January is Radon Action Month

Understanding the Risks of Radon Poisoning

Although it has only been better understood over the last 30 years, many older houses have the risk of carrying carcinogenic radon. This type of poisoning often occurs in unventilated basements without proper maintenance.

Radon poisoning depends on a number of factors, including exposure over a long period. Such poisoning causes headaches and an elevated risk of cancer. Such a risk of cancer may even cause death under certain conditions.

That is why activists declared January National Radon Action Month. This is especially important for renters. Often homeowners solve the issue of radon upon buying a house– some banks won’t lend if they know the house has radon in it. However, in apartments, the landlord may not think to check. In other cases, the landlord simply doesn’t care. In either case, this presents a potential danger for both residential and commercial renters.

If you believe that your landlord has not been honest with you or has not checked the radon level in your house or apartment, you need legal advice. It is against the law and most local codes to allow for the radon levels to rise to the point that is dangerous to humans. Furthermore, doing so knowingly also opens up a landlord to civil cases for negligence. All of this is of course secondary to your health.

Your Legal Rights Dealing with Radon

Furthermore, if you or a loved one fears the effects of radon, contact a skilled attorney immediately. In southern California, the best premises liability attorneys are those at the Ehline Personal Injury Law Firm APLC. Our Los Angeles based firm has offices across the state and have helped hundreds of renters
and residents get their sense of autonomy back. Our consultation is free and we work on contingency. We don’t ask for a penny unless we recover for you and your loved ones.

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