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Safety Hazards Found in Hampton, VA Apartments

A recent inspection of the Harbor Square apartment complex in downtown Hampton, Virginia (VA), revealed dangerous living conditions. Inspectors found "asbestos, mold, lead-based paint, roach infestation, rustling and failing stairs, a broken sewer system and furnaces leaking exhaust directly into units." accroding to the Daily Press. The City of Hampton recently acquired the complex and plans to spend as muc as $5 million to resolve and repair problems.

Though it is definitely reassuring to hear that repairs will be made, one has to wonder how long residents have been subjected to the health hazards. Exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. The lead-based paint used throughout the complex can lead to lead poisoning. Kids under the age of 6 and fetuses exposed via their mother's blood are most susceptible to lead poising, which has been linked to anemia, learning disabilities and kidney, and immune system damage. Exposure to mold can lead to asthma and allergic reactions.

If you or someone you know lives or used to live in this complex, consider giving us a call. No one should be subjected to such atrocious living conditions. If your safety, or the health of your children, was put at risk, you deserve justice. As a personal injury lawyer, I've seen some bad living conditions, but this case combines all of a renter's worst nightmares.

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