I was a tenant who leased an apartment for over eight (8) consecutive years and exposed to breathing fumes from toxic chemicals, which entered into my apartment through tenants who operated an illegal methamphetamine manufacturing laboratory directly near my unit. These toxic chemicals caused me to experience severe headaches, diarrhea, nausea, memory loss, internal pain and permanent scarring on my skin. The Plymouth Housing Group and the City of Seattle knowingly allowed the illegal circumstance to continue causing it to jeopardize my health, while failing to take reasonable steps to avert my injuries. This was the probable consequence of their negligence in fixing the problem.
There may be some questions as to whether the potential Defendants actually knew about the problem. The obvious Defendant would be the operators of the methamphetamine lab, especially if they have assets worth going after. If there is indeed evidence that the Plymouth Housing Group had knowledge of the hazard and they owned the premises, you may have a case. It is unclear why you think the City of Seattle might have some share of the blame.
Attorney's in Washington are not generally permitted to claim that they "specialize".
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Good luck to you. There a likely immunities to overcome. Also, a negligence case requires the necessary proofs.
God bless. I am in Chicago and do not practice in your state.
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We practice law only in California and each state's laws are different. You should immediately contact a local experienced attorney in your town or state. Here's a general overview regarding personal injury damages…
Generally speaking, a person is injured or suffers damages as a result of the careless and wrongful conduct of another, than the person who is harmed is entitled to be "made whole" by way of monetary damages.
This includes the negligence of another apartment renter or owner. That being said, many governmental immunities may prevent or otherwise bar you from asserting a claim against the government. You may also be required to file a very specific type of notice before commencing litigation against the city.
Were you aware of the illegal activity? Did you report the problems in writing to anyone?
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