The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) will pay the family of a girl $9.68 million to settle a lawsuit prompted by brain damage she sustained when mold in her public housing apartment triggered an asthma attack. Ebony Gage, now 16, was 12 years old when the episode occurred at the apartment in Frankford. The family contended that PHA was aware of the condition, continued to pay the landlord full rent, and required them to give 30 days’ notice before they could vacate the apartment. It was during that time Gage had the asthma attack.
Under a federal statute known as a “state-created danger,” those three actions left Gage “more vulnerable to harm,” thereby violating her civil rights. PHA paid the rent to a property management company, which also agreed to pay $2 million to settle the suit. Michael Trunk, a lawyer with the Philadelphia firm of Kline & Specter, handled the case for Ebony and her mother. Ebony, who can’t walk or talk, is unable to make her needs known. The settlement will allow the child’s mother to get her the care she badly needs and deserves.
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