sick building syndrome

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sick building syndrome

A combination of symptoms—rashes, respiratory problems, fatigue, headaches—that appear when one is in a building or a portion of a building and diminish when one is away from the building.The symptoms cannot be traced to any single cause, but they typically manifest in office buildings and very rarely in residential properties. Contrast with a building-related illness, which can be traced to a particular source, such as Legionnaires'disease.

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Recent awareness of the causes of illness and long latency periods relating to building sickness and radon exposure, coupled with the development of case law in asbestos litigation and other toxic torts, as well as legislation setting forth minimal standards of care, should alert defense counsel and their clients to an awareness of how courts and juries will perceive their duties in the future.

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