Video – Poisoning death leads to lawsuit against Southern Nevada Health District

Regarding this statement from the news story – “A lot of my teeth came out in pieces and they were black as coal because of the mold,” Dan’s wife Wendy Pauluck told News 3. “…it’s been hard – emotionally, financially, in every way possible. I basically had what he was dying from.” – Before reading this story, the only information I have seen about how mold can affect teeth referred to receding gums.  Now I know what the black areas are on my teeth and what caused this along with the rapidly receding gums that started showing up after we were exposed to high levels of toxins produced by years of mold growth in the HVAC system and throughout the apartment leased to us. 

And regarding this statement – That’s one reason the family is filing a lawsuit. In addition, they are doing it to recover medical costs and lost wages and bring awareness to what they claim is negligence, carelessness, and recklessness on the part of the Health District. – That is the same reason we filed a lawsuit against Riverstone Residential (formally Trammel Crow Residential) and it should have included the owners of the complex (coming soon) but we have an incompetent and unethical attorney who must not know that and who has purposely worked against us. They all knew of this and have been covering up it up (and still are) as best they can.  I had not planned on having to have all my teeth removed and replaced with implants because mold is destroying them and causing receding gums, not to mention the affects of dental problems on health especially with mitral valve prolapse.  The longer this continues, the worse it gets.  The longer they deny knowing the toxic conditions they exposed us to, the more it will cost them.  I am doing this to recover the medical costs I did not even have to have and can’t afford along with those of my daughter and her son (who was only a year old) and to bring awareness to the negligence, carelessness, and recklessness on the part of  Riverstone Residential, the former and present owners of Jefferson Lakes Apartments, and the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.  katy

April 23, 2009

He devoted his career to keeping other healthy and ended up losing his life due to a preventable environmental hazard. It’s hard to believe where it all started.

Dan Pauluck worked at the Southern Nevada Health District, the place where doctors believe he was infected with toxic mold.

News 3 first broke the story in 2006 and now, as News 3’s Katherine Whaley reports, his family claims they are suffering from the same illness and many others could be at risk.

In the months before his death, Dan Pauluck battled memory loss, skin sores, and organ failure. Dan spent the last years of his life fighting an agency dedicated to public health; one he believes exposed him to the fungus that would eventually kill him.

Dan died in 2007 despite repeated efforts he made to have toxic mold removed from the environmental wing at the Southern Nevada Health District where he worked. But Dan’s health was only the beginning of an uphill battle for his family, who are now facing the same infection.

“A lot of my teeth came out in pieces and they were black as coal because of the mold,” Dan’s wife Wendy Pauluck told News 3. “…it’s been hard – emotionally, financially, in every way possible. I basically had what he was dying from.”

Wendy, daughter Chrissy, and even his caretaker Dean, say they are recovering from mold poisoning from cross-contamination. That’s an infection caused by mold spores they believe were carried into their home days after day on Dan’s clothing.

The Paulucks believe there could be many more victims out there; people exposed to the toxic mold who worked at the Southern Nevada Health District or even folks who simply came into the building.

That’s one reason the family is filing a lawsuit. In addition, they are doing it to recover medical costs and lost wages and bring awareness to what they claim is negligence, carelessness, and recklessness on the part of the Health District.

“We believe that there is a strong possibility that there are many others out there that have been affected and they just don’t know,” attorney Tracey Eglet said.

And now, as the family struggles to regain its own health, they’re hoping the courts will help them protect the health of many others.

“He (Dan) was a man who had great integrity and believed in doing his job thoroughly and that’s why he took the stand he did,” said Wendy.

We called the Southern Nevada Health District, but they are not making comments at this time. Two other plaintiffs are named in this lawsuit, including a former colleague of Dan Pauluck and her husband.

Lawyers have not ruled out the possibility of a class action lawsuit. A previous lawsuit to recover damages from Dan’s death was filed in 2007. It is now pending in federal court. No trial date has been set.

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About Sharon Kramer

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3 Responses to Video – Poisoning death leads to lawsuit against Southern Nevada Health District

  1. Mike says:

    Yes! I’ve had a number of seemingly unrelated issues over the last few years, sometimes leaving my doctor to think I’m making things up. The mold in my house explains so much – rashes, sinus infections, sensitivity to fruits, wine, sulfites, etc. I’ve also been seeing my jaw bone disappear. I’m told that it’s just periodontal disease. These things don’t just come from nothing, though. Fossils from ages ago still include teeth. I knew there was a cause. My diet is highly alkaline. I floss and brush softly. I drink plenty of water, but no soda or coffee. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure my receding jaws. Alas, just another casualty of mold. I can’t afford to move and it’s growing by the day.

  2. Brad Gore says:

    Is there any progress with the above mentioned legal case? I was forced to quit my job at this same agency or “go down a disiplinary road” My crime was being outspoken about health issues at the Southern Nevada Health District. I for one was severly punished for asking to take a break to cool off on a record heat day in the Las Vegas Summer. I was working outside all day combating West Nile Virus. SNHD then fabricated alleged bad behavior as a cover. Perhaps the lesson to be learned is that this agency completly lakes any form of honest leadership with the courage to take responsibility and admit mistakes. In fact it seems those at the agency actually enjoy doing damage to people. This seems true all the way to the top. The human resources department at this agency is a portrait of old school Las Vegas corruption. It would be a good source for any investigative writer or reporter looking to probe the depths of one of the worst examples of government out of control in our United States.

  3. lorraine says:

    I did not know why my teeth were cracking off, not an entire tooth. Because of this, I suffer with cuts on my tongue from jagged teeth.
    I really would appreciate if someone would give me websites about this. I can only find yours.
    As all mold cases, my has devestated an entire family.

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