Entries by Attorney Gordon Johnson

Fuel Poverty Equals Carbon Monoxide

Fuel Poverty Means Greater Risk of Unsafe Homes Fuel poverty equates to greater risk of exposure to cold, elements and carbon monoxide poisoning as access to good, affordable housing keeps dropping as homeless and slum conditions magnify. By Rebecca Martin December 15th marks the release of the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s new film “The Hand […]

Car Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Winter Worst Time for Car Carbon Monoxide Deaths Cars can be a significant culprit in Carbon Monoxide Deaths, particularly when people sleep in them for heat or to charge cell phones.   By Rebecca Martin This month carbon monoxide claimed the lives of three people in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Ruby Roberts, her daughter-in-law Ellay Mae […]

Lethal Carbon Monoxide Misconceptions

Carbon Monoxide Misconceptions are Dangerous Carbon monoxide misconceptions start with confusing CO2 for Carbon monoxide, but include failure to take the lethal threat of engine exhaust and alarms seriously. By Rebecca Martin One of the challenges facing society today is addressing the speed with which  misinformation and disinformation travels across social media platforms and online […]

School Carbon Monoxide Season is Here

School Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Strikes Again School Carbon Monoxide Poisoning season is upon us, including the evacuation of the Warring Elementary School in Poughkeepsie for high levels of CO. By Rebecca Martin The arrival of cold weather inevitably brings us stories of carbon monoxide exposure. Furnaces and boilers are turned on for the first time months. […]

Preparing for Winter Heating Season

Carbon Monoxide Free Winter Heating Season Preparing for the winter heating season must include preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, which must start with carbon monoxide detectors and comprehensive furnace maintenance. By Rebecca Martin  October is a time to make last minute preparations for the approaching cold weather and this is especially true when it comes to […]

Comprehension Deficits after Brain Injury

Comprehension Deficits Are the Big Picture Stuff Newer research and better assessment is informing the connection between brain injury and comprehension deficits. By Rebecca Martin Today I would like to explore what we are learning about the comprehension deficits in those with mild brain injury. “I have read the same page 3 times and still […]

Slumlords Continue to Endanger Tenants

Landlords or Slumlords: Cities Fighting Back Slumlords take advantage of legal procedures for evictions while ignoring codes that require proper maintenance endangering tenants. Today we look at slumlords in several major cities to help illustrate where greater tenant advocacy is needed.  By Rebecca Martin New York Slumlords In the 2000’s,  gentrification pioneers and business partners, […]

Muddled Mess of Illegal Urban Apartments 

Illegal Urban Apartments Can be Deadly Illegal urban apartments are the products of greed, poor regulatory control and lack of awareness of problems that come from adapting marginal spaces for human occupancy. By Rebecca Martin There are many problems associated with illegal urban apartments in major U.S cities. From Los Angeles to Chicago to New […]

Chicago Apartment Carbon Monoxide Deaths

Apartment Carbon Monoxide Deaths strike Chicago’s South Side Two are left dead in an apartment carbon monoxide poisoning in the Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood with four others hospitalized. This Friday, September 10, in Chicago two women died and four others, including 3 children were hospitalized in an apartment carbon monoxide poisoning. The two deceased women […]

Illegal Basement Apartments – Landlord Greed

Greed the Reason for Illegal Basement Apartments The Landlord Greed of illegal basement apartments spelled death after Ida, in similar ways to CO cases. By Rebecca Martin The recent deaths of East coast residents from flooding due to Hurricane Ida, many of whom were tenants in basement apartments, have brought renewed scrutiny on illegal basement […]