Last week we posted about an ongoing Class Action lawsuit filed by Guardian Law Group LLP against Excel Homes for allegedly negligent design which resulted in the early death of at least one resident of the neighbourhood of Heartland. To date, there have been a number of inquiries on the matter and increasing amounts of evidence suggesting this is an issue which affected many residents of the area.
For those unfamiliar, the Yakemchuk family moved in to their Excel-built home in April 2017. Since moving in their home has repeatedly flooded and/or had unsafe amounts of water in the basement. Deja, the daughter of the family, had long suffered asthma, but it had always been mild, never requiring hospitalization or paramedics to be called. However, after moving in to their Excel-built home Deja suffered five severe attacks requiring paramedics within an eight month period. The last one of these attacks sent Deja to the ICU where she later died.
A mould report done of the property indicated the level of spores in the house was “400 times above” acceptable levels.
The Statement of Claim filed by Guardian Law Group regarding the case alleges Excel Homes “knew or ought to have known that there was a high-water table in the area but did not install sump pumps,” used negligent “building design” and “sealing of the exterior foundation walls” and “intentionally or unintentionally failed to provide mould reports to the Plaintiff and/or Class members.”
Guardian Law Group’s Mathew Farrell had this to say on the matter: “We are hoping to help the Yakemchuks, and we’re also hoping to help others who are in a similar situation, who hopefully haven’t experienced the kind of loss that they had but nonetheless are experiencing some significant loss, whether it be to their house or the value of their homes or the cost of repair.”
Mathew is no stranger to defending those who’ve had unjust issues related to their homes. Many will remember Mat as the lawyer who stood up for the many residents of the Midfield Mobile Home Park.