My question involves insurance law for the state of: Illinois
I rent a house from a private landlord & the other night I came home to no hot water. I called the landlord & they asked me if I had a problem calling the gas company & saying that I smelled a strong gas odor so that if they came out & my pilot light was out, theyd light it. Even though I knew they were just being lazy, I did what they asked me to & calld the gas company.
When the gas man came into my home the gas meter actually started to go off (evn though I never smelled gas) & come to find out that I had a gas leak in my stove (seperate from the water issue). The gas man asked me how long I'd lived in my home & I said 7months. He said this leak was pretty bad & was probably leaking since the stove was connected. He replaced the valve & instructed me to keep my windows open for a while & then he left.
My concern is that I had been living in a home with a gas leak and that the stove was not properly connected (landlord supplied the stove & connected it before I moved in). A few months back I started getting headaches that were far worse than anything I'd ever had before. I had them for almost a month straight before I went to my doctor, then a chiropractor, and even an eye doctor trying to figure out what was wrong. Nothing was ever determined. I went to a chiropractor for as long as I could afford to pay out of pocket just to have massages and ajustments which seemed to make the pain easier to deal with. My headaches lasted almost 3 months until they subsided. I also have 3 small children. My middle child is 2 & has had severe issues with sinuses and breathing since we have lived here. I've taken her to allergists & she takes 5 different prescription medications daily which include 2 different inhaled medications in a breathing machine 2-4 times daily. My youngest son also sounds like he weezes and has trouble breathing. In the entire time we've lived here I've never smelled gas. I would have had no reason to of thought we had a gas leak. (I also noticed the the house doesn't have carbon monoxide detectors, which is required by code)
When I told my landlord, she made no comments. I guess my concern is do I have grounds to break my lease & take any type of legal action?? At any point in time my house could have blown up. I'm thankful that I called the gas company and this was found, however it just doesn't sit well with me knowing that the stove was improperly connected, my home could have blown up at any time, and I have paid 100's of dollars in doctors visits along with missing work due to being sick and my child being sick.