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What Is Toxic Mold?
Part of the fungus family which includes mushrooms and yeast, mold is found in dark moist areas in the house and in nature. Not all molds are dangerous, in fact most are safe and beneficial. However, there are molds that are toxic, such as stachybotrys, which can cause serious health problems. Mold is most often spread throughout a household through the ventilation system.
What Are the Typical Symptoms of Exposure to Toxic Mold?
Symptoms of exposure to toxic mold are hard to separate from other common illnesses such as colds and flu's. Typically, young children suffer from the most severe symptoms of toxic mold exposure. These symptoms include:
- Allergy type reactions, such as congestion, coughing, or respiratory problems
- Vomiting, nausea, rashes
- Bleeding from the lungs, cancer and birth defects in the most severe cases
What Problems Can I Expect If I Try to Sue for Toxic Mold Injuries?
If you sue for injuries from toxic mold, you may encounter the following issues:
- Proving Injury: The medical community has had difficulty proving the hazards of toxic molds. Insurance companies don’t often cover toxic mold, although some attorneys label toxic mold as "water intrusion" or "biological contamination" as a way around this issue.
- Proving Causation: Another problem in suits regarding toxic mold is determining who is responsible. It's often difficult to discover whether exposure to toxic mold was the fault of your landlord, the contractor who built your home, or the result of your own negligence. Contractors or landlords who are sued for toxic mold often defend themselves by blaming the plaintiff’s housekeeping.
- Recovering Damages: Since proving injury is difficult, recovering a significant amount of money for the injuries can be just as difficult. Damage to property, harassment/retaliation, and constructive eviction are common ways of bolstering damage awards in a toxic mold case.
What Evidence Should I Gather to Help My Case?
Toxic mold cases are easier to win if there is:
- Photographs of the mold and the property damage that the mold caused.
- Reports from city building inspectors, environmental laboratories, and other third-party experts confirming that the mold in the building is toxic.
- Medical reports linking mold to health issues.
- Written communication between plaintiffs and contractors/landlords, such as letters or e-mail.
Should I Consult an Attorney about Toxic Mold Exposure?
Toxic mold cases present unique legal problems and involve several fields of law. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine who is legally responsible for your toxic mold problem.A personal injury lawyer can also represent you in court and file any necessary paperwork.
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Last Modified: 08-26-2014 03:24 PM PDT
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