Mold in your home or at the workplace is never a pleasant situation to deal with, but when it comes to toxic mold it is not just a case of being unpleasant but also downright dangerous. Mold and mold spores are ubiquitous in nature and are common components of household dust. Virtually all homes and buildings have some mold. There are hundreds of species of mold found in the United States that are not harmful to humans. The worst types of molds which are known to be harmful to humans are: Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Stachybotrys chartarum. These types of mold are commonly known as toxic molds.
Exposure to significant quantities of certain types of mold spores can cause health problems. Under proper growing conditions some species of molds may generate molecular compounds called mycotoxins. In large quantities or with long term exposure, mycotoxins can be toxic to humans or animals.
Mold can grow in moist warm areas like damp basements, wood, ceiling tile, closets, and bathrooms, but are also commonly found in refrigerator drip trays, house plants, humidifiers, garbage pails, mattresses, upholstered furniture and anywhere fresh food is stored. The worst place that molds can grow, however, is inside wall cavities and flooring of our homes. This is very common if there has been a plumbing leak, an inadequate roof or if the structural integrity of the home or building becomes compromised. Mold can be found wherever there are cellulose materials they can feed on (such as wood, ceiling tiles, or plasterboard).
Toxic Mold Litigation
Like any other type of toxic substance, exposure to toxic mold is taken seriously by the courts, and in many cases the persons or companies responsible for the construction or maintenance of the building where the toxic mold has been found knows or should know of its presence. It may be that you or your family have been exposed to significant quantities of toxic mold in your rented apartment, and that you and other tenants have repeatedly complained to the property management company or landlord of the presence of the mold. Or, it may be that you have been exposed to the mold at your place of work, and nothing has ever been done to check for the presence of such molds or to remove any mold that has been identified. In such situations, those exposed to the toxic mold could be eligible to claim a fair amount of compensation for the physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result of the exposure. If you feel that you or a loved one has been affected by exposure to toxic mold, you should seek is to seek legal assistance right away.
Prolonged exposure and inhalation of these molds can result in long lasting serious health problems, including:
- Asthma exacerbation
- Chronic Fatigue
- Eye Irritations
- Memory Loss
- Skin Rashes
- Bronchitis and other flu-like symptoms
- Neurological Damage
- Immune System Deficiency
- Respiratory Damage
- Lung Disease
In addition to physical injuries, property damages can be substantial. Structural damage caused by water or water vapor trapped behind walls is a prime location for mold to grow. Both toxic and allergenic (non-toxic) molds can grow on wood, ceiling tiles, drywall, latex paint, paper, carpet, and foods. If moisture problems are not corrected quickly and properly, the growth can be exponential and the end results catastrophic to the structure of the home. Sometimes, mold can infect personal property such as household furniture, bedding, mattresses, clothing, shoes, electronic equipment, appliances, heating and cooling units (HVAC), etc. Sometimes these items can be professionally cleaned through an expensive remediation process. Only a professional can tell you whether property infected with mold is salvageable.
If you have been injured or suffered property damage as a result of toxic molds in the workplace or in your home, others may be held legally accountable for their negligence. Parties in toxic mold litigation often include property management companies, property owners, employers, architects, roofers, heating and ventilation companies, contractors plumbers and others. With the assistance of an experienced toxic mold attorney, you may be able to recover damages for:
- Pain and Suffering
- Medical Bills
- Relocation Expenses
- Workers Compensation
- Mental Anguish and Emotional Distress
- Loss of Property
When dealing with mold issues, you want attorneys working for you who can navigate through the legal, medical and investigative issues. At Willoughby Doyle LLP, we are committed to the advocacy of mold victims. We currently represent several plaintiffs in mold litigation. If you or your family has been a victim of a mold related injury, please contact us.
Does the Firm Handle Cases in My Hometown?
Yes. Willoughby Doyle is a national law firm. We represent clients in substantial injury cases across the country. Our lawyers are licensed to practice in California, New York, Florida, Ohio, and the District of Columbia. The attorneys of Willoughby Doyle LLP will obtain admission in any state where our technical expertise and trial experience can make a difference, subject to the rules of each jurisdiction.
Statute of Limitations
The laws of toxic mold litigation vary in each state. In addition, there are time limits (statute of limitations) within which you must file any legal action. If you do not file legal action within the statute of limitations in your state, you may forfeit your right to recover damages. If you believe you have a claim related to toxic mold, do not wait. Seek professional advice immediately.
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