What is Toxic Mold?
Toxic mold can develop in homes and commercial buildings when naturally occurring mold spores are allowed to grow and spread, usually because of moisture in the home or building. Toxic mold, or more accurately, mold that produces mycotoxins, presents a lurking danger to many homeowners.
The toxins from many common forms of mold can cause asthma, allergic reactions, and other unpleasant symptoms. To make matters worse, mold can be difficult and expensive to remove.
The presence of toxic mold can lead to health problems such as allergic reactions and respiratory difficulties. Home builders, contractors, landlords, and others can be held legally responsible for property damage and personal injury caused by toxic mold. If you feel you have been exposed to toxic mold at home or work, it may be time to discuss your legal rights.
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Causes of Toxic Mold
While many people have heard of "black mold," in fact there are a variety of strains that can cause ill health effects to residents and occupants in homes, businesses, and places of employment.
Mold spores are everywhere in the natural environment. They enter homes through windows or open doors, pets, or attached to people. Once inside, the spore must have abundant moisture, the correct temperature range, and a food source.
Toxic Mold Injuries
If you suffer harm as a result of toxic mold exposure, you may pursue a claim against those responsible for your illness, structural damages, and remediation costs -- including:
- Contractors and subcontractors (including: general contractors, roofers, framers, siding/stucco contractors, etc)
- Architects and structural engineers (parties who have failed to incorporate mold prevention in design)
- Material suppliers and manufacturers (including: window manufacturers, siding manufacturers, etc)
- Previous homeowners (for failing to disclose known problems)
You may have a claim for medical testing and treatments if you have suffered an illness because of a toxic mold problem at your home or place of work. Obviously, the amount of your claim will depend on the severity of your illness and resulting medical expenses.
Getting Toxic Mold Legal Help
Mold will grow when there is excessive moisture in a home or commercial building. Adverse health effects and clean-up costs after mold exposure can be devastating. If you discover a mold problem in your home, business, or place of employment, you should contact a toxic mold lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your situation and explore your legal options.