Mold that grows inside of buildings and homes can be not only harmful to one’s health, it can also cause damage and even destroy the structure of buildings and its contents. The attorneys at Silva Injury Law can represent you in toxic mold cases.
WHAT IS TOXIC MOLD
It is common for mold and mold spores to grow within homes and buildings. Mold is a common component of household dust. There are hundreds of different species of mold throughout the United States which do not pose a threat to humans. However, certain types of mold, commonly known as toxic molds, can be extremely harmful to humans. Stachybotrys, or “black mold” is especially dangerous and can cause a variety of serious health problems.
Potential symptoms of exposure to mold include:
- Cold and flu-like symptoms
- Bloody noses
- Skin rashes
- Lung damage
- Chest and joint Pain
- Liver Disorders
HOW TO CHECK FOR MOLD IN YOUR HOME
In order to grow and spread, mold needs moisture. This necessary moisture can typically come from defective construction, maintenance, and repairs, such as door or window leaks, plumbing leaks, roof leaks, as well as grading or drainage problems. Mold grows in moist and warm areas. Damp basements, closets, bathrooms, wood, ceiling tiles are very common places for mold to grow. The most serious place that mold has a tendency to grow is inside the walls and flooring in homes. Mold can develop very quickly on water damaged materials, in as few as 24-48 hours.
There are two main ways in which you can test for mold in your building or home. The first, air testing, involves taking air samples through an air pump and petri dish. The sample is then sent to a laboratory to be analyzed. If mold grows on the petri dish, then it can be determined that mold is present in the home. The second method, called bulk testing, involves a variety of tests such as sending mold-laden drywall in a sealed container to a laboratory for analysis, and tape lift sampling.
LITIGATION OF TOXIC MOLD DAMAGES
Exposure to toxic mold can cause a variety of problems, both related damage to health and property. Courts take these issues seriously and will hold the parties responsible for the construction or maintenance of the building where the mold was located. Whether this is in your place of work, your rented apartment, or other property. When mold has been identified, those who have been exposed can be eligible for a claim for compensation for both the physical as well as emotional injuries caused by the exposure.
CONTACT A LAWYER IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO TOXIC MOLD
If you have become sick due to exposure to toxic mold, or have experienced damage to property from mold, an attorney can help you discuss the possible solutions to your situation. An attorney can help you take legal action to hold landlords, builders, sellers, contractors, and other entities responsible for your damages and injuries.
The attorneys at Silva Injury Law are dedicated to advocating for victims. If you have been a victim of mold exposure, please contact us for a free consultation.