Long-term exposure to black mold can be hazardous to your health, and its removal may require costly remediation. The discovery of a potentially dangerous toxin in a place where you should feel safe from harm can be incredibly stressful. And for individuals with underlying health problems like COPD or asthma, black mold exposure may lead to serious complications.
Otherwise known as toxic mold, black mold refers to a particular species of mold, Stachybotrys chartarum, that can produce molecular toxins, or mycotoxins. These toxins spread through the air when colonies of established mold release spores. A relatively uncommon kind of mold, S. chartarum thrives in moist conditions such a home or building that was flooded.
If you believe your health symptoms are due to black mold exposure, it’s important to contact Morgan & Morgan. Our experienced black mold attorneys fight hard for clients and have a reputation among insurance companies for refusing to accept a low settlement, even if it means taking the case to trial. To date, our offices have recovered over $5 billion for more than 100,000 clients nationwide.
Who Is Responsible for Damages as the Result of Black Mold Exposure?
- Your insurance company may be responsible, particularly if the mold results from one of the perils listed in your policy. For instance, if black mold develops due to a roof leak and that is a listed peril, the insurance company may be obligated to cover the cost of remediation.
- Contractors may also be liable for black mold infestations, particularly if they were negligent during the construction of your home, using shoddy materials or wood exposed to the elements.
- An architect or engineer might be liable for black mold damage if they failed to design the home with proper ventilation, creating a perfect environment for black mold to develop.
- Prior owner, realtor, or home inspector. If the individuals involved in selling you a home where black mold was already present either (1) willfully failed to disclose the problem or (2) were unaware of the problem, they may be responsible for damages.
What Health Problems Does Black Mold Cause?
The greatest risk is from long-term exposure to black mold. You may experience the following symptoms:
- Chronic coughing
- Sensitivity to light
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Memory loss
- Trouble concentrating
- Nerve damage, especially numbness in the hands and feet
Symptoms may be worse for children and people with mold allergy, chronic lung ailments, and asthma. However, with enough exposure, even otherwise healthy individuals may become sick from the mycotoxins associated with black mold
Contact a Black Mold Attorney Today
Are you or a loved one suffering from health problems arising from exposure to black mold? Morgan & Morgan understands how stressful it can be to live with a known toxin in your home — we want to fight for you. We treat every client like family and handle all cases personally to ensure you’re getting the best service possible. Fill out a no-cost case review form to speak with one of our black mold attorneys and see if you are entitled to receive compensation for medical bills, lost work, or pain and suffering.
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