NYC Toxic Mold
Toxic mold is a variety of mold capable of producing molecular toxins known as mycotoxins. These toxins spread easily in moist environments and can cause health risks.
There are currently no national public health standards determining what a safe level of mold exposure is. And many insurance policies contain mold exclusions. The combination of these factors makes it difficult to recover damages even though being around toxic mold is a known health risk.
If you have been exposed to toxic mold in New York City, Morgan & Morgan can help. Our attorneys have decades of experience and a proven track record in taking on causes that matter, such as your health and well-being. Because we are a large firm that handles solely personal injury cases, we have the ability and expertise to take on insurance companies that offer insufficient settlements.
How Common Is Toxic Mold?
The two types of toxic mold are stachybotrys chartarum, or black mold, and aspergillis. Black mold is most commonly found in flood-damaged houses because it requires sustained moisture to develop. Aspergillis is a more common variety that can take hold in any moist environment, including wallpaper, carpeting, wood, insulation, and drywall.
Only some species of aspergillis and black mold are toxigenic — i.e., only some produce mycotoxins. But all mold in high concentrations can cause property damage and may be a health hazard, particularly if the people exposed to it have underlying health risks such as allergies, a weakened immune system, or chronic lung disease. However, if one has been in contact with these particular strains of toxigenic mold, the potential risk is greater.
What Are the Health Risks Associated With Toxic Mold?
Exposure to toxic mold can threaten the health of people with respiratory conditions such as COPD and asthma, and weak immune systems. It may be especially be harmful to children's health, possibly predisposing them to asthma.
Long-term, toxic mold exposure can cause the following symptoms:
- Chronic coughing
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Memory loss
- Inflammation of the sinuses and a heightened risk of infection
- Trouble concentrating
- Numbness in the hands and feet
The longer you are exposed to high levels of mold, the more serious these symptoms can become.
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