Across the US and in particular California, toxic mold has become a growing concern in most residential and commercial properties. In fact, mold injury suits are no longer unique in the courtrooms. Mold injury mainly occurs in offices and rental premises that are in poor conditions. Currently, there are 10,000 mold injury cases filed in the United States’ cities California included. California is among the pioneers regarding toxic mold. Under the Toxic Mold Act of 2001, the state department of health services was tasked with determining the permissible mold exposure limit and then devising measures for gauging the risk it poses. The same act demands that the landlords and all those who sell commercial and residential properties have to inform the current occupants in writing any present and past presence of mold in the property.
Our Californian Personal Injury Lawyers Can HelpWe know how hard it can get to handle insurance and the legal case while at the same time getting medical treatment. Johnson Attorneys Group has an experienced California lawyer who will help you with your insurance claims and prove the case while you focus on getting medical treatment. Even if you have no medical cover, we will find you a medical doctor who’ll attend to you.
Mold Exposure Health Risks & Other DamagesMold thrives in high moist or humid areas. As mold reproduce, they release spores which pose a huge risk to the health of the residents as well as any materials. Individuals sensitive to spores and fragments end up with severe allergic reactions. Mold weakens the immunes system of the victims making them even more vulnerable to infection from the mold and other opportunistic condition such as skin diseases including athlete's disease and yeast infection. According to the National Institute for Occupation Safety (NIOSH), Individuals exposed to mold for a long time will exhibit the following symptoms:
- Nose bleeding
- Chronic fatigue
- Dry, itchy skin
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
Filing a Mold Injury LawsuitIf you develop health problems, lose property or any sustain any other loss due to mold infestation in a commercial or residential property, then the law allows you to file a legal claim. A mold injury case requires that you provide compelling evidence to increase the chances of settling the case. It means documenting everything including the accurate date the injury occurred, photos of the mold-infested parts, receipts and bills of inspections, medical appointments, reports and all records.
Who Is Liable for Mold Injury?In most cases, mold infestation and subsequent infection result from negligence. It’s the duty of the property owners or managers to maintain the condition of the property. Your attorney has to prove that by failing to address the mold problem in time, the property owner or manager was in breach of duty. Under the California toxic statute, the landlord and the property dealers have to inform the occupants of the past of current mold infestation. The seller will be accountable for the mold injury where the plaintiff wasn't told before occupying the property. Also, the builders and contractors may be culprits if they failed to disclose the possibility of mold growth even with enough knowledge. Lastly, the company that provided subpar building supplies likely to encourage mold infestation may be held accountable.
Settling a Mold Injury CaseIf you win a case, you'll be compensated for the injuries sustained, and losses suffered. In most cases, the court will grant you damages for income lost due to days off, cost of medical bills, property ruined, repairs incurred, inspection costs, physical & emotional pain and suffering.
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