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Exposure and diagnosis from mold or micro-toxin related exposure can be difficult to prove, as the illness sometimes is not readily apparent.  Landlords may also have a non-liability clause or waiver in your lease, it is important you hire an experience lawyer that knows these issues inside and out. Gathering your evidence is critical too.

Take photographs and video of your residence, obtain medical records, collect a copy of your lease, and have the air quality in your apartment tested by an environmental expert.  These are just a few things you can do to protect yourself against an unscrupulous landlord or prevent denial of insurance coverage.

An individual may not realize there dwelling is actually making them sick. Sometimes potentially harmful accumulation and growth of mold spores could be growing in parts of the dwelling that a tenant or homeowner cannot see or is not responsible for maintaining.

Some of the mold that grows in our living spaces is harmless, however; there are certain types of mold that are considered toxic. The most harmful type of mold is black mold (Stachybotrys). Mold thrives on moisture. Humid, damp areas like bathrooms or walls that house leaky pipes are common breeding grounds for mold. Toxic mold growth can be perpetuated by defective building materials, shoddy construction, poor maintenance, leaky basements, and bad indoor air quality.

Landlords, building owners, and employers can be found negligent if they have allowed a toxic mold problem to exist and worsen in a building, and if the damage is undisclosed. Your home or workplace can be unsafe if black mold is present.

The very young and the very old, or anyone with a weakened immune system, are more susceptible to toxic mold injuries, and they can cause problems such as:

  • eye irritation
  • nasal congestion
  • coughing
  • asthma
  • allergies
  • lung damage
  • rashes
  • headaches
  • dizziness

Long term exposure to toxic mold can also cause severe pulmonary or brain damage. If you have become ill from exposure to toxic mold, see your doctor and speak with an attorney. Mold cases can be extremely complicated, so it is best to consult a lawyer who has experience with these claims.