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Who Is Liable if You Find Mold in Your Florida Home?

Toxic mold is a fungal growth that can grow in damp, warm environments. It can grow on any solid surface, including furniture, walls, floors, and inside walls, too. Unfortunately, South Florida has the right conditions for mold to flourish. It is warm most of the year and coastal areas, especially, tend to be humid. Major storms and flooding also affect the area, and these disasters can easily lead to mold.

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Toxic mold, specifically Stachybotrys Chartarum and toxigenic Aspergillus, can harm your health. They can cause:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Headaches
  • Eye irritation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nasal and sinus problems
  • Legionnaire’s Disease, an infection caused by bacteria
  • Vasomotor rhinitis, an allergic condition that affects your sinuses
  • Bronchitis and asthma
  • Breathing difficulties

Do I Have Mold Damage Claim?

There are a few cases where you may have a claim against a liable party if you suffer illness or injury due to mold:

  • A contractor did their work poorly, and mold grows in your home as a result
  • You are exposed to dangerous mold in school or the workplace, and it makes you sick
  • There is mold in your home and your landlord refuses to eliminate it

Basically, if you suffer harm because of toxic mold and someone’s negligence led to your injury, you may have a premises liability claim or another claim. For example, if your landlord is informed of mold on the property and does nothing, you may have a claim. If your employer does not properly maintain the work workplace and mold causes you to become ill, you may have a claim.

If you’ve noticed mold in your home or workplace, take photos and inform the property owner, if you’re a worker or renting the property. Avoid touching the mold or coming into contact with it. Do not try to remove the mold yourself. A mold remediation expert can evaluate the situation and let you know whether mold is growing under the surface of floors and walls, too. If it is, remediation may mean removing affected building materials and replacing them. If this isn’t done, mold may continue to grow and will continue to affect your health.

Contact an attorney. An attorney can review the facts of your situation and can help you understand whether you have a claim. If you decide to pursue compensation, an attorney can take care of all the details of filing and presenting your claim, negotiating with your landlord or other parties, and seeking a resolution or compensation for your damages.

If you decide to seek financial recovery for your mold damage, the compensation can help you pay for medical care, property damage, lost time at work, and even mold eradication.

You can always call Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 or contact us online to schedule a free accident consultation. We can help you understand if you have a claim and how much your claim may be worth. Our legal team has more than 60 years of combined experience and when we represent clients, we work tirelessly to build a strong case and to support our clients every step of the way.

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