The world can be a dangerous place. Whether you’re driving your car down a busy road, riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle, walking along a crowded street, or operating a scooter as a leisure activity, the potential for injury is actually far greater than you might think. From dog bites in a public park to slip and falls at supermarkets or even sexual assaults at Airbnb properties, there’s no shortage of possible scenarios for serious injury or, in extreme cases, even death.
While in the privacy of your own home, however, you hopefully feel much safer. You might take steps to further ensure your family’s safety, but one’s home should always be a place of refuge.
But what happens when that’s not the case, and you and your family are exposed to invisible and toxic mold that can cause serious health effects? What legal recourse do you have when injured by toxic mold in your own home?
Below we will review some important information regarding toxic mold exposure. We’ll also provide a guide for how to properly file a personal injury lawsuit seeking to recover maximum financial compensation for various losses endured as a result of toxic mold exposure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common indoor molds are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. The CDC confirms that molds are very common in both commercial buildings and private homes. Mold will easily grow in places with significant moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. Mold also grows well on paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, and wood products. Mold can be found growing in:
Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. Mold can enter your home through open doorways, windows, vents, and heating and air conditioning systems. Mold in the air outside can also attach itself to clothing, shoes, and pets (allowing it to be carried indoors). When mold spores drop on places where there is excessive moisture – such as pipes, walls, plant pots, or where there has been flooding – they will grow. Many building materials provide suitable nutrients that encourage mold growth. Wet cellulose materials, including paper and paper products, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, and wood products, are particularly conducive for the growth of certain molds.
The CDC notes that large mold infestations can usually be seen or smelled.
In terms of one’s reaction to mold exposure, some people develop a variety of health effects while others have no symptoms whatsoever.
Common symptoms related to toxic mold exposure can include:
A doctor may diagnose a mold allergy based on an individual’s symptoms and their medical and family histories. Common toxic mold allergy tests conducted by physicians can include:
The Mayo Clinic confirms that diagnosing a systemic fungal infection in someone with a weakened immune system may require a blood sample. In some cases, further testing may be necessary to determine the extent of the allergy and the effect on one’s overall health and well-being.
Treatment for a mold allergy is often similar to treatment for other types of inhaled allergies.
Options commonly recommended by physicians include:
For a long term solution, a doctor may recommend immunotherapy. This may involve receiving a series of allergy shots over the course of a few years.
While immunotherapy can be highly effective, it is only prescribed for certain types of mold allergy. If you have been exposed to toxic mold, contact a member of our team today and we will help you file a claim and connect you with an experienced allergy physician who can help devise a specific treatment plan.
Exposure to toxic mold can warrant a personal injury or property damage lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances of the incident, a toxic mold lawsuit can be brought against various liable parties.
Whether your exposure to toxic mold was due to a construction defect (meaning the structure was improperly constructed to be more prone to water damage – whether from leaky plumbing, roofs, or windows – and therefore caused mold to grow) or a non-disclosure issue, the trusted and proven attorneys at Dordulian Law Group (DLG) can help you recover the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your claim.
Founded and led by a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Sam Dordulian, DLG is the premier California personal injury firm helping victims of toxic mold exposure obtain justice and move forward after an injury. With over 100 jury trial victories throughout his esteemed career, Dordulian brings a level of experience to your toxic mold claim that simply can’t be found at most other firms. And with that experience, you can be confident that your case is in good hands, and we will never accept an unfair or lowball offer from an at-fault party (like other settlement mill firms might).
Proving liability in a toxic mold claim can be a challenging task. It absolutely requires experience and a level of skill that can’t be found at just any California personal injury law firm.
With DLG, our experience and proven results speak volumes, and are an indication of the level of dedication and personalized attention we offer each and every client:
Proving your toxic mold claim will entail demonstrating that the at-fault party failed to maintain their duty of care to you, and as a result you were exposed to toxic mold and suffered an injury. At DLG, we pursue all applicable damages – both economic and non-economic – for every toxic mold claim.
Such damages commonly include:
These damages, while not capped in the state of California, are used in rare occasions to punish certain bad actors who have demonstrated wanton disregard for human life (or other extreme malice). In toxic mold cases, if a landlord was found to consistently fail to alert residents to the existence of dangerous mold, punitive damages might be recovered.
Whether you own, rent, or are in a temporary living situation, sustaining an injury as a result of toxic mold exposure necessitates immediate action. In most cases, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. However, that deadline can be shortened (often considerably) under various circumstances, including when public or government entities are involved.
Accordingly, if you’ve been injured by exposure to toxic mold, it is strongly recommended that you contact the experienced team of personal injury attorneys at DLG immediately to ensure your claim is filed timely and has the best chance of succeeding. By securing representation with DLG, injured toxic mold victims can rest easy knowing that their rights are protected and their claim is proceeding according to all California laws and guidelines.
CDC guidelines indicate that if you can see or smell mold, a health risk may be present. Determining the exact type of mold growing in your home is not of great importance, according to the CDC, and they neither recommend nor perform routine sampling for molds.
While the CDC advises that “no matter what type of mold is present, you should remove it,” your first step should be contacting an experienced and trusted member of DLG’s legal team for a free consultation. Before you take any samples or attempt to remove visible mold, our Chief Investigator – retired LAPD Detective, Moses Castillo – will need to conduct a proper investigation of the scene and document any critical evidence that can help prove your claim and increase your financial damages award.
The effect of toxic mold exposure can vary greatly from person-to-person, either because of the amount or type of mold, and the CDC advises that you cannot rely on sampling and culturing to know your health risk. Accordingly, contacting DLG as soon as you suspect toxic mold exposure is strongly advised.
The CDC advises that all residents inspect their buildings for evidence of water damage and visible mold as part of routine maintenance. Correcting conditions known to cause mold growth (e.g., water leaks, condensation, infiltration, or flooding) can be helpful in prevent proliferation and unnecessary exposure.
According to the CDC, residents can control mold growth inside their homes by taking the following steps:
The CDC provides further recommendations via the following specific instructions for controlling toxic mold growth:
Contact DLG today online or by phone at 818-322-4056 for a free consultation. We’ll listen to the facts of your toxic mold case, launch a thorough investigation led by our in-house Chief Investigator, and provide expert guidance outlining all of your available legal options. At DLG, we’ll fight aggressively to help you recover the maximum financial compensation you need to make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially.
With our No Win/No Fee Guarantee, DLG clients never have to worry about any upfront fees or out-of-pocket expenses. When you choose the experienced and dedicated team at DLG to handle your toxic mold claim, you never pay a penny until we recover maximum financial compensation on your behalf.
Toxic mold impacts countless properties throughout the Golden State, particularly here in Southern California. If you have been injured by toxic mold in a property you either rent or own, don’t settle for anything less than the DLG Advantage. Choose the trusted firm led by former Deputy District Attorney, Sam Dordulian, and get the peace of mind you need to focus on what’s most important – your physical recovery and overall well-being.
For your toxic mold injury claim, the best call you can make is to DLG.
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