Mold is a type of fungi, and one that the majority of people have come in contact with. While some forms of mold are relatively harmless – like the type of mold that might form on stale bread, for example – other types of mold are incredibly dangerous. These types of mold are known as toxic mold. Toxic mold can have adverse affects on the health of a person exposed to it.
The Dangers of Toxic Molds
Two of the most common types of toxic mold are Aspergillis and Stachybotrys chartarum, the latter being much more dangerous than the former. Both of these families of toxic mold can lead to serious health concerns for those exposed. At its most harmless, mold can cause eye, airway, and skin irritations to those around; at its most dangerous, fever, shortness of breath, fungal infections in the lungs, respiratory infections, hemorrhaging, severe asthma, and even brain damage can occur in a victim. For those with compromised immune systems, such as the chronically ill, the elderly, and children, the risk of injury from mold is even higher.
Where is Mold Found?
Minor amounts of mold are found in just about every house or building in America. Luckily, though, small amounts of mold aren’t dangerous for humans; it’s the large, excessive concentrations of mold that may lead to significant problems. High concentrations of mold are typically found in places where it’s moist, damp, and dark, such as a basement, under floorboards, within the ceiling, in leaks in roofs, and within pipes. Mold is particularly fond of wood and wood products, but also thrives in paper, drywall, ceiling tiles, and cardboard.
Recovering Damages from Mold Injuries
For people who have been chronically exposed to high concentrations of mold and have sustained injuries – such as respiratory infections or lung diseases – compensation may be available. If a person was subjected to inhaling mold toxins due to their place of work or living status (living in a building/home that wasn’t properly maintained by a landlord), then a civil suit for damages may be filed. If it is found that the party responsible for the mold injuries acted negligently, or outside of the realm of a reasonable standard of care, then the party may be held liable. If held liable, then the victim will potentially be able to recover damages for the cost of all medical expenses and other economic damages. In some cases, other damages, like pain and suffering damages, may also be paid to the victim.
Understanding Punitive Damages in a Toxic Mold Exposure Case
Another type of damage that a victim may be able to recover is punitive damages. Punitive damages are those damages that are ordered to be paid to the victim in order to punish the defendant for gross wrongdoing. For example, if the defendant acted criminally or fraudulently, then a judge may order punitive damages to be paid. The amount of punitive damages – and whether or not they will be awarded at all – varies on a case-by-case basis.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Incurring an injury from toxic mold can be devastating, and may leave a victim with health complications that forever impact their quality of life. If you’re the victim of toxic mold exposure, it is within your best interests to consult with a personal injury attorney about your recovery options. At the Tate Law Offices P.C., our attorneys can provide you with a free case consultation today. contact Tate Law Offices, P.C., today by calling 888-769-1086 for further information regarding your toxic mold case.
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