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WHAT IS TOXIC MOLD?
Mold is a type of fungus that commonly grows in dark places with a lot of moisture such as showers, basements, or even in your walls. The most common types of molds found in homes are Cladosporium, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. Toxic mold, commonly referred to as black mold, is actually a different strain called Stachybotrys Chartarum (S. Chartarum). This strain is referred to as “toxic mold” because of the Mycotoxins that it releases.
Mycotoxins are naturally toxic compounds that are produced by certain types of fungi. One possible health issue that comes along with S. Chartarum is Mycotoxicosis or mold poisoning. Mold can have very serious health consequences when it isn’t addressed properly.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- IWhat is Toxic Mold?
- ICommon Toxic Mold Symptoms
- ISeek Medical Attention If You’ve Been Exposed to Toxic Mold
- IToxic Mold Prevention Tips for Florida Properties
- IHow Is Toxic Mold Removed?
- IFlorida Law Regarding Toxic Mold in Rental Properties
- IToxic Mold? Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Riverview
- IPeople with a weakened or compromised immune system
- IPatients undergoing cancer treatment
- IRecent transplant patients
- IPeople living HIV/AIDS
- IRunny nose
- IItchy or watery eyes
- ISore throat
- IIrritated skin (rashes)
- IShortness of breath
Toxic mold in residential spaces has been known to trigger severe asthma attacks. In other Florida toxic mold cases, there are accounts of mood swings, headaches, body aches, and nose bleeds. If you have discovered mold in your apartment, you can contact our personal injury lawyers to set up a complementary toxic mold consultation. We’re headquartered in Riverview, but work with clients from all around Florida.
While there is no direct “mold test”, doctors can use allergy tests or a blood sample to determine if toxic mold was the cause of the problem. Your doctor can prescribe a variety of treatments for toxic mold exposure depending on your symptoms.
The most common treatments in Florida are:
- INasal rinse
- IDecongestant nasal sprays
Other spots such as windows, leaky pipes, or any place with recent water damage tend to be hotspots for toxic mold growth in Florida. If you find a leaky pipe or some other form of water damage, it should be addressed ASAP. If you live in a flood zone, there are precautions you can take to protect your home and family from toxic mold.
HOW IS TOXIC MOLD REMOVED?
Our personal injury lawyers have seen cases where inexperienced property owners got themselves into dangerous situations after mixing bleach with ammonia (or a variety of other cleaning substances). These chemicals react in a way that can be dangerously toxic in their own right. It is not recommended that an amateur try to remove mold with bleach.
Landlords are required by law in Florida to provide a safe and healthy home for their tenants. Proper living standards are outlined in local jurisdiction codes if you’re interested. The contractual agreement you made when moving into your residence should also outline the responsibility the landlord or property manager has to maintain fully functioning plumbing and ventilation. Your landlord is responsible for fixing issues that could potentially lead to toxic mold.
If you find mold in your rental property, contact the landlord and notify them of the issue immediately. The landlord is legally responsible to cover any financial costs that it takes to rid your residence of toxic mold.
Whether you have any health issues or not, a landlord’s failure to keep a mold-free environment goes against the “implied warranty of habitability”. If you suffer long-term health issues after the problem is resolved, your landlord may be guilty of negligence.
Here’s a list of possible damages we can seek compensation for in a toxic mold case:
- IMedical expenses
- IBreach of warranty of habitability
- ILoss of wages
- IProperty loss/repairs
Due to the range of factors present in toxic mold lawsuits, final settlements will vary. Here are a few recent examples of toxic mold lawsuits that made news headlines:
TOXIC MOLD? CALL OUR TOXIC MOLD LAWYERS IN RIVERVIEW
If you are seeking legal guidance addressing mold in your home, condo, or apartment, please contact the toxic mold lawyers at Calandro Law. This is one of our main areas of expertise as a personal injury law firm and we’re fully equipped to help you,