Dealing with Toxic Mold
Toxic mold growth in homes and other property is a common occurrence that presents a significant health hazard and possible liability for homeowners. Left to grow, mold can cause a variety of health problems such as worsened allergies, respiratory problems, asthma, fevers, and flu-like symptoms. Because of mold’s toxicity to humans, the first signs of a mold infestation require immediate action.
Mold spores can enter property through windows, doors, or cracks in walls. It can also infiltrate homes when it attaches to animals and people. If mold finds a source of moisture to draw itself to, it can continue to grow on wood, insulation, ceiling tiles, and carpeting, making it difficult and costly to get rid of. Losses from toxic mold growth in a home are numerous and can range from medical damages to structural damages. Large clean-up costs for infected ventilation systems or the suffering of an illness are very real possibilities if left untreated.
Liability in Toxic Mold Situations
If you have witnessed toxic mold growth in your home through no fault of your own and suffered damages as a result, you may be a victim of another party’s negligence. Most states have laws that require previous homeowners to disclose facts and items that might harm the desirability or property value of their home prior to sale. Failure to mention the presence of mold growth can result in liability for the previous homeowner. Other parties that might be responsible for the continued growth of toxic mold include:
- Roofers or Structural Engineers
Many states also require contractors to include a work warranty for a specific amount of time, meaning if you suffer from a mold infestation through shoddy workmanship, you may have a warranty claim.
Consult with a Construction Defect Attorney in Dallas
Toxic mold is a serious structural liability that may result in expensive medical bills and costly removal fees. At Gagnon, Peacock & Vereeke, P.C., we fight for those suffering from construction defects and failure to disclose. We may be able to offer assistance if you are looking to pursue a claim. Contact our Dallas offices at (214) 317-4448 to discuss the particulars of your case and receive guidance in your toxic mold issue.