Injuries Due to Toxic Mold in Apartments

Toxic MoldThe idea of toxic mold is a more recent discovered hazard. But just because it may seem new, does not make it any less serious. Mold-infested homes and apartments have caused people serious medical issues. These health problems have the potential to keep people away from work and make it hard to live a normal, healthy life.

What is Toxic Mold?

Some of our most amazing medical discoveries and delicious foods are related to or possible because of a type of mold. However, for every beneficial mold out there, there is a toxigenic mold that may cause health issues. What is meant by “toxic mold” are any molds that produce mycotoxins, including Stachybotrys. The mold itself is not toxic or poisonous.

Stachybotrys looks green-black and will grow in places with a lot of water. In houses and apartments, this means anywhere with a leak, condensation, flooding, or water damage.

Mold can cause minor to serious health problems in otherwise healthy people. People exposed to a high amount of mold can have upper respiratory tract symptoms, including coughing and wheezing. People with asthma may be more likely to suffer symptoms of the condition. Also, people with specific allergies to mold are more likely to have significant repercussions. Links to memory loss, cancer, and pulmonary hemorrhage are rare and have not be confidently linked to mold.

Toxic Mold in Apartments

Many molds grow indoors, including Cladosporium, Alternaria, Penicillium, and Aspergillus. The names probably are not familiar, but they are common molds in houses and apartments, and will not do you much harm, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

However, because of moisture, warmth, and poor ventilation, dangerous molds like Stachybotrys can grow in your house or apartment as well. Once mold is present, the spores can travel throughout the home – in fact, mold spores are everywhere and are generally harmless.

These spores attach themselves to the furniture, carpeting, pets, clothing, and everything else. While mold is unlikely to grow on your pet or clothing, it can grow places where there is a great deal of moisture. For instance, once mold spores get into exterior walls, particularly those made of drywall, they can take hold and flourish.

Toxic Mold – A Landlord’s Responsibility

If you live in an apartment and suffered a personal injury due to mold, your landlord may be liable for your medical bills, time of work, and other damages. In almost all places, apartments are subject to what is known as an implied warranty of habitability. This means the premises need to be safe and livable, and it is the landlord’s responsibility to ensure this. If you cannot live in an apartment without being subject to dangers and hazards like toxic mold, the landlord has breached this implied warranty.

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If you were hurt because of toxic mold, it may not be your fault. Landlords are often the liable party for uncontrolled and untreated mold infestations, and tenants should hold them responsible.

If your matter is in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, or Lake County California, contact the Santa Rosa Law Office of Beck Law P.C., today to learn more about your rights.

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