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Toxic mold growing in a home or other establishment can cause severe health problems for people exposed to the substances and can have a devastating effect on its victims. However, Texas law makes it incredibly difficult for the victims of toxic mold exposure to be compensated for their claims. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air in their home and at work, and if you believe that you were exposed to toxic mold you may have a claim for damages. At DC Law, our experienced injury attorneys have represented the victims of toxic mold throughout Austin and will zealously advocate for your rights to compensation for your case.
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Causes of Toxic Mold
We come into contact with mold on a daily basis, and most types of mold – such as what grows on bread when left out too long – are relatively harmless to people. However, certain types of mold, like Aspergillus and Stachybotrys chartarum, are incredibly dangerous to humans and can cause severe injury when there is prolonged exposure. High concentrations of these types of toxic mold are typically found in homes and business where it is moist, damp, and dark. It is found most often in basements, under floorboards, in ceilings, in the roof, and in pipes. Toxic mold loves wood and wood products, so it also grows quickly in paper, drywall, ceiling tiles, and cardboard.
Symptoms & Injuries Caused By Toxic Mold Exposure
Exposure to toxic mold for even a short period of time can cause symptoms and injuries. The earliest signs of toxic mold exposure in people include eye, airway, and skin irritations. With prolonged exposure, victims may experience allergy-like symptoms, immunological effects, and organ toxicity. Headaches, cognitive problems, breathing problems, flu-like symptoms, and skin irritation are common. The most severe cases of toxic mold exposure include issues like fever, shortness of breath, fungal infections in the lungs, respiratory infections, hemorrhaging, severe asthma, brain damage, and death.
Compensation for Toxic Mold Claims
For victims of toxic mold exposure that have suffered injuries as a result, you may have a claim for compensation against those who knew or should have known about the mold problem. This includes claims against a landlord, building supervisor, business owner, or anyone else who owns or occupies the premises where there is toxic mold. Compensation for toxic mold cases can include economic and noneconomic damages for the victims. Economic damages include the costs of any property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of future wages or benefits. Noneconomic damages include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disability.
In the most egregious toxic mold cases, punitive damages may also be available to the victim. Punitive damages are awarded when the person aware of the toxic mold acted criminally or fraudulently to cover up the facts. These damages are given to punish the wrongdoer and serve as a deterrent to others who may consider similar actions.
If you believe at you or your family has been exposed to toxic mold in the Austin area and suffered injuries as a result, you may have a claim for compensation. Call the office or contact us today at DC Law to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. We work on contingency, which means that you don’t pay a penny unless we secure compensation for your claims.