Mold Litigation

Indoor Mold In The Way?

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Mold is found in homes and businesses around the world. All told, there are more than 400,000 types of mold found in the wild. Around 1,000 varieties of mold grow indoors. Health effects of mold can include respiratory disorders and trouble breathing. Mold has also been implicated in reduced immune systems, leading to a host […]

Types of Toxic Mold

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There are over 100,000 different species of mold.  Not all molds are harmful.  The following is a list of the most common and dangerous molds encountered in either homes, schools, or workplaces. Stachybotrys This strain is commonly referred to as “black mold” because of its appearance.  Stachybotrys, followed closely by Chaetomium, is the most dangerous mold […]

Mold Remediation

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It is important, depending on the severity of the mold, to consider relocating from your home, school, or workplace.  When remediation begins, the removal of drywall, carpet and/or wallpaper can release a massive amount of mold spores. This is especially dangerous when handling Stachybotry or Chaetomium. Frequently, visible mold only represents a fraction of an […]

What To Do If You Suspect Mold

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Contact An Industrial Hygienist It is vital that your home, workplace, and school are tested by a certified industrial hygienist to determine spore count and species.  The hygienist must do air and visual sampling.  Further, the hygienist should also determine the moisture source to find out why and where mold is growing. Contact An Allergist or […]

Economic Considerations In Any Mold Case

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In any mold litigation case, whether it be construction defect, landlord/tenant or purchase/sale, mold can be costly.  This area requires numerous experts to prove both liability and causation. Before initiating litigation, Thompson | Wedeking analyzes whether the case may be prosecuted economically. Even a case that looks easy for establishing liability against one or more […]

Insurance Coverage Issues In Mold Litigation

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Third party liability claims involving mold usually arise from situations in which the underlying issue is a water intrusion problem that results in mold damage to third party properties. In fact, most third party claims arise out of another party’s first party property damage claim. Example: A landlord has a pipe break in a rental […]

Basic Elements Of A Mold Case

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Indoor fungal growth and contamination become causation to action when they cause property damage, personal injury to the owners or occupants of the affected building, or both. The elements essential to an action based on water damage and fungal growth are: Water intrusion Resultant fungal growth or contamination that causes damage to either or both: The […]

Health Effects of Mold

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Fungi can be allergens, irritants, or pathogens. They also produce mycotoxins, which are poisons. Health effects to humans resulting from exposure to fungi include hay-fever-type symptoms, usually reported as seasonal, but by occupants of a water-damaged building, they are experienced as perennial. Symptoms Symptoms include: dry, watery, itchy and/or red eyes; sneezing; productive cough; dry cough; […]

Scientific Concepts of Mold Litigation

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Fungi become a structural problem when growth occurs on wet building materials in an indoor environment. Personal contents that also become wet are subject to fungal growth. Once established, fungi can disperse throughout a building. Modern energy-efficient buildings present a particular problem due to their inability to breathe, and fresh air exchange depends on the […]