Frequently Asked Questions

What is mold?

Mold is a fungi which is essentially everywhere.  Toxic molds are known by such names as Stachybotrys chartarum, aspergillus, penicillium, trichoderma, and helminthosporium. ...read more

Where does mold grow?

Toxic mold generally occurs as a result of water inundation, from sources such as plumbing problems, floods, or roof leaks. Mold growth requires mold spores, relatively warm temperature, moisture, and a food source. Modern construction materials provide an excellent food source for mold growth. Mold growth can happen ...read more

How long before mold affects my health?

Symptoms related to mold exposure occur in the presence of mold; there are no latent symptoms. In fact, once an individual is removed from mold's presence, symptoms generally disappear. Thus, an individual exposed to mold could limit their level of mold exposure at the onset of symptoms and in ...read more

What are the symptoms of mold exposure?

Toxic molds can cause a multitude of health problems ranging from simple clogged sinuses, sore throats, and minor skin problems to cancer, brain damage, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, pneumonia, respiratory tract infections, gastrointestinal maladies, vertigo, temporary hearing loss, migraines, malaise, depression, memory loss, other cognitive dysfunctions, and hemorrhaging.

Stachybotrys ...read more

Is my landlord liable for mold in my rental unit?

When a residential rental unit has sustained water intrusion and resulting fungal growth, the tenant may sue the landlord for a breach of the statutory warranty of habitability or the implied warranty of habitability.

California law generally defines a landlord's duties under the warranty of habitability as:

a. ...read more

I rented a retail space, and I think there is mold. Should I be worried about my customers?

Of course. Damages in commercial cases involve not only personal injury, but also potential loss of use and business interruption. One expert has said that claims that would have been brought under the umbrella of “sick building syndrome” if diagnosed years ago, would actually fall squarely in the toxic ...read more

The home I bought has toxic mold. What are my rights and who can be liable?

Claims of toxic mold are increasingly being made within the context of a single family home, regardless of whether it falls in the high or low end of the valuation spectrum. This makes sense because damages flowing from bodily injuries are specific to the individuals within a particular home. Single ...read more

If I think I have mold in my house/apartment what steps should I take?

Call our office right away. It is imperative that the property is tested, by the right person, for mold and you and your family are treated by the proper physician. The Law Office of Thompson Wedeking has relationships with some of the best doctors
and mold experts in ...read more