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Toxic mold grows in damp, moist or wet environments. Leaky, cracked or broken pipes, in addition to windows, doors, roofs and walls, can let in rainfall and create a dangerous environment in which toxic mold can thrive. Homes and offices that are poorly maintained or have problems with moisture or water damage are especially prone to toxic mold growth. Once mold spores have entered a home via pets or the clothes of residents, and are supplied with a source of moisture, mold can grow on insulation, carpet, cloth, food and wood. Mold exposure can result in a sore throat, nasal and sinus congestion or infection, burning, watering or redness in the eyes, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, headaches, memory loss and fever. A homeowner or corporation may be held liable for the harm caused from mold that they allowed to exist in their building.
While a building owner or landlord may be ultimately liable for damages resulting from mold exposure, there are steps you can take to decrease your likelihood of mold exposure and injuries. As previously mentioned, one of the biggest factors in mold growth is moisture. When water leaks or spills occur indoors, act quickly. In most cases, mold will not grow if wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24 to 48 hours after a leak or spill happens. Another common source of mold is from dirty roof gutters, so make sure that you clean them regularly.
For the indoors, keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 percent and 50 percent) relative humidity, and if you see condensation or moisture collecting on windows, walls or pipes, act quickly to dry the wet surface and reduce the moisture/water source. Condensation can be a sign of high humidity. The best way to prevent mold exposure and growth is to catch it before it becomes a problem.
If you have been injured by mold exposure, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your physical injuries, as well as any emotional trauma and financial hardship caused by the accident. Please contact one of our expert personal injury lawyers, who will work tirelessly on your case to see that you are justly and fairly compensated. Call us 24/7 at 617-787-3700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for your free and private consultation. There is a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time that someone who has been injured by toxic mold has to make a claim, so call us today!