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The Risks of Toxic Mold and Fighting for Compensation

Posted on February 20, 2012 by Fast Lawsuit Team

You have built your dream house. Or you have rented an apartment that is within your budget. Or, you are doing more than your fair share of hours at the office. You have spent considerable time at these places without knowing that there is a silent killer wreaking havoc on your health – toxic mold. This mold can be found in places that have a tendency to be damp, including wood panels, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, carpeting, insulation, fiberboard and even dust.

Although some forms of mold are not dangerous, black mold or stachybotrys chartarum is linked with toxic mold syndrome. Exposure to toxic mold can have serious health consequences. These include:

-          Compromised immune systems

-          Itchiness, rashes or open sores

-          Itching, burning or watery eyes

-          Headaches

-          Constant achiness in the joints or fatigue

-          Breathing problems, asthma attacks, bronchitis

-          Ear or chronic sinus infections and pain

-          Diarrhea

-          Hair loss

-          Nose bleeds

-          Coughs that bring up black debris or blood

-          Appetite loss

-          Memory problems

-          Nervous or neurological disorders

-          Sex problems

When mold exposure is serious and at its late stage, it can cause long term memory loss, brain damage, lung injury, blindness, cancer, and even death.

If you have been exposed to toxic mold and suffered serious medical injuries and the presence of the mold was due to another party’s mistake or negligence, you have the right to file a claim for compensation. The same goes for businesses that lose work hours and revenue because they had to stop operations to fix the problem.

You can file for compensation for the following:

-          Cost of inspecting and repairing the affected area

-          Loss of use of property (i.e. the need to rent out another residence while your home/apartment is being repaired)

-          Damage to other property

-          Cost of relocation (i.e. hiring the moving truck)

-          Depreciation cost of the home or property

-          Medical expenses (present and future)

-          Cost of therapy and adaptive equipment

-          Loss of income or job due to the sickness

-          Compensation for pain and suffering

The liability can fall on various parties. This can include contractors, framers, roofers, suppliers of construction material, landlords and previous homeowners.

Victims have already successfully litigated and fought for their compensation. For instance, in February 2009, a family from Virginia was awarded $4.75 million when they sued their contractor for negligence that resulted not just in damage to their home, but also to their health. Two ladies from Delaware had a jury grant them $1.04 million in compensation in a lawsuit against their landlord, where the landlord failed to repair leaks and this resulted in severe breathing problems.

When filing a toxic mold lawsuit, you should remember to do the following:

-          Take pictures of the contaminated area

-          Take pictures of any household items that are also contaminated

-          Keep records of the expenses related to the repair of the house

-          Keep records of medical expenses

-          Ask your doctor for a medical report of your injuries

While waiting for your lawsuit to settle, you may need some funds to ensure that you and your lawyer are able to build a strong case. These funds can also be used to cover medical expenses and other bills that you incur due to your medical condition. Lawsuit funding can provide such funds at a time you direly need it.

Toxic mold lawsuits can be tricky and may take months or years to come to a desired conclusion. But with lawsuit settlement, you don’t have to worry about not having funds to see the lawsuit through. FastLawsuitMoney.com provides you with the lawsuit cash advance that is not based on whether you have a good credit rating. Rather, the funding is evaluated based on the strength of the case. You don’t also have to worry about paying back the lawsuit loan, as it is non-recourse funding. You only need to pay the funding when your lawsuit settles.

 

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