Your home is supposed to be a safe, inhabitable place, free of intrusions
or hazards. In the spirit of keeping their homes safe, many homeowners
install home security systems, fences, locks, and other defensive features.
However, not all intruders come in through a door or window.
Sometimes, a dangerous intrusion may take the form of a deadly substance
or growth, such as mold. If undetected or unaddressed, mold can threaten
the integrity and market value of your home, require costly remedies,
and pose major health risks to you and your family.
Signs You May Have a Mold Infestation
Sometimes you can see the effects of mold growth before you see the mold
itself. Mold may be growing and spreading in your home if you and your
family members or other co-inhabitants are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Coughing and wheezing
- Watery or red eyes
- Itchy throat, nose, and eyes
- Chest pain and tightness
- Difficulty breathing
- Symptoms of asthma
These are common symptoms of mold allergy or of the presence of mold somewhere
in your home. However, the symptoms of toxic mold or out-of-control mold
growth are much more severe and can include:
- Difficulty with memory, conversation, and concentration
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Frequent static shock
- Abdominal pain and digestive irregularity
- Bloating and discomfort
- Dizziness, imbalance, vertigo
If you are experiencing mold-related illness in your home, it is best to
leave your home and seek medical attention immediately. However, when
you return to your home, it is important to assess the damage done to
your personal finances and your home. If your homeowner’s insurance
policy is not sufficient to cover the damage incurred, you may need to
take legal action against any potentially responsible parties.
Toxic Mold in a Home You Built
If you built your own home with the help of contractors, architects, and
other important professionals, there is a chance that one or multiple
of them failed to ensure your home would be inhabitable and free of unnecessary risk.
When you hire a construction contractor or a builder, there is an expectation
that they will exercise reasonable care when piecing your home together.
When they don’t, it can sometimes contribute to toxic mold growth,
such as in cases of failure to properly install your home’s ventilation
system. Your builder or their materials supplier may also be liable for
your home’s mold growth if they used materials that were already
infected with mold.
Architects, designers, and engineers also play a major role in the way
your home is structured. If you relied on the advice of any of the above
and it resulted in poor ventilation or other structural contributors to
mold growth, you may be able to hold them responsible for related damages.
Toxic Mold in a Home You Purchased
Almost as serious as building a home set up to foster mold growth is purchasing
a home that is already infested with toxic mold. When you purchase a home
through the previous owner or a realtor, either may be liable if you find
that they withheld information about the infestation or failed to adhere
to disclosure laws. You may also have legal recourse against the inspector
who evaluated the home and did not notice or report evidence of a mold problem.
Toxic Mold in an Apartment or Condominium Complex
The owners of the complex you live in are likely liable for the mold infestation
you are experiencing, as it is the duty of the property owners to ensure
the place they are charging you to occupy is inhabitable and safe. Even
if your lease implies that you may be responsible for any issues regarding
mold, fungus, etc., it is still your landlord’s legal obligation
to create a safe living environment.
If Any of the Above-Mentioned Parties Are Giving You the Run-Around, Call
Golomb & Honik, P.C. Today.
Golomb & Honik, P.C., we exist to be your advocates and help you hold the responsible party
(or parties) accountable for the damage they have done. If your homeowner’s
insurance provider is unresponsive or is not supplying the compensation
you need to cover the cost of damages associated with your mold infestation,
we can help. We can also assist you in going up against your contractor,
landlord, realtor, or anyone else who may be liable.
If it has happened to you, it has likely also happened to others. In the
event your complaint is one of many, you may be able to start or join
a class action lawsuit against the responsible party.
Call (215) 278-4449 today to schedule your free consultation with one of
our attorneys in Philadelphia.