Toxic Mold & Construction Defects
Mold is not a construction defect, but may be the result of one or more defects on a specific property. One common situation of a water damaged home is a slow plumbing leak inside home walls or under the poorly laid foundation of a home.
Constant release of moisture will provides a medium for potentially dangerous mold. If a construction defect is identified, a builder or contractor may be liable for the cost of mold remediation and subsequent repairs.
To be valid and to properly recover damage costs from the responsible parties, claims must be filed shortly after the issue is discovered. Insurance may not cover all or any of the expenses, and builders or contractors should be held accountable.
If mold exists in a home and an individual develops an illness due to the presence of mold, a home defect and personal injury claim may exist.
Personal injury claims are not always easily proven, though a construction defect is fairly obvious to your investigating construction defects lawyer and construction consultants.
Toxic Mold in Home a Serious Health Hazard
Toxic mold in American homes is more prevalent than previously thought. Toxic molds can cause household air quality problems leading to allergies and respiratory illness.
The Mayo Clinic has concluded that in more than 95 percent of American patients suffering from chronic sinus disease, a reaction to mold is the primary culprit. Some typical symptoms of toxic mold poisoning can include:
• Chronic fatigue
• Memory loss
• Chronic cold symptoms
• Frequent bloody nose
• Persistent coughing
• Chest pain
• Skin redness/rashes
Home Mold & Defective Building Lawsuits
Many building and water damage issues are the result of carelessness and cost-cutting. Low-cost contractors may be unprofessional, and may hide defects or mistakes. Many home defects will inevitably fall outside of a home warranty or insurance policy. Faulty construction is often excluded from homeowners’ policies.
It is prudent to contact an experienced real estate attorney to assist in identifying and assessing the issues, developing a plan to remedy water damage defects, and to protect a home investment.
To build a solid case, experts and environmental testing might be necessary to determine the extent of the problem. Once established, however, mold can be clearly linked to water intrusion and home defects. Valid claims typically bring about settlements that fully compensate homeowners for damages incurred.