If you're a homeowner and not just a tenant, then you're generally responsible for maintaining your home to prevent the excess moisture, leaks and flooding that can lead to the development of mold. Sometimes though, if others actions directly contributed to or created the mold in your home, then they may be liable for your mold related injuries. For example, a contractor such as an HVAC repairman or a roofer may have been negligent in repairing or working on your home resulting in water damage and creating a toxic mold environment.
A builder, may have been negligent in the construction of your home, failed to build the home to code or otherwise created a condition that allows excess moisture and mold to grow in your home. Even if they are not the original builder, then the seller of the used home may have concealed or misrepresented certain defects in the home, such as a leaky roof or a toxic mold problem. Or, your insurance adjuster may have failed to properly inspect your home and evaluate your claim following a flood or mold event.
In these and other cases, you may be entitled to some or all of the following damages – the cost to repair the structural defects in the home and to remediate the mold and water damage, the cost to replace or remediate your mold or water damage personal possessions, like clothes or furniture, your alternative living expenses to live in a safe environment, such as a hotel or apartment, as well as other related costs. Personal injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering related to the toxic mold exposure.
Lost wages, if the toxic mold caused you to miss work and, in very limited circumstances where the responsible party has acted in bad faith, you may be entitled to punitive damages including reimbursement of your attorney’s fees and litigation expenses to punish that other party for your loss and to make sure they never hurt anyone else like that in the future. If your home has a toxic mold problem, please contact Mold Firm for a free case evaluation to see whether you may be entitled to compensation.