Liability in Toxic Mold Cases
Mold can grow on virtually any surface, as long as there is moisture present. In Florida, we are particularly vulnerable to mold growth because of the high humidity.
In minimal amounts, mold within the home should not cause any serious issues, as long as it is addressed properly. However, mold has toxic spores, so if it accumulates, it can cause illness or even death for those who are exposed to it.
If mold buildup is the result of another person or party’s negligent actions, you can file a toxic mold lawsuit to seek compensation for damages.
There are many different parties that could be responsible for toxic mold and the damages that it causes. The experienced attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau will work alongside experts in the field to gather evidence that will help us establish liability in toxic mold cases. Contact our Daytona Beach, FL practice to find out if you have a case.
When a house is built, the contractors and developers are responsible for ensuring that the building is up to code. They must adhere to certain safety standards and building regulations.
This includes using materials that are non-porous and water-resistant whenever possible. If contractors or builders sacrifice the safety or quality of a building to save time or money on a project, and toxic mold develops as a result of this negligence, they may be found liable for any resulting damages.
Architects are responsible for the design of a building. Many people think of architecture as the aesthetic aspects of a building, or how it looks. However, architects are also in charge of designing a building that is structurally sound and safe.
Because of the high humidity in Florida, architects must be especially cautious when planning a building. They need to make sure the design of their building will not encourage moisture accumulation and mold growth. If a flaw in the design of a building leads to toxic mold, the architect may he held liable.
Even if architects, contractors, and developers do everything right to make a building mold-resistant, it won’t be effective if subpar building materials are used. It is up to builders to choose high-quality materials, but sometimes materials do not hold up as promised because of a manufacturing defect.
If we can find evidence that shows that certain building materials were defective, and that led to the buildup of toxic mold, our clients can seek compensation through a product liability lawsuit.
Many times, people who suffer from toxic mold illness are exposed to the mold while living in a rented residence, or while working on a property where mold is present.
Property owners have a responsibility to maintain a safe and healthy environment for visitors. A property owner may be liable if:
- He or she is aware that mold is present and does nothing to treat it
- He or she fails to take necessary precautions to minimize the risk of mold buildup
Toxic mold can cause a wide range of losses, including property damage, illness, and medical expenses. If you or a loved one has suffered from a toxic mold illness, contact us at your earliest convenience by calling (386) 258-7313. The attorneys at Chanfrau & Chanfrau will be happy to answer any questions you may have about filing a toxic mold lawsuit.