If you have been exposed to toxic molds in Virginia, you may experience a wide range of symptoms. Often someone who is suffering the ill effects of toxic mold will not realize the cause of his or her condition. Exposure to toxic mold can be the result of negligence by landlords, contractors, builders, realtors, the owners of buildings, property managers, and others. Our injury lawyers file toxic mold lawsuits in Virginia.
Many people are unsure what toxic molds look like or how to identify this issue in a home. To complicate matters, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states the term “toxic mold” is not an accurate one.
Although certain molds can produce toxins, in particular mycotoxins, the molds themselves are not toxic, or poisonous. The CDC states the dangers presented by molds that may produce mycotoxins should be considered in the same way as other common household molds.
A report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms and wheezing and coughing in otherwise healthy people. Mold may exacerbate asthma in people with asthma symptoms and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in people susceptible to the immune-mediated condition.
Exposure to toxic molds may show itself in a wide range of conditions. These are some common symptoms.
Symptoms of Toxic Molds in Virginia
1. Fatigue and weakness;
2. Poor memory and difficulty articulating words;
3. Headache and sensitivity to light;
4. Problems concentrating;
5. Stiffness in the mornings and joint pain;
6. Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath;
7. Sinus congestion or a chronic cough;
8. Tingling and numbness and other unusual skin sensations;
9. Temperature swings;
10. Changes in appetite;
11. Increased urination or elevated thirst;
12. Mood swings;
13. Night sweats;
14. Red eyes and blurred vision;
15. Stomach pain, diarrhea, and bloating;
16. A metallic taste in the mouth.
17. Dizziness or a feeling of lightheadedness.
Where Toxic Mold Exposure Can Occur in Virginia and Elsewhere
We associate toxic mold with homes. It may also occur at the workplace or a place of education.
Some common places where mold may be found include the following.
· Recently constructed homes
· School buildings
· Office buildings
Certain factors may make the presence of toxic mold more likely such as recent flooding. If you feel any of the symptoms listed above after spending time in these buildings, see a doctor as soon as possible and consider consulting a personal injury lawyer.
Those most at risk from toxic mold children under six years of age, immune-compromised people, elderly people and those with existing respiratory problems.
Liability For Toxic Mold Injuries in Virginia
Landlords are under an obligation to disclose the presence of mold in their units. Under Virginia code, as part of the written report of a move-in inspection as required by § 55-248.11:1, the landlord must disclose whether there is any visible evidence of mold in readily accessible areas in a dwelling unit.
The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act also requires certain landlords to remove mold from apartments or homes in accordance with professional standards and to relocate the tenant into a mold-free living space until all mold is cleared out, at no additional cost to the tenant.
This is a complicated area of the law and you should hire an experienced trial lawyer who is aware of these provisions in detail.
Hire an Experienced Virginia Toxic Mold Attorney
The attorneys at the Smith Law Center have a long track record of helping people whose health has been damaged by toxic molds. Call us for a free consultation at 757.244.7000.
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