Toxic Mold contamination is a growing problem in homes and offices in many states across the US. Mold can cause health problems in people and can sometimes be fatal. Due to the increase in the number of victims, the government has put through a number of laws to protect and reduce the number of victims affected by mold.
Landlord and tenant – Landlords have to ensure that their premises are free from mold contamination. If a tenant finds mold in their premises, they must inform their landlord, who is responsible for removing it. Tenants can sue landlords who fail to remove mold.
Home buyers and sellers – If you are a buyer, you should be informed by the seller if the home you intend to buy has a problem with mold. If the seller has fixed the problem, disclosure is not necessary.
Employers and employees – Employers, have to take responsibility in ensuring that the indoor air quality is fit for their employees. If the air quality is poor due to mold, then the employees can sue for damages caused by illnesses suffered due to the mold.
Mold has also been linked to the following injuries:
Medical expenses – Pain, anguish, and suffering.
Damages for lost wages – Loss of earning capacity; Financial losses.
Damages due to the loss of companionship and comfort.
Damages for the destruction of property due to mold contamination.