Toxic mold has the ability to significantly injure, poison, and disable people. Often, this mold needs a damp environment to grow and thrive. Individuals may be at greater risk for exposure when they live in older properties that have not been well maintained.
For people who rent, toxic mold exposure may be the landlord’s liability. Though most states do not have laws regarding landlords’ responsibilities over toxic mold growths, many renters have been able to successfully hold their landlords accountable for suffering toxic mold exposure.
The Effects of Toxic Mold
When a person is introduced to toxic mold, he or she may develop medical conditions that require immediate and constant treatment. Exposure may lead to short-term illnesses, but long-term exposure may lead to permanent medical ailments.
The most common effects of toxic mold exposure are:
- Memory loss
These illnesses may severely impact an individual’s way of life, especially when these conditions last for long periods of time.
Holding a Landlord Responsible
Though landlords are not, under law, considered liable when their tenants suffer toxic mold exposure, renters may be able to use other evidence to suggest that their landlords committed negligent actions.
Most notably, landlords are responsible for maintaining their properties. Toxic mold may grow when the landlord fails to fix leaks, which may come from:
- Busted pipes
- Damaged roofs
- Faulty window and door sealing
When renters can prove their landlords failed to fix these problems and, as a result, they suffered toxic mold exposure, they may be able to fight for financial compensation for their injuries.
For more information about holding your landlord accountable for the negligent actions that led to you suffering toxic mold exposure, contact the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys of Salpeter Gitkin, LLP today at 954-467-8622.