How common are Toxic Mold Lawsuits?
In a country where personal injury and negligence lawsuits are commonplace, it was only a matter of time before the United States saw lawsuits regarding toxic black mold.
There are now several active lawsuits around the country regarding mold in residential or commercial buildings, and the exposure too their inhabitants.
What is Toxic Mold?
Toxic mold, scientifically known as Stachybotrys, is the greenish-black mold that grows on material with high cellulose content, such as straw, fiberboard, dry wall, and paper.
It does not grow on plastics and vinyl. Stachybotrys gives off powerful mycotoxins that are dangerous to human health when exposed to them.
With the public becoming more and more aware of the dangers of mold, and upon the decision of most health departments to label Stachybotrys as a health hazard, the path has been laid for lawsuits to commence.
What is the Outcome of Toxic Mold Lawsuits?
Building owners, homebuilders, and insurance companies are all finding themselves on the defending end of litigation.
Courts are taking these claims very seriously, and juries have already awarded large sums to people who have been negatively affected by toxic mold.
Insurance companies have had to payout when they failed to pay for moisture-related repairs that eventually turned into a mold problem, and homebuilders have lost suits that claims bad workmanship contributed to the ability for Stachybotrys to grow and take over.