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Mold growth inside living spaces is unhealthy. Apartments, schools, work spaces, offices, and homes that lack proper ventilation and have chronic, undetected (or sudden accidental) water leaks create a damp indoor space that can cause health problems resulting from mold exposure.
Skin rashes, coughing or wheezing, shortness of breath, respiratory infections, numbness, tingling, foggy memory, and gastrointestinal issues are the kinds of symptoms that can occur with exposure to toxic mold. People most susceptible are the very young, under six years of age, immune-compromised persons, the elderly and those with existing respiratory problems. This list is not exclusive, however, as perfectly healthy persons can “acquire” allergic and immune system reactions or suffer from direct toxic exposures. Such health conditions may be passing or permanent. Mold exposure is no joke.
The existence of mold could be the result of negligence by builders, contractors, landlords, realtors, property owners, property managers, or business owners. If you or someone you know has experienced health issues related to mold exposure here is what you should do:
The good news is that the law is on your side. The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires certain landlords to prevent the accumulation of mold and moisture, and if mold is present, those landlords are required to properly rid the spaces of mold in accordance with professional standards. The use of bleach products is generally improper and can cause more harm. Usually, the tenant is moved to a mold-free living space until the mold is removed, at no additional cost to the tenant.
But Virginia law governing mold exposure is extremely complicated and it is not something you can handle by yourself. Our experienced attorneys understand these complexities and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. If you are ill due to mold exposure, do not wait. See a doctor and call us now.