Mold is a fungus and lives everywhere. However, when excessive moisture is present, mold can grow and become toxic to humans. The most common types of mold in these types of cases are Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Trichoderma. However, there are other types that may be present.
Mold exposure can cause a number of health issues, particularly in enclosed indoor areas, especially in those with preexisting health issues or the very young and the elderly. Medical specialists are typically required to determine if mold exposure is causing illness.
Toxic Mold Syndrome (TMS) is a general term used to classify a number of illnesses that may arise from human exposure to spores of certain kinds of mold. These specific types of mold may release mycotoxins which may cause health problems which may include:
· Nose and throat irritation
· Dizziness and Nausea
· Shortness of Breath
· Joint pain
· Burning eyes
· Liver problems
· Lung damage
· Bloody noses
· Skin issues
In what situations might someone else be responsible for your toxic mold exposure?
· Home/Apartment rentals
· Mold at workplace
· Construction defect
· Real estate nondisclosure
If you or someone you know has been exposed to toxic mold:
· First, seek medical attention if you are having symptoms;
· Second, document the problem including having the area tested for mold; If mold is found, make sure you have everything documented including with photographs before remediation occurs;
· Third, hire an experienced mold attorney.
Mold can exist undetected in houses and other buildings for months, years or even decades. You may have physical symptoms without even knowing that mold is present.