Exposure to toxic mold can result in health issues. Some of these, like a runny nose, are fairly minor. Others, such as difficulty breathing, can be much more alarming.
Mold thrives in moist environments. Thus, there are some steps you can take to prevent mold from growing in your home, such as preventing tubs from overflowing and addressing leaks quickly when you notice them.
That said, if you are a renter, you might not have full control over the conditions in your home environment. Yes, you should still take precautions to guard against mold growth whenever possible, but you should also remember it is your landlord’s responsibility to keep your living space mold-free. They are also responsible for ensuring mold in your rental home is properly eliminated if you discover it.
You or other occupants of your home can experience health difficulties when your landlord doesn’t do their job. If this has happened to you, get in touch with a Goleta, California toxic mold exposure attorney at the Law Office of John B. Richards to discuss your case. If you are eligible to recover financial compensation by filing an insurance claim, we will help you pursue what you are owed.
Take the following steps right away if you find mold in your rental home:
It’s also wise to monitor yourself (and any other occupants of the home) for symptoms of health problems that may be caused by toxic mold exposure. See a doctor right away if you develop symptoms.
Along with ensuring that you receive the necessary treatment in a timely manner, seeing a medical professional sooner rather than later will help you establish a clear link between your health problems and exposure to mold in your home.
This could make recovering compensation much easier if you decide to file a claim or lawsuit. Filing a claim to recover compensation for your medical bills and other such losses may be an option if you can show your medical problems resulting from exposure to toxic mold, and that you were exposed to toxic mold because your landlord did not fulfill their duties.
Be aware that a 2016 law requires landlords in California to arrange and pay for mold remediation services when tenants discover mold in rental homes. You might thus also have grounds to take legal action if your landlord refuses to schedule mold remediation service after you have asked them to do so.
If you have developed health issues or sustained related damages after being exposed to toxic mold in a rental home, a Goleta toxic mold exposure attorney at the Law Office of John B. Richards can help you pursue compensation accordingly. Learn more about what our firm can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 805-683-2736.