Do I Need a Toxic Mold Lawyer?
Sometimes mold just happens, but in a well-built home or workplace that is maintained properly, mold should not grow to the point that it causes illness. If you have been sick because of excessive toxic mold, someone may be negligent. Consider speaking to a toxic mold lawyer in these situations:
- Your newly-purchased home is making you sick
- A new apartment is making you sick
- You found large mold growths after having work done in your home
- Mold in your workplace is causing symptoms
- Your child is experiencing mold symptoms and you suspect the school building
- You or a family member has become sick enough to miss work or have medical bills related to mold exposure
What Can a Toxic Mold Lawyer Do to Help Me?
Toxic mold cases can be confusing. You may not know who to hold responsible for your illness. You may not be sure if it’s a workplace or our own home making you sick. Different laws apply depending on where the mold is.
If you are sick and struggling and don’t know what to do next, a lawyer can help in several ways by providing:
- A free case evaluation.
Most lawyers offer a free evaluation so that you understand your options and whether or not you actually have a case. Don’t settle for a lawyer who does not offer this free service.
- Expertise in toxic molds.
A lawyer or firm specializing in these cases has the knowledge necessary to determine what type of legal action to take. They know how to determine the negligent parties and how to investigate to find evidence that mold caused you to get sick.
- A personal injury lawsuit.
If someone is negligent in the mold growth sickening you and your family, the right lawyer will help you file a personal injury lawsuit. They will give you the best possible chance of winning and holding these people or organizations accountable.
- A workers’ compensation claim.
A lawyer experienced in mold cases can also help you with a workers’ comp claim if the exposure occurred at work. These claims can get complicated, and the insurance company may not agree to pay adequate compensation without a push from a lawyer.
- Maximum recovered damages.
Illness from mold costs more than a few medical bills from visits to the doctor. It can become a chronic, expensive problem, even preventing you from working. The right lawyer can determine the total amount that those liable owe you and get maximum damages.
How Do I Find the Right Toxic Mold Lawyer?
In a complicated case like illness from toxic mold, never settle for any lawyer with general experience. You need a personal injury lawyer and someone with experience and expertise in mold cases.
Toxic mold can be a tough case to settle or litigate because of the challenge of investigating and proving the source of symptoms. The first thing you must do when finding a lawyer is to narrow down your list to only those lawyers with experience helping victims of toxic mold.
Another reason that mold cases are challenging is that several types of laws apply, not just personal injury. Your lawyer should also have expertise in:
- Housing law
- Toxic torts law
- Environmental law
- Contracts and construction defects law
- Water intrusion law
- Employment and workers’ compensation law
In addition to this knowledge and expertise, choose a lawyer who has time for your case, has adequate resources and makes you feel confident about their efforts. The right lawyer will offer contingency payment and be available to you at all times.
How to Work with Your Lawyer
Proving negligence in a toxic mold case can be difficult. Your legal team needs all the information you can provide. The best way to work with them is to be honest about everything, even if you think it implicates you in some way or if you are afraid to blow the whistle on an employer. The more they know, the better they can advocate for you.
When meeting with your toxic mold lawyer bring everything you have that is related to the mold and your illness:
- Provide all documentation you have collected of the mold, including photographs and any testing results
- If you cannot get photos of the mold, detail its location and describe its appearance as best you can.
- For mold in your home, provide all documents related to previous owners, landlords, renters, inspections, and any work done.
- If you had the mold remediated, provide information on the company who did the work and associated documents.
- For mold at work, provide incident reports and any communications about the mold with supervisors or other employees.
- Keep all records of your medical care and bills related to symptoms.
- Also keep records of bills for anything in the home you had to replace due to mold and water damage.
Working with a toxic mold lawyer is the best thing you can do if your home or workplace is making you sick. They can help you sort through the details and advise you on appropriate legal action. If someone can be held liable, they’ll advocate to get you the compensation you deserve.