By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You say mold, I say lawsuit.READ MORE: CBS3 Pet Project: Tips On Caring For Dogs With Arthritis
Broward County, Florida just agreed to settle a case with a lawyer who worked in the courthouse and claimed that her severe sinus problems were caused by mold in the courthouse for $166,000. You may wonder how you can find the source of the mold in a courthouse filled with lawyers.
The lawyer’s surgeon found mold in her sinuses that matched the mold in the walls of the courthouse. EWW.
Exposure to mold has been linked to allergic reactions, infections, asthma, and other health effects. For the most part, most mold-related claims aren’t based on the worksite but on the faulty construction or materials used in homes that have allowed the mold to grow.READ MORE: Joel Embiid Scores 32, Leads 76ers To 109-98 Win In Miami
So if your home has mold, can you sue?
Depending on the reason for the mold growth, lawsuits have been filed against builders, architechts and engineers, condo associations, and even realtors who knew about the problems but didn’t disclose it to buyers.
If you have a mold problem, start with your homeowner’s policy which may cover it. Insurance companies have begun to insulate themselves from liability by excluding mold coverage in new policies and renewals of old policies that at one time did cover mold damage.MORE NEWS: Daniel Moore, Hero Pilot In Drexel Hill Medical Helicopter Crash, Released From Philadelphia Hospital
Suddenly the lawyers who handle those cases on your behalf don’t seem so repellant now do they?