Yesterday we discussed non-toxic mold in the house and some of the problems that can come from it. In general, mold in the house should be fixed and avoided whenever possible.
But then there’s toxic mold. Toxic mold is a very, very serious thing. In particular molds in the Stachybotrys family – commonly called black molds because of their appearance – have been blamed for devastating adverse affects.
Can mold really be toxic? Not exactly. Mold occurs naturally, but certain kinds release toxins that can be very dangerous. How dangerous, though, is still a controversy.
The toxins certain mold spores emit have been definitely been connected to:
- Sinus infections
- Skin problems
- Fungal infection in the lungs
- Chronic coughing
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is similar to pneumonia
- and other severe reactions.
But in addition, a lot of people believe mold can also cause hearing and memory loss, pneumonia, pulmonary hemorrhage, and low bone mineral density. The CDC says these claims haven’t been proven.
In a particularly famous case filed recently, the parents of deceased actress Brittany Murphy claim mold caused the pneumonia that ultimately took the young woman’s life. Her husband died of the same fate only a few months later.
Legally landlords, homeowners, and building managers all have a responsibility to the public to take care of serious mold buildup before it does any damage to people’s health. However, when that doesn’t happen, you do have the option to pursue compensation for your losses.
If you or a family member has been injured or become ill due to a mold infestation, our Memphis personal injury attorneys may be able to help.
Contact us today to discuss your situation for free.