Los Angeles Toxic Mold Lawyer

Los Angeles Toxic Mold Lawyer
Los Angeles toxic mold
Los Angeles toxic mold lawyer

At JDW Personal Injury, attorney Jonathan Winters specializes in lawsuits against landlords, developers, property managers, contractors, insurance companies, slumlords, and others who are responsible for making you sick

For the last 20 years, he has represented hundreds of families and children. Owing to his personal Attention and dedication, He has earned a reputation for his expertise in mold exposure. In 2008, He was published by the State Bar of California. Since then, the Bar has continued to refer mold Clients.

Dealing with toxic mold at home or work is stressful, time-consuming, and potentially even dangerous to your health. If you or someone you love were exposed to harmful mold spores and suffered health problems, you might be entitled to file a claim for monetary compensation for the damages you suffered. Our Los Angeles mold litigation attorney at JDW Personal Injury can help.

Continue reading to learn about toxic mold cases and the health problems they cause or to find out if you have a potential case.

Secure Legal Representation From Our Los Angeles Toxic Mold Attorney

Secure legal representation

At JDW Personal Injury, we represent mold exposure victims and their family members. If you’ve suffered negative health effects caused by coming into contact with toxic mold spores, the first step is to seek legal assistance from qualified attorneys who are well-versed in helping clients harmed by dangerous molds.

Our experienced California mold litigation attorneys can work with you to determine the presence of certain types of mold in your home or workplace. They can represent you in a lawsuit if you can’t reach a fair settlement during negotiations.

We offer a free consultation to make it easy for potential clients to ask questions and learn about the legal process of filing a mold exposure claim.

What You Need To Know About Toxic Mold

What you need to know about toxic mold

Toxic mold is common in the warm, humid California weather. Unfortunately, it’s also responsible for many property damage and health problems.

Below, we discuss the causes of mold growth and exposure, how to identify different types of molds, and potential health issues if exposed.

Definition of Toxic Mold

Not all mold spores are toxic. Mold is commonly found in damp areas like basements and bathrooms, where water damage is more likely to occur. Many types of mold aren’t dangerous to be around and only need simple cleaning to remove.

On the other hand, toxic mold releases mycotoxins, a harmful substance to animals and humans.

While this substance is mostly found in rice, cereals, beans, and other grains that haven’t been kept cool and dry during storage, it can also grow in walls, ceilings, cabinets, kitchens, and bathrooms where there may be water damage.

Common Types of Toxic Mold

The following are the five primary types of harmful mold:

  • Aspergillus: Prolonged or excessive inhalation of this mold can cause severe bleeding in the lungs
  • Cladosporium: Like most molds, exposure to Cladosporium causes allergy and asthma symptoms. In severe cases, infection may occur.
  • Fusarium: This mold can cause skin infections and, in large amounts, can result in acute toxic effects
  • Penicillium: Although this mold produces some antibiotics, uncontrolled exposure can have carcinogenic effects.
  • Stachybotrys: The most dangerous mold on this list, primarily known as “black mold,” causes immune system suppression and serious illness.

Health Effects of Exposure To Toxic Mold

Health effects of exposure to toxic mold

Mold issues can cause several different health problems that vary between people. As mycotoxins are breathed in, the immune system becomes activated, producing allergy symptoms that range between mild and severe.

These health problems can include but are not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery or itchy eyes
  • Asthma attacks
  • New onset allergies or asthma
  • Coughing
  • Itchy skin
  • Fatigue
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Chronic pain
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Nosebleeds
  • Confusion or memory loss or
  • Shifts in the mood.

Causes of Toxic Mold Growth

Causes of toxic mold growth

Various kinds of molds can grow and thrive in homes and businesses in California, especially those closer to the coast, where it’s more humid.

Anywhere that is warm, moist, and dark can begin to accumulate mold, and it’s hard to know whether or not it will be one of the five toxic kinds mentioned above.

Some of the most common causes of harmful mold growth include:

  • Poor air ventilation in basements and bathrooms
  • Water leaks
  • High outdoor humidity
  • Flooding and
  • High-cellulose materials like cardboard and drywall.

Legal Claims for Toxic Mold Exposure in Los Angeles

If you or a family member were exposed to harmful mold in your building, filing a legal claim can help you recover the cost of medical bills, time spent out of work due to mold-related illness, and even new belongings if yours were subjected to water damage from flooding or leaking pipes.

Depending on the circumstances of the exposure to harmful mold and the various elements involved, you may be able to file one of the following claims:

Personal Injury Claim

You may get indemnities for some of your expenses by filing a personal injury claim. This allows you to hold the party responsible for your exposure to mold accountable for negligence and reimburses you for the costs of your medical care, any time you were out of work due to your illness, and even funeral expenses if your loved one died as a result of mold exposure.

To file, reach out to an experienced mold injury attorney. Qualified lawyers in tort law can help you go through the legal process and understand the laws that impact your case.

Property Damage Claims

If the mold ruined any of your things, you may be able to file a property damage claim. However, this depends on what property was damaged and how it came to be damaged.

You must demonstrate that your property was in good condition before its mold exposure and that the damage couldn’t have been from anything else, like an accident.

An established Los Angeles law firm can work with you to file the claim and negotiate with the other party’s insurance company to obtain fair compensation for the harm done to your belongings. Your lawyers will examine several factors to determine the best approach and how to use the law to your advantage.

Landlord/Tenant Disputes

A property landlord is legally required to keep their rental property free from known hazards, including toxic mold.

Suppose a landlord fails to do so, and a tenant can prove the landlord negligently allowed the building to fall into disrepair. In that case, the landlord may be held financially responsible for harm caused by the mold.

Is Your Mold and/or Water Damage Problem a Violation of your Tenant Rights?

Mold and Poor Indoor Air Quality Can Breach the Warranty of Habitability of a Residential Lease. See California Civil Code 1941.1 If you think you may have a tenant’s rights issue, please contact us, for a case evaluation

Insurance Claims

You can also file with your homeowners or renters insurance company, depending on what’s covered under your policy.

Your attorneys can work with the insurer to reach a satisfactory settlement without litigating your case, helping you get the compensation you need to recover from health issues and damage to your property caused by mold.

If the law firm you hire is unsuccessful at negotiating a fair settlement, they can represent you in court and present evidence to prove your mold injury case.

Steps To Take if You Suspect Toxic Mold Exposure

Steps to take if you suspect toxic mold exposure

Suppose you suspect you may have a legal claim for toxic mold exposure. In that case, there are several steps you need to take to protect your right to financial compensation for damage to your property, lost wages, medical bills, and other related expenses.

Below are a few actions you can consider taking to prepare for toxic mold litigation in the future:

Document the Issue

A crucial aspect of a successful toxic mold exposure claim is documentation. You need to have clear records of when you were first exposed to the mold when you noticed the presence of mold in your building, and any medical issues you have experienced in the months following.

Seek Medical Attention

Obtaining medical care for exposure to harmful molds is also imperative as soon as possible after you begin experiencing symptoms.

You can be confident that the other side will do everything possible to discredit you, including suggesting that your symptoms weren’t serious. If there was any delay in your medical care, this may be used to support that theory.

Just like if you were in a car accident or had some other serious injury, go to the emergency room or make an appointment with your doctor to be seen when you start noticing health issues.

You should also ask for printed copies of your medical records that you can keep in a safe place until your mold attorney needs them.

Report the Issue to the Appropriate Authorities

Aside from contacting qualified mold attorneys after dangerous mold spores harm you or a loved one, you must also report the problem to the right authorities.

First, you’ll want to notify the LA Health Department and request that someone come to your home or place of work to document the presence of mold.

Then, you should contact the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Call the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if the mold is at a job site.

These agencies can investigate your landlord or employer for negligence and order them to remove the mold and clean the surrounding area.

If this doesn’t happen, these agencies may impose a fine or even order the property to be vacated until the mold issue has been remediated.

Contact a Los Angeles Toxic Mold Lawyer

Feel free to contact a California dangerous mold law firm that can help you without hesitation. JDW Personal Injury will advocate for your rights and pursue the full and fair reparations you and your family deserve.

Statute of Limitations for Los Angeles Mold Cases

Like most other states, California has a statute of limitations for toxic mold litigation. This means you only have a certain period to seek compensation for mold exposure.

If you don’t file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires in your case, you could forfeit your right to hear your case.

California’s statute of limitations for mold exposure cases is three years from the date you were first exposed or when you learned about the issue. Call a qualified toxic mold attorney before this date passes to ensure you have enough time to complete the paperwork and gather evidence to support your case.

Types of Damages You Can Claim in a Toxic Mold Case

There are several kinds of damages you may be able to get compensated for depending on your case, such as:

  • Hospital bills
  • Doctor copays
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Damaged property
  • Emotional damages
  • Lost wages and
  • Funeral expenses if death occurred.

How Our Los Angeles Toxic Mold Lawyer Can Help You With Your Case

How our toxic mold lawyer help you with your case

When confronted with the challenges of toxic mold, having a skilled and experienced legal advocate on your side is essential. That’s where Jonathan, our accomplished Los Angeles toxic mold lawyer, steps in. With a history of success in handling these cases, he is the ideal choice for guiding you through the complexities of your situation and obtaining the justice you deserve.

Attorney Jonathan’s knowledge of building codes, environmental regulations, and health concerns enables him to create a solid legal strategy. He understands each case’s unique nature, tailoring his approach accordingly. Throughout the process, Jonathan offers empathetic guidance while effectively pursuing the compensation you deserve.

Trust Attorney Jonathan’s proven track record and compassionate expertise for a successful toxic mold case!

Contact Our Experienced Toxic Mold Attorney at JDW Personal Injury for a Free Consultation

Experienced toxic mold attorney

At JDW Personal Injury, our compassionate and qualified mold attorneys can help you determine if the mold in your home or workplace is toxic and if you are owed any financial restitution for damages you incurred due to your exposure to the mold.

Contact JDW Personal Injury to schedule your free consultation to discuss your health concerns with one of our veteran toxic mold lawyers today. Call our Los Angeles, CA, law firm at (562) 568-7831. We also offer support for pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, wrongful death cases, and more.

Guidance for mold in Residence
  • Take pictures of the mold, water damage and all your personal property that * has been damaged.
  • Have a professional (microbiologist) do testing to verify the amount and fevels of mold.
  • Document Your Communications with your landlord that you Complain on ‘numerous occasions.
  • Make an Inventory of all Damages such as moving expenses.
  • Obtain Medical Advice by an Allergist or Pulmonologist
  • Call an experienced Mold Injury Lawyer. Schedule your first consultation face ‘to face with an advocate that can represent you and develop a good working relationship. Mold cases are challenging and very few attorneys have experience with trial.
Tips for mold prevention
  • Keep your home clean and dry.
  • Address all issues related to water, such as leaking faucets, roofs, and wet basements.
  • Use ventilation fans in your kitchen and bathroom, or other rooms where water may be present.
  • Keep the humidity level in your home below 50 percent by using an air conditioner or a dehumidifier.
  • Avoid installing carpeting in areas of your home that may become wet, such as the kitchen or bathrooms.
  • Make it a point to dry area rugs and mats when they become wet.

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