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Filing a lawsuit if defective construction leads to mold

Every building comes with its share of problems; some develop over time while others should be addressed and resolved while a building is being built or renovated. If problems aren't addressed as soon as they are discovered, they can compromise the building's structure and even make people inside that building sick.

That can be the case when defective construction and/or inadequate building materials contribute to mold growth. This can happen in any structure when water gets into places and is not removed. Over time, that moisture can become a haven for fungal growth, which, when left untreated, can cause serious health problems.

Unfortunately, oftentimes mold is left untreated because it is not easily visible in a building. Pipes that leak behind walls, gaps in foundation or flooding that leaves basements and sub-flooring damp are often the cause of for mold growth; many people cannot see these areas unless and until walls or flooring are torn up.

Long-term exposure to mold can lead to respiratory problems and allergic reactions, which have the potential to be quite serious. This exposure can be an especially dangerous risk for people with compromised immune systems, including infants, pregnant women and the elderly.

In most cases, problems that contribute to mold growth can be traced back to elements of the original construction or decisions made during a renovation. Meaning: The conditions allowing mold to grow could likely have been prevented with better materials or decisions.

When mold growth stems from faulty construction, the use of substandard materials or the failure to disclose certain vulnerable areas in a building, there may be grounds for a lawsuit. Whether you are the victim of exposure to mold or the owner of a building under construction, taking legal action may be the most effective means of getting the resolution and financial relief you may deserve and need.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Dampness and Mold in Buildings," accessed on March 31, 2016

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