Researchers have linked mold to a number of physical and cognitive health problems. If you or a family member sustains a serious impairment related to mold exposure in a leased house or apartment, how do you go about getting the compensation you deserve?
Suing a Landlord for Mold-Related Problems
If you suffer mold-related damages, the first step is to get evidence of the presence of mold and its level of toxicity. This information will be submitted by your lawyer during the discovery phase of the lawsuit, when each side gets to see and review facts that will be presented by the opponent.
Lawyers have different specialties and areas of expertise, so you should obtain the services of one who is familiar with mold cases. Nolo, a website offering legal information to consumers, has a directory of lawyers that can be searched by experience, fees, and geographic area.
You will definitely need representation if your damages are substantial, but if they run less than $10,000 you can handle the case yourself in small claims court. Confirm the limits in your state before proceeding. You may also be required to first send a demand letter to your landlord as a condition of filing.
Will Insurance Cover Mold-Related Expenses?
Depending on your policy, renters’ insurance may cover damages to possessions with either replacement or repair costs. If your health insurance doesn’t cover your medical bills, you’ll need to file suit against your landlord to recover.
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