If you’re living in a building that was once water damaged, there’s a significant chance that you may be exposed to toxic mold. These dangerous substances are commonly called “toxic black mold”, but may be related to several types of mold including Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, Aspergillus, and Stachybotrys Chartarum. Typically, toxic mold grows on surfaces with a high cellulose content, such as wood, fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, and even dust and lint. The presence of these molds indicates that there was previous water damage in the area.
Compounding the problem is the fact that some of these molds secrete mycotoxins such as ochratoxin, aflatoxin, and trichothecenes. These toxins are measurable in urine and have been shown to trigger inflammation, allergies and asthma, oxidative stress, and immune dysfunction in both human and animals.
The most common methods of exposure are through skin contact, inhalation, and ingestion. Molds have the ability to produce various symptoms, such as skin rashes, respiratory distress, various types of inflammation, cognitive issues, neurological symptoms, and immune suppression. The most common symptoms associated with mold exposure are allergic rhinitis and new onset asthma.
If you suffer from undiagnosed issues and ailments that you can’t attribute to a specific condition, you may suffer from exposure to toxic mold. A wide variety of symptoms have resulted from mold toxicity, including fatigue and weakness, headaches, light sensitivity, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, stiffness, joint pain, unusual skin sensations, tingling and numbness, shortness of breath, sinus congestion or chronic cough, appetite swings, body temperature regulation problems, increased urinary frequency, increased thirst, red eyes, blurred vision, sweats, mood swings, sharp pains, diarrhea, bloating, tearing, disorientation, metallic taste in mouth, static shocks, vertigo, lightheadedness, and more.
With nearly two decades of experience as a personal injury lawyer, Karl Gebhard takes his commitment to his clients seriously. While toxic mold law is still relatively new, Karl is experienced in building cases for mold illness and toxic mold injuries, and he works hard to help those suffering from toxic mold exposure recover their losses due to medical expenses, lost wages and suffering.
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