The term ‘toxic mold’ holds a deceptive element to it, and it gives the impression that every form of mold is toxic. Despite the fact associated with toxic mold, many people share health concerns due to such mold and result in widespread fear of mold found in homes, schools, workplaces, and elsewhere. This article will discuss some of the basics associated with toxic mold.
While the term itself may cause confusion, studies show that there is no such thing as toxic mold. According to one source the term toxic mold is incorrect and is said to be “unproven as a cause of the various symptoms associated with it”. Another source states that the term is loosely used in the industry and has different meanings depending on the person using it. The CDC explains that, ‘certain molds can produce toxins who are referred to as toxigenic’. As such the term refers to the fact that certain kinds of molds can produce mycotoxins hence the use of the term ‘toxic mold’.
Mold that produces mycotoxins and spread in the same way as other forms of mold do; through mold spores. However, they may be the cause of potentially serious health issues if they are swallowed in significant quantities over time. One of the key differences between toxigenic molds and other forms of molds is that toxigenic mold is far less common; while general mold is found everywhere. The two best-known examples of ‘toxic mold’ include:
- Stachybotrys Chartarum- often known as S. chartarum and popularly known as ‘black mold’. It is a greenish black fungus that thrives in a moist environment and is often found in flood damaged buildings. The toxins produced by this type of mold are potent, however, there is some evidence stating that only a few strains of Stachybotrys chartarum are toxigenic. This basically shows that this specific type of toxic mold is quite rare.
- Aspergillis - this is a family of mold whereby only some are toxigenic. The mycotoxins produced by toxigenic strains are smaller and less potent then Stachybotrys chartarum mycotoxins. However, they are more commonly found in comparison. In fact, aspergillus mold can be found in any mold friendly environments.
Some people may become sick as a result of being exposed to these mycotoxins and toxigenic molds. However, the common health problems associated with these are often caused by non-toxic forms of mold.
If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of toxic mold, there are potential defendants you may file a lawsuit against; some of these are:
- Builders or contractors- these may be liable if the mold infestation is due to a shoddy construction or materials used in construction or failing to install proper ventilation
- Architect or engineer- liability falls on the architect or engineer if the infestation is due to poor architecture or engineering; such as failure to include proper ventilation in home design
- Prior owner - where the previous owner failed to disclose the presence of a mold infestation
For legal advice and representation in your toxic mold case speak to a personal injury attorney Alaska today.