A Common Problem in Louisiana: Black Mold

There’s a common problem in Louisiana that nobody wants to talk about: black mold. Black mold is toxic and is usually found in areas that are damp and prone to flooding. The most common black mold symptoms and health effects are associated with a respiratory response. Chronic coughing, sneezing, irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes, chronic fatigue, and persistent headaches can all be symptomatic of black mold exposure or even worse: black mold poisoning. The toxic tort lawyers at Baggett McCall have seen many forms of mold and illnesses associated with exposure such as toxic mold syndrome. Toxic mold syndrome is the term used to define illnesses arising from exposure to spores of individual molds. These molds produce a poison called mycotoxin which can cause serious health problems. These spores are released into the air and can be inhaled. When someone has ingested these spores, it causes fever, nose and throat irritation, dizziness, lung congestion, shortness of breath, nausea, body aches, and burning eyes. 

Mold can be found everywhere, but not all forms are toxic and are mostly harmless. Louisiana has been affected by many severe weather events, and residents continue to struggle with the environmental results. Toxic black mold grows best in warm, moist conditions which makes Louisiana a breeding ground. Although black mold does not grow as quickly or as easily as most molds, once it is growing it usually forces out any other molds growing nearby and takes over the environment.

If you suspect to have toxic black mold growing in your home, you should first get your home tested to be certain. It’s important to determine whether it is mycotoxin-producing toxic black mold or a non-toxic species of mold. You may hire a professional mold inspector or buy a mold testing kit and test your home yourself. If you have any of the above-listed symptoms and have confirmed that your home is contaminated, your next step is to hire toxic tort lawyers.

A toxic tort is a specific type of personal injury that occurs as a result of the exposure to toxic materials or chemicals and hiring an attorney that is experienced with these types of cases is essential. Exposure to toxic mold is not a matter that is taken lightly by the courts, and in many cases, the person responsible for the upkeep of the building where the toxic mold has been found is well aware of the presence. If you or a loved one has been exposed, the law offices of Baggett McCall have a team of experienced toxic tort lawyers that specialize in litigation concerning toxic substances. We have represented thousands of clients that have been exposed to toxic substances throughout the region, and we will fight with you every step of the way to get the compensation that you deserve.

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