The Legal Implications of 'Toxic' Mold Exposure

A column written by Marler Clark associate Dave Babcock, which appeared in the April issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. The column includes a discussion of what toxic mold is, where exposures are occurring, legal claims resulting from mold contamination, and how to prevent mold exposure. It ends with practical information regarding toxic mold concerns: Landlords, building managers, and contractors should be aware of the risks presented by mold. Common sense would seem to dictate designing and constructing buildings with reduction of the likelihood of mold infiltration in mind. When mold does appear, early removal efforts are more likely to be the least costly in the long term. And, like homeowners, those responsible for the building and its inhabitants should know where they stand with respect to insurance coverage for mold-related claims.

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