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When Construction Defects Lead to Toxic Mold

In Nevada and California, construction defects that cause toxic mold to build up in homes and buildings can cause substantial losses for property owners, and the parties that are responsible may have to repair the problems and pay for the victims’ injuries. Toxic mold can build up in a home or business when the building envelope is not properly sealed or when there are defects in the plumbing or HVAC systems. Toxic mold can cause people to suffer serious illnesses caused by indoor air pollutants. Structures that have been infected by the mold may need to be repaired or replaced because of weakening structural integrity. Because of the serious illnesses and structural damage that can be caused by toxic mold, it can be very expensive to correct the related problems.

Causes of Toxic Mold

Mold spores can be present in the air. Since modern buildings are designed to be airtight, this can prevent them from breathing and airing out. Buildings that have moisture introduced to the interior can cause both water damage and significant mold growth. Some of the common causes of toxic mold include:

  • Leaking pipes or plumbing defects
  • Faulty design
  • Poorly constructed windows, walls, and roofs
  • Leaky roofs
  • Improperly sealed building envelope
  • Flooding and excessive rain

When the cause of toxic mold is a construction defect, the company or companies responsible for the problem may have to pay for the property owner’s medical expenses and property damages, including mold mitigation and the replacement or repair of the affected structures. Some of the parties that have potential liability exposure for toxic mold might include former homeowners who failed to disclose the problems, contractors, architects, subcontractors, and materials suppliers, depending on the type of defect that caused toxic mold to develop.

Losses Caused by Toxic Mold

A property owner’s losses because of toxic mold from construction defects can be substantial. Some people may develop illnesses caused by exposure to toxic mold and may have significant related medical expenses and potential long-term effects. Toxic mold can also cause serious structural damage to a commercial building or home. The cleanup, remdiation and mold-testing costs can be substantial. Structures can be weakened by mold and moisture, meaning that windows, roofs, walls, and other structural elements might need to be replaced. When the defect is located in the ventilation system, the costs can also be significant.  If you believe that you might have a toxic mold claim caused by a construction defect or you believe that a prior owner failed to disclose a mold condition, contact an attorney to find out your legal rights and remedies.

What Our Clients Say

My family and I are thankful to Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa for their assistance during a three year case regarding construction defects to our home. We are truly appreciative of their knowledge, determination and assistance during this process. They were always courteous, and available to answer any and all of our concerns and questions. Thank you for the wonderful resolution. Many thanks to you and your staff.

Frances Castelli

We used Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa to represent us in a legal suit re problems in construction on new properties that we purchased from a developer.

We were very pleased with the representation provided by this law firm. They were fully communicative, responsive to our questions and were very knowledgeable about the issues that required resolution. Even after we reached a resolution, they have been responsive in making sure to point us in the right direction for help with repairs that are required.

We would recommend them to others with similar issues that require legal help.

Atam & Margo Lalchandani

Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa did a FANTASTIC job in our construction defects case. I interacted with several people from their office throughout our 2 year litigation. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always prompt about getting back to you when you have questions/comments/concerns. I especially enjoyed working with Darcy, Ardea, Eva, and Sandra. Being part of a lawsuit is no fun for anyone, but if you have to be a part of one, I can’t say enough positive things about this firm!

Victoria Fox

The law firm of Maddox, Segerblom, and Canepa were amazing to work with. They were thorough and always available for any questions we had. We worked a lot with Sandy who was always professional, friendly, always on time for appointments and just a great person to represent this firm. We have never been involved in a law suit before and they made it comfortable for us. We appreciate the hard work the lawyers and people who work for the firm did and would recommend them.

Becky Loudenburg
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