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Toxic mold a nightmare for contractors

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2018 | Construction Law

Contractors can face liability claims for toxic mold in the structures they build. These claims can be expensive to remedy, but the homes and businesses may not be able to be occupied unless the mold is eradicated.

As with most construction law disputes, it is far easier to prevent mold than to remove its source. A contractor may need to trace the source of the mold exposure through the supply chain of subcontractors. This can be quite time-consuming and costly, as few subcontractors will readily admit that they dropped the ball.

Failing to nip this problem in the bud can also generate numerous medical bills and other related expenses on behalf of the claimants.

Some fixes may include replacing windows, walls, ceiling tiles, floors and subflooring and molding. Those are on the cheaper end of the spectrum. If it’s determined that the structural elements are the root cause of the problem, the costs can skyrocket.

Ventilation systems may also need to be replaced — another major expense, as they can spread a localized problem all throughout the structure.

If you face allegations of toxic mold on your built properties, you need to take immediate action to rectify the situation before it worsens. Retaining competent legal counsel who can defend you against allegations of negligence is the first step.

A contractor’s reputation takes years to build, but a single lawsuit may be all it takes to trash their good name and the reputation of their contracting business. Don’t let it get that far. Seek legal guidance to work toward a solution that is amenable to all parties.