Everyone is so concerned about black mold. Indeed, Stachybotrys, this so-called black mold, might be the most dangerous, but is also easy to spot, and should be taken care of in the same manner as all molds. You’ve probably heard the most about this type of mold in the news, and it probably comes up first on internet string searches. Truth be told, it is dangerous, and should be taken seriously. But you don’t have to become a scientist – or even personally consult a scientist – to learn all you need to know about black mold.
The highest-ever monetary settlement for a case involving property damage due to mold was obtained in what turned out to be the highest-profile case of its kind. Celebrated television personality and former “Tonight Show” sidekick Ed McMahon (now deceased) sued his insurance company for $20 million after he, his family, and his dog were sickened by mold following the implementation of shoddy mold remediation and mold repair practices. The insurers and contractors accused in the case eventually agreed to a settlement of $7.2 million – still the highest documented recovery in such a case. Continue reading