Toxic Mold And Indoor Air Quality Case Results Achieved by the San Diego Mold Attorneys at LaFave & Rice

The mold and personal injury lawyers at LaFave & Rice have a remarkable history of success both in trial and outside of the Courtroom.  Some of the notable case results Jeff LaFave and John Rice have been involved with in San Diego and throughout California are referenced here.  Please remember that every case is different and has unique facts.  Each case is judged on its specific facts and merits.  We can’t promise that if you have a case that appears similar to one listed here, that you would absolutely obtain the same result.

FAMILY INJURED BY EXPOSURE TO HYDROGEN SULFIDE IN THEIR HOME

Merziotis v. Doe Developers$1,000,000

San Diego indoor environmental attorney Jeff LaFave achieved a settlement of $1 million for a family exposed to hydrogen sulfide. The case involved a family that was exposed to intermittent low levels of hydrogen sulfide (sewer gas) in their home which resulted from a construction defect in the sewer vent system of their luxury condominium. All four family members suffered health symptoms, and the youngest child developed the onset of asthma. The suit was brought against the builder, the developer and the subcontractor who installed the defective vent system.


 LANDLORD-TENANT CASE BROUGHT BY FAMILY AGAINST FORMER LANDLORD

Ward v. Madden – $500,000

San Diego mold exposure lawyer Jeff LaFave represented a mother and her twin boys who brought suit against their landlord for serious water damage and mold problems in their rented home in Carlsbad. The plaintiffs alleged exposure to mold and dust mites which caused the family to become very ill, including exacerbation of preexisting asthma in all three of the plaintiffs. Further, the plaintiffs alleged that the mother had to have sinus surgery as a result of the exposure.  All three plaintiffs had preexisting allergies and asthma before living in the home, but plaintiffs were able to show an exacerbation of those symptoms above and beyond their preexisting conditions as a result of their exposure to water damage, dust mites and mold growth in the home.


FAMILY SUES LANDLORD FOR MOLD EXPOSURE IN AN APARTMENT COMPLEX AND VIOLATION OF TENANTS RIGHTS

Galindo v. Willmark Communities, et al. – $575,000

San Diego attorney Jeff LaFave represented a family of four, including three young girls, who were exposed to mold, water damage, dust mites and moldy smells in their former home, an apartment rented to them by Willmark Communities in Escondido.  All three children suffered from asthma and physical injuries as a result of their exposure, and Mr. LaFave was able to settle the case for $575,000 against the landlord and property manager.


LANDLORD-TENANT MOLD EXPOSURE AND PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM

Axelrod et al. v. Klein – $782,500

Suit filed in San Diego Superior Court by tenants against a landlord for personal injuries and habitability claims arising from mold and water damage in a townhouse in La Jolla.  A settlement of $782,500 was obtained by San Diego mold lawyer Jeff LaFave.


FAMILY EXPOSED TO MOLD AND SUFFERS ILLNESS SUES APARTMENT OWNER AND PROPERTY MANAGER

Dunscomb v. Doe Apartment Company – $500,000

Settlement for $500,000 on behalf of a San Diego County family who rented an apartment from a large apartment company and was exposed to toxic mold over several years.  2 family members suffered asthma, and 3 suffered allergies as a result.  San Diego mold attorney Jeff LaFave filed suit in Superior Court and settled the case at mediation.  The suit was brought against the landlord apartment company who also built the property.  Plaintiffs alleged construction defects caused habitability violations including leaks, moisture intrusion, musty smells and visible mold growth, which made the entire family ill.   Plaintiffs suffered injury from irritant effects of mold, as well as allergic response to dust mites, which amplified due to long-term moisture intrusion.


TOXIC MOLD EXPOSURE IN THE WORKPLACE AND NEGLIGENCE OF PROPERTY MANAGER

Colburn v. Milligan and Bond Property Management – $435,000

Suit by employee of business who rented an office in San Bernardino, which suffered from long-term leaks, musty smells and mold growth.  Plaintiff suffered disabilities as a result of her exposure to toxic mold.  San Diego mold attorney Jeff LaFave and his co-counsel obtained a settlement of $435,000.


LANDLORD-TENANT SUIT AGAINST APARTMENT COMPANY FOR HEALTH PROBLEMS RESULTING FROM TOXIC MOLD EXPOSURE AND CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS

Tran et al. vs. Camden USA et al. – $150,000

Lawsuit against a large, national apartment company in San Diego Federal District Court alleging personal injuries as a result of  water damage and mold exposure in an apartment in Vista, California.  Primary claim was asthma of mother and son.  Settlement of $150,000 won by San Diego mold lawyer Jeff LaFave.


TRIAL VICTORY REGARDING PERSONAL INJURIES FROM MOLD EXPOSURE AND HABITABILITY CLAIMS IN LANDLORD-TENANT SETTING

DeLeon et. al. v. Frank Morgan – $1,000,000+

Suit by tenants against a landlord for moisture intrusion and mold exposure in a duplex in La Mesa, California.  Jeff LaFave obtained a judgment after a 4-week trial for over $1 million on behalf of our clients.  Jeff LaFave received the Outstanding Trial Lawyer award in 2006 for this outstanding trial result.


MOLD EXPOSURE, CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS AND PERSONAL INJURIES

Doe v. Roe Homeowners Association$3,200,000

Confidential settlement brought by homeowners against an HOA regarding water damage and mold exposure.


ELDERLY WOMAN WITH COPD EXPOSED TO TOXIC MOLD IN APARTMENT AT THE BEACH

$950,000

San Diego mold lawyer Jeff LaFave brought suit against a landlord on behalf of an elderly woman who had pre-existing COPD.  The woman rented an apartment, but the landlord did not disclose the unit had a history of mold growth and water damage.  Instead, the landlord painted over the mold to hide it.  Immediately after moving in, the woman’s COPD became much worse and she had to be repeatedly hospitalized until she discovered the problem and moved out.  Mold attorney LaFave obtained a confidential settlement of $950,000.


TOXIC MOLD EXPOSURE AND CONSTRUCTION DEFECT LAWSUIT VERSUS HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Carnahan vs. Newport Crest HOA – $857,000

San Diego mold attorney Jeff LaFave brought suit on behalf of a single plaintiff (along with his co-counsel) and achieved a settlement of $857,000 on the eve of trial.  Plaintiff Carnahan owned a condominium in Newport Beach, California, which suffered from chronic water damage.  Over time, the moisture intrusion resulted in toxic mold and amplified dust mites.  Carnahan alleged a variety of health effects as a result of her exposure to the mold growth in her home.


TRIAL VICTORY IN CASE WHERE HOMEOWNERS SUED HOA FOR INJURIES FROM EXPOSURE TO MOLD IN CONDOMINIUM

Wells v. Halcyon HOA – $200,000+

San Diego mold attorney Jeff LaFave won a judgment after a jury verdict at trial for over $200,000 in San Diego Superior Court.  Case was brought by a couple whose home suffered various forms of leaks and moisture intrusion, which resulted in mold growth in various places in the home.  One plaintiff alleged physical injuries as a result of exposure to the mold, including exacerbation of her meneire’s disease.


FAMILY EXPOSED TO MOLD AND SEWAGE IN APARTMENT COMPLEX

Campbell v. The Timbers Apartments et al. – $575,000

San Diego mold lawyer Jeff LaFave represented the Campbell family (including 2 young girls) against an apartment company and property manager.   The Campbell’s home suffered from a sewage backup, leaks and toxic mold, which made all four family members, sick, especially the two girls who suffered asthma.  The case settled for $575,000.


WORKPLACE TOXIC MOLD EXPOSURE

$2,850,000

Confidential settlement by San Diego mold lawyer Jeff LaFave on behalf of 3 women injured by exposure to stachybotrys and other toxic molds as a result of water damage in their workplace.  Case settled for 2.85 million dollars.


FAMILY SUES FOR NON-DISCLOSURE OF ONGOING MOLD PROBLEM IN APARTMENT COMPLEX WHICH HARMS HEALTH OF MOTHER AND CHILDREN

Dagher vs. Nobel Court et al. – $525,000

San Diego mold attorney brought suit against a large real estate and apartment company, which owned a complex in La Jolla, California.  Mother and two children had developed asthma as a result of mold problem, which had existed in apartment for years, even prior to plaintiffs renting the apartment from defendants.  Case settled for $525,000.


LAWSUIT FOR CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS AND PERSONAL INJURIES AS A RESULT OF MOLD EXPOSURE RESULTING FROM CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS AND IMPROPER REMEDIATION

Kirst v. Riderwood Meadows et al.  – $1,000,000

San Diego mold attorney Jeff LaFave assisted co-counsel with suit against HOA, Developer and Stanley Steamer Carpet Company for personal injuries suffered by family living in a mold-infested condominium.  Case settled for nearly $1 million dollars.