San Diego Mold Attorney – The State of California’s Health and Human Service Agency/Department of Public Health has issued an extremely important document entitled “Statement on Building Dampness, Mold, and Health.” This document is recognition by the California Department of Public Health that there is a “consensus among scientists and medical experts” that the presence of water damage, damp building materials, visible mold growth, or mold odors in buildings creates an increased risk of a variety of health problems for human beings. The Department of Public Health Services included that “known health risks include: the development of asthma, allergies and respiratory infections; the triggering of asthma; an increased wheeze, cough, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms.”
The statement is a landmark document both because it is a pronouncement from the State of California regarding the health effects of mold, but also because it confirms the modern scientific consensus which has evolved over the years regarding the hazards of mold and water damage. This document is important for tenants who are trying to understand and/or enforce their rights, and who are concerned about health hazards in a water-damaged building environment. The document is also important because it recognizes the current scientific literature confirming that water damage is the key concern from a health standpoint and that mold alone is not the only problem.