Injuries from exposure to damp and mould in the home

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Living in a property which is damp and mouldy is not just an unsightly inconvenience, it can also cause serious injury.

Is your health suffering from mould and dampness in your rented accommodation?  You could be entitled to compensation. 

Thompsons team of specialist lawyers are fighting the scandal and health implications of mould and dampness in rented, private, housing association and local authority housing. 

If you have suffered respiratory conditions, illness or injury whilst living with dampness and mould, talk to Thompsons today on 0800 0891 331.

Landlords have a duty to provide safe, suitable, habitable living conditions and carry out repairs,  Despite that, unfortunately many rented households across Scotland experience issues of damp and mould, which causes harmful mould spores to be released into the atmosphere.   

Exposure to damp spores has been linked to the development or exacerbation of:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis 
  • Eczema/dermatitis
  • Fungal infection 

Poor living conditions combined with the above can also have an impact on mental health and contribute to psychiatric conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Those who suffered from skin or respiratory conditions previously, the elderly and children are particularly vulnerable to mould exposure. 

Damp and Mould Compensation Claims

Damp and mouldy house compensation is not a legal right, but it may be possible to claim compensation from the landlord or local authority if they have failed to carry out their legal duties. This could include failing to carry out repairs or provide adequate ventilation, or failing to respond to complaints about damp and mould.

In some cases where exposure to damp and mould has caused an injury, it may be possible to claim compensation as well as for the associated costs of damage to furniture or clothing. If you think you may be entitled to compensation, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Indications of damp and mould in the house

  1. Musty odours
  2. Visible mould growth
  3. Peeling paint or wallpaper
  4. Discoloured walls or ceilings
  5. Warped or buckling floors or walls
  6. Stains on walls or ceilings
  7. Condensation on windows
  8. Rotting wood
  9. Allergies or respiratory problems
  10. Increased humidity levels

Damp compensation claims explained

Damp compensation claims are claims made by homeowners or tenants against a landlord or property owner for damages caused by dampness in the property. Dampness can cause a range of problems, from mould and mildew to structural damage, and can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor ventilation, inadequate insulation, and plumbing issues. In some cases, the landlord or property owner may be liable for the costs of repairs and other damages caused by dampness. In order to make a successful claim, the tenant must be able to prove that the landlord or property owner was negligent in their duty of care to maintain the property in a safe and habitable condition.

Can I claim compensation for a damp and mouldy house?

Yes, you may be able to claim compensation for a damp and mouldy house if you have developed illness linked to the living conditions. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to make a claim against your landlord or the local authority responsible for housing. You should talk to our team today to discuss your options.

How much compensation can I claim for a damp and mouldy house?

The amount of compensation you can claim for a damp and mouldy house will depend on the specific circumstances of your case and the extent of any injury. It is best to contact our team who are experts in this area of law, we will provide free legal advice and determine what compensation you may be entitled to.

Health Complications and Illness Caused By Damp

Damp can cause a variety of health complications and illnesses, including respiratory problems, allergies, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses. It can also cause skin irritation, headaches, fatigue, and depression. In addition, damp can lead to the growth of mould and mildew, which can cause allergic reactions and other health problems.

If your landlord has ignored your complaints about mould in the home and you have developed symptoms, you may be entitled to compensation.

Call 0800 0891 331 now to find out if you can claim compensation from your landlord

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