Hundreds of military families in Virginia, including those stationed at Naval Station Norfolk, are susceptible to dangers caused by fungus spores and toxins. Collectively these are known as toxic molds, which thrive in dark and damp areas including roofs, drop ceilings, kitchens and bathrooms.
Residents of Lincoln Military Housing communities in Norfolk, Va. have reported ongoing symptoms and have requested mold testing only to be ignored and denied by the housing company. Communities potentially affected include:
- Ben Moreell
- Breezy Point
- Castle Acres
- H Qtrs
- Norwich Manor
- Queens Way
- SP Enlist
- The Village at Whitehurst Farm
- Willoughby Bay
Once toxic molds infiltrate a home, they secrete chemicals known as mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are mobile and can easily spread to other areas of the home, infecting the lungs, brains and digestive tracts of humans. Daily exposure to these mycotoxins can lead to headaches, nose bleeds and respiratory problems. In the most severe cases, toxic mold exposure can lead to death.
You deserve to be live in safe military housing. When neglect occurs and results in undue harm to you and your family, those responsible must be held accountable. The Brain Injury Law Center has the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to litigate on your behalf to see that justice is served.
We want to help prevent this ongoing problem from continuing.
Toxic Mold Symptoms
Norfolk military housing residents have suffered serious symptoms that have led to stress, anxiety and, in one particular case, lesions on the brain. Families are being put in harm’s way by being exposed to the dangers of toxic mold. They are susceptible to symptoms often attributed to other factors, such as a change of season, allergies, physical conditioning or diet. These symptoms include:
- Ear and eye infections
- Frequent colds
- Respiratory infections
- Skin rashes
However, more serious cognitive symptoms such as insomnia, loss of appetite, confusion, disorientation and memory loss can also be linked to extended toxic mold exposure.
When toxic mold has been entrenched inside your home, it’s not something that can easily be avoided. It will continue to contaminate your home and put your families at risk. Years of exposure to toxic mold can lead to serious life-threatening diseases, such as:
- Epstein-Barr virus
- Legionnaire’s Disease
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
A Call for Cleaner and Safer Housing
Defective military housing was addressed by the Military Housing Oversight and Accountability Act, passed by the House of Representatives and added to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.
This legislation gives authority to, and places responsibility upon, Service Secretaries to oversee military housing projects in phases of upkeep and maintenance. It is the duty of the military secretaries to monitor housing maintenance and address any findings accordingly.
Protecting Military Families
Protecting your family is your number one priority. If lack of attention or failure to complete regular maintenance inspections or adequately address problems have led your family to be exposed to toxic mold, we are here to help you hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions — or lack thereof.
The Brain Injury Law Center represents clients whose health has been compromised by the failure of builders, housing authorities, homeowners’ associations and other responsible parties to prevent the origination and spread of toxic mold in buildings they construct and maintain. If your home and the health of your family have been affected by toxic mold contamination, contact us at (757) 244-7000 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.