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Toxic mold costs a Texas family the cost of their home and health

AUSTIN (KXAN) – On a recent trip to New Orleans with her eldest daughter, Austin resident Kristina Baehr, walked past a building and immediately knew there was mold inside.

“She and I would be like,” it’s there, it’s there,” she said. “That’s how sensitive we are to toxic mold and water damage.”

At this time last year, Baehr was staying at a hotel and discovered a benign tumor. It’s the latest health complication in a years-long string of symptoms.

Root cause? Toxic black mold all over her family’s house.

Symptoms persisted for a period of three years, beginning with migraine and ending with a benign tumor. She describes feeling as drunk as in the middle of the day and waking up with itchy rashes on her skin.

One of her sons suffered from sinus complications, while the other began to show signs of developmental delay. One of her daughters began to exhibit mood swings and anxiety symptoms – spending hours each day playing and sleeping in a room where black mold grew just steps from her bed. , inside the wall.

“We opened that wall and found that there was black mold everywhere. And then we dug in and discovered the roof problem,” she said. “And that was a flicker defect – when the house was built, it wasn’t properly lit, and so water had been pouring into that wall since we were there. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.”

A closer inspection by mold experts revealed that, as a result of a flash problem on the roof, black mold had spread all over the house, from the kitchen and bathroom to deep within the walls of their bedrooms. .

“Now we know that is where [the kids] She ate, where they slept, where they bathed and it was in the air they breathed,” she said. “So it’s no surprise that we’re all so sick.”

The Baehrs had to leave their home and lose all of their possessions in the process. Now, she’s working to raise awareness and provide legal advice to toxic mold victims, trial by case.

Previously working for the United States Attorney’s Office, Baehr debuted Just Well Law representing victims of personal injury cases, campaigning in support of “sick people against the companies that made them sick”. Just Well Law handles cases involving toxic exposure, military housing, medical malpractice, and vaccine injuries, among others.

Through Just Well Law, Baehr is collaborating with attorney Bob McKee to represent victims of toxic exposure cases around the country. In April, McKee represented a Florida woman who give 48 million dollars after a roof leak leads to widespread mold and then permanent disease.

“We want to educate other attorneys to try these cases. We believe it’s not rocket science, we believe you can do it, we believe you can give these families the upper hand,” she said. “And we want more lawyers involved. We want to create an army of lawyers around the country to help these families.”

“This is not just a cough or an allergy. This is serious immunological and neurological damage that can last a lifetime,” she said. “And I want to represent sick families against the people who made them sick.”

https://kfor.com/news/how-toxic-mold-cost-one-texas-family-their-home-and-health/ Toxic mold costs a Texas family the cost of their home and health

JACLYN DIAZ

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