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    “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
    – Andrew Carnegie

    For decades, Smith Law Center has accepted referrals and welcomed co-counsel and lead counsel relationships in order to resolve serious injury and traumatic brain injury cases throughout the United States. Many of the settlements and verdicts we have obtained are some of the largest awarded in their local areas, and we are inclined to offer generous referral arrangements.

    Our firm realizes each case is unique and may require a creative approach to resolve complex legal issues or challenges the client may be facing. In many instances, collaborative litigation is an ideal way to secure maximum compensation for injury victims.

    For this reason, we ask that you reach out to us so we may consider your client’s claim together. As the acting principal and lead trial attorney of Smith Law Center, you may reach me directly by calling (757) 821-6662. If I am unavailable, please leave a message and I will promptly return your phone call. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

    Very truly yours,
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    Stephen M. Smith, Esq.
    President – The Association of Brain Injury Trial Lawyers of America
    Past President – The Brain Injury Association of Virginia
    Past Chairman – Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, AAJ

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    The attorneys are supported by a diverse staff of 28, who collectively bring over 300 years of experience to our firm

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    I have had the pleasure of working alongside Stephen Smith, David Holt, and Stewart Gill for several years now, representing traumatic brain injury survivors in fights against insurance companies. These guys are a pleasure to work with and are true trial lawyers who fight for their clients day in and day out in court.
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    Great firm. Stephen, David, and their team did a wonderful job representing a brain-injured client I referred to them for hard-fought case against a trucking company in federal court.
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    If you or a relative had a severe reaction to military housing mold, it might be time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Mold is everywhere, and can be dangerous. Researchers have linked mold to serious respiratory illnesses in some individuals.

    Smith Law Center may be able to help if a property owner failed to keep you safe from mold in your military housing. We are one of Virginia’s oldest and most successful firms. We know how to hold negligent property owners responsible, especially when the military is involved.

    Call us at (757) 244-700 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. There’s no fee for learning more about Virginia mold laws, your rights, and your legal options.

    Mold in Military Housing

    Black mold in military housing became widely known when Reuters published an investigation in 2018. Since then, the Department of Defense and the housing providers were supposed to take steps to improve the situation.

    Unfortunately, a 2020 audit by the DoD Office of Inspector General found many issues, including the need for mold remediation, still persist.

    Monetary Awards in Military Housing Toxic Mold Cases

    If the property owner lets toxic mold run wild and continue to cause you harm, talk with our toxic mold attorneys about filing a lawsuit.

    You may receive financial compensation for:

    Service members and their families do not receive different types of damages than civilians. These are civil lawsuits in traditional courts of law.

    Military Housing Mold Toxicity Symptoms

    The Institute of Medicine discovered there was evidence connecting exposure to indoor mold with:

    • Upper respiratory tract symptoms;
    • Coughing;
    • Wheezing;
    • Asthma symptoms in individuals with asthma; and
    • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals with weak immune systems.

    There is also limited evidence that mold causes respiratory illnesses in healthy children or causes people to develop asthma.

    Understanding Exposure to Toxic Mold in Military Housing

    The topic of toxic mold is complicated. This Is in part because the term “toxic mold” isn’t accurate. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains mold isn’t toxic or poisonous. However, some molds are toxigenic, which means they produce toxins called mycotoxins.

    Mold is common in military housing because it’ll grow anywhere there’s moisture. That includes on and inside walls, carpet, upholstery, wallpaper, and heating and air conditioning systems. This is especially pronounced in humid conditions such as those present in Virginia.

    Some people have no difficulties around mold, even large infestations in their homes. Other individuals are sensitive to molds, including those that produce mycotoxins. Someone can have a severe reaction when exposed to a large amount of mold indoors.

    People may be more likely to experience mold toxicity symptoms if they have:

    • Allergies,
    • An underlying lung disease,
    • Immune suppression,
    • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder,
    • Asthma, or
    • Another chronic respiratory disease.

    Common Types of Military Housing Mold

    When you’re trying to learn more from the CDC and other resources, you’ll see the word “fungus” a lot. Mold is a type of fungus, which is something that exists all around us. Fungi are living organisms different from animals, plants, and bacteria. There are over 200,000 types of fungi and over 100,000 types of molds.

    If you discovered mold in your military housing, it could be Cladosporium, Penicillium, Stachybotrys chartarum, Aspergillus, or many other types. Stachybotrys is what everyone knows as black mold. Aspergillus is a common indoor fungus, which releases mycotoxins and can cause illness. Your symptoms may resemble common allergy or asthma symptoms.

    Who is Liable for Military Housing Mold?

    Since 1996, most military housing has come under the management of private companies:

    • Belfour Beatty Communities: Fort Eustis and Fort Story/li>
    • Lincoln Military Housing: Dahlgren, Little Creek, Naval Station Norfolk, Northwest Annex, Oceana, Portsmouth, Quantico, and Yorktown/li>
    • Hunt Military Communities: Fort Lee and Langley AFB

    Outside of Virginia, Lendlease and Corvias Military Living are two more housing providers. Together, these five companies formed the Military Housing Association.

    Military families living in on-base housing must take their complaints to their private management company — not the military. The company is responsible for providing habitable conditions and making repairs, including mold remediation.

    If you’re unsure about your rights, review your state law and local ordinances about mold. In general, it’s the landlord’s responsibility to provide a habitable unit, which means it has to be safe to live in. A unit isn’t safe if it’s causing a tenant health issues due to mold.

    The Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act requires landlords to disclose if there’s mold in the written report of the move-in inspection. If a tenant discovers visible mold in the unit, then the Act requires the landlord to remove the mold and relocate the tenant until it’s gone at no additional cost to the tenant.

    Unfortunately, many families find their housing providers aren’t receptive to complaints. Attorney Stephen M. Smith has handled many mold lawsuits against military housing providers who fail to abide by their lease terms and the law when it comes to mold remediation and other hazards.

    Other Hazards in Military Housing

    Many service members and their families deal with uncomfortable, if not hazardous, conditions in privatized military housing, including:

    Lead Paint: Lead-based paint can cause headaches, nausea, fatigue, irritability, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures, organ damage, and in extreme cases, death.

    Asbestos: Exposure to asbestos harms a person’s lungs, and can lead to lung fibrosis (scarring), lung cancer, and mesothelioma.

    Radon: Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It naturally forms underground, however cracks and gaps in buildings lead to over-exposure indoors.

    Poor Water Quality: Dozens of military sites have water with detectable levels of harmful chemicals.

    Other issues involve rodent or insect infestations, pesticides, and faulty electrical wiring.

    What Happens When a Lot of People Get Sick?

    Sometimes mold exposure impacts a single individual or family. However, when the mold spreads throughout military housing, it can impact hundreds or thousands of people.

    Occasionally, a large enough group of people are injured to allow for a class action or mass tort lawsuit. A class action lawsuit is one where a class representative acts as the plaintiff on behalf of the group of hurt individuals. Not every victim participates in the lawsuit. There are rules about when a group is big and similar enough to create a class action.

    Mass tort lawsuits are different. When there are fewer plaintiffs who have their own set of circumstances, each person files a lawsuit. For efficiency’s sake, one or a couple of law firms may represent most plaintiffs, and the lawsuits are consolidated in a federal court.

    Call the Military Housing Mold Lawyers at Smith Law Center for Help Right Away

    Mold cases come about in a few ways. You or a loved one may start getting sick, and after weeks or months of struggling to find answers, you finally realize your military housing has a mold infestation. In other cases, you struggle with visible mold and then become ill.

    Once you connect the illness with the mold, it’s time to talk with a toxic mold lawyer. Reaching out to an attorney early helps you build a strong compensation claim. We know how to collect evidence, identify who is liable, and craft a successful argument for a settlement or court award.

    Attorney Stephen M. Smith has decades of experience handling injury claims and has been internationally recognized for his work. He has litigated cases involving catastrophic injuries and complex legal and scientific issues. In 2019, he was inducted into the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame.

    You’re in good hands when you come to Smith Law Center for help. Reach out online or call (757) 244-7000 to schedule your 100% free consultation.

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