Toxic Mold Lawsuit Results in $4.3 Million Jury Award

Plaintiffs claimed that their home and health was damaged by toxic mold Teresa Perrini and Theresa Koziell were recently awarded $4.3 million by a jury as the outcome of their civil lawsuit against Madison Township, Pennsylvania, and building supply company Hanson Aggregates.

The two women moved into a house in the area in 1996 and began renovating it, but claimed in their toxic substance lawsuit that a nearby road project conducted by the township in 2002 caused water to drain onto their property, which led to the development of mold growths in their home that were both toxic and damaging to the property's structure, according to the Scranton Times Tribune.

According to the lawsuit, the mold problem caused their garden to die, their driveway to crack and their septic system to fail. 

The women moved out of the house when they learned that one of the types of mold infesting their home was stachybotrys, a toxigenic mold, according to the news provider. 

The defendants acknowledged the mold and the water problem that caused the mold's growth, but claimed that water had drained onto the plaintiffs' property because the house was 11 feet below the road.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2004 study by the Institute of Medicine found evidence for a link between indoor mold exposure and upper respiratory tract symptoms, coughing and wheezing in otherwise healthy individuals.