ot: I'm in a pickle and need some advice

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by kat211, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. kat211

    kat211 New Member

    I apologize for being off topic. I don't have anyone else to go to and I need some help.

    I am currently being tested for everything under the sun b/c I have new symptoms everyday. I am beginning to become scared that I have been effected by the mold in the sealed off portion of my house. My fibro is much better with the new meds I am on, but I think I am slowly headed for a flare b/c of a giant load of stress that is just unraveling.

    I am suing the people I purchased the house from for fraud b/c they new about it and covered it up. I am going to mediation on Thursday for it. I just received a very large bill from the atty. I don't have anyone to help me. I am scared. I don't know what to do. If I get the amount of money that it will take to repair the house and house myself, son and pets during the repair, do I do it? So I put that work and effort into this house and I will never be able to sell or even rent it with a history of mold and it loses value. If I don't get enough to cover everything, what do I do? Do I walk away and try to make a new life for my family somewhere else? And, there is always the possibility that I don't get anything. Then what do I do? I won't be able to pay the atty or anything.

    I don't have anyone to support me here. I don't even have anyone I can call and talk this out with. I knwo I will get through this, I have no choice but to make it. I just don't know how damaged I be on the other end. Going through medical issues alone is hard enough, as many of you know. But, going through it, the lawsuit, and everything else while trying remain strong and figure out what is best for my little family is just overwhelming. There is nothing I can put off. I have to deal with all of this now. I just don't know what to do and I don't want to decide on Thursday out of pressure.
  2. rocky76

    rocky76 Member

    Shouldn't they be liable for not disclosing this problem also...

    This has become a real problem in Real Estate but there are also

    strick disclosure laws....

    I went thru the mold problem in our house....

    Its not a pleasant situation that your in...

    We were lucky that we had insurance...

    We built a new mold and carpet free house....

    Did you hire your Attorney under the contingency rules..

    You only pay if you win...

    Also if you loose ...you can file Bankruptcy on Attorney fees...
  3. kat0465

    kat0465 New Member

    I sure feel for you, i have also been sold a Lemon! the lady we bought from said thier was a SMALL leak in the wall of the house and they had to replace part of a wall, and the bathroom floor.

    Well, she Lied. about 6 months after we moved in our floors started rotting thru, we called Ins and they said it was mold related and they dont pay for Mold :(

    then when we started ripping the vinyl off the floor, we saw where they had cut almost all of the top layer of floor out of the whole house! but left the subfloor( wet im asuming) and went over it.i think the water heater Busted while they were gone, and it flooded the whole dang house!

    At least you have an Attorney, and your getting the ball rolling on that. i say go for it and make them pay for what they have done! Including making you sicker with the Mold exposure.
    i say if you have faith in your Attorney,you might as well try & fix what you have.

    i would imagine if they give you enough to get rid of the mold and repair everything, you will have certificates saying the Mold is gone. then you wont have a Prob selling in the future if you ever need to.

    are you living in the house still? we are, and i think it's played a big part in me not being able to recover even a little of what i had before. we found the mold right after i had major surgery( hysterectomy) and i have never bounced back :(

    if you can't move out till the work is done, DOnt step foot in the mold part! unless you are covered from head to toe.

    I hate sueing anyone, but those people deserve it, i hope your attorney is getting you some financial help for your health being compromised also! write all the pros and cons of staying or leaving, if i have things on paper in front of me i can keep track better.

    also, will the atty wait to be paid when you get your settlement? that would probably help a lot! or maybe get an extension until you figure out what is best for you.

    i know it's not much help, but i sure know how you feel. :( im sorry this has happened to you, and will be Praying you get the help you need.
  4. Slayadragon

    Slayadragon New Member

    This is not off topic. Mold exposures are very frequent amongst CFS patients, and figuring out what to do about them is really important.

    For people who already are sick with CFS, sealing up a really moldy part of the house isn't enough. The contamination will have affected everything in the whole residence.

    This is going to sound drastic, but I suggest that you and your family members (and pets) walk out of the house with just the clothes on your back and not return. Then ditch the clothes that you're wearing in favor of new ones and re-start your life away from the bad stuff. Otherwise you'll never be free of it.

    It would be great if you can get money from the house, to compensate for your losses. This is hard though. Personally, I'd only let a lawyer do it if s/he only got paid if I won something.

    Regardless of what kind of money I got, I still would sell the house to someone who can remediate it themselves rather than try to remediate it myself. Someone else can remediate it to the point where it won't make other people sick. It's unlikely that it will be able to be remediated to the point that it won't KEEP you sick, and you shouldn't be part of the process anyway.

    You need to be in somewhere super-safe so that your body can heal.

    With regard to your lawsuit and specific instructions, I suggest that you might look up a Yahoo group called SickBuildings. There are a lot of people there who have been through this and can give you good suggestions.

    Good luck to you.

    Best, Lisa
  5. kat211

    kat211 New Member

    This situation has been playing in my head on an endless loop. I managed to get my overdo school work done yesterday, but I can't push any of this out of my head.

    I get my labs back today, so that might put more information in my arsenal. I'm going to make appts today with the various specialists my PCP recommended on Monday. I also have to work on printing and labeling all of the pics for the mediation tomorrow. I am also going to email my fibro dr with an update and see what she has to say. She doesn't think I have CFS, but I trust her and want her to have all of the information possible.

    The next few days are going to be hard, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

    I'm going to look into either selling my home in a short sale or to an investor. Both are far shots b/c the time it takes to do them. I don't want to live in this house in the condition it is in.

    I have also thought about, if the mediation goes well, just knocking down the addition where the mold is and having the rest of the house hepa vacced and cleaned by a mold mediation company. Either way, I am going to have to get an appraisal of the property done and try to get a loan modification.

    I am also writing an email to all of the local consumer advocates. My attorney has told me not to until I get what I want, but I don't see the harm in fishing for an outlet that wants the story of these fraudulant flippers. I also believe I can use it as a bargining chip in the mediation tomorrow or, at the very least, scare them with it.

    I am also going to have to petition the real estate commision to revoke the licenses of the agents involved. My atty said he will help me write the letter, but he cannot do it for me.

    I have so much fighting to do with my health and this house that I'm not sure how I am going to do it on my own.

    Geez, how do we do this every day? As if getting out of bed isn't hard enough.

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