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Does Toxic Mold Exposure Qualify Me for Workers’ Comp?
Not all workplace health risks involve broken bones or torn muscles. Sometimes the conditions of your workplace can lead to other serious health problems, some that have life-altering consequences. Toxic mold exposure, for example, can lead to a wide range of issues ranging from respiratory distress to neurological problems. So if you are suffering from a health issue that was the result of toxic mold exposure, could you qualify for workers’ compensation? Read on to find out.
It is the responsibility of your employer to maintain a safe working environment. This extends to more than providing proper training and safety equipment; it also means ensuring the facility is clear of mold or other harmful substances. Mold can grow easily in a workplace environment that has a consistently high humidty level or that has suffered from water damage in the past. If a facility was not constructed properly, this too can lead to conditions that are ideal for mold growth. But mold growth is not ideal for workers; the spores can contaminate the air and are then inhaled by workers unknowingly.
Mold exposure has been linked with various health problems. Some simply manifest as a hay fever or allergy-like illness, while others are far more serious and can cause significant damage to both your respiratory system, your immune system, and even your brain functionality in some extreme cases. If toxic mold exposure in the workplace has left you suffering from one of these conditions, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.
Pursuing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
In order to determine whether or not your case is compensable, it is important to discuss the specifics with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney. Toxic mold exposure, unlike a broken limb, may involve different steps in order to prove it has occured and that it has been detrimental to your health, so be sure to ask your workers’ comp attorney for more information before filing your claim. In order for toxic mold exposure to be covered by workers’ compensation, it is imperative that you prove the exposure occured at work.
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