What Happens When Your Workplace Has Mold?
According to the Tampa Bay Times, employees of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System are being moved out of their building after an indoor air quality report indicated that the building contained heightened levels of mold. The two types of mold identified in the October investigation, aspergillus and penicillium, are both known to cause health problems in people with compromised immune systems. Despite several employees reportedly experiencing health problems, it supposedly took months for the employer to even conduct testing for the mold, let alone begin to rectify the problem.
You might assume that you can file a claim for workers’ compensation if you are at work and you fall off a roof or slip and fall as a result of your employer’s’ negligence. But what happens when your place of employment has mold and if affects your health? Did you know that you can still receive workers’ compensation benefits?
What Are Signs That I Might Be Exposed to Mold in My Workplace?
Your workplace has a lot of moisture. Keep an eye out for leaky pipes, flooding, and water that pools after heavy rain. These conditions are ideal for the growth of mold.
You know your workplace has had a problem with mold in the past. This knowledge can be firsthand or can be communicated to you by other coworkers who have gotten sick as a result of the mold.
You work in an occupation that exposes you to mold. Mold exposure can be especially high if you work in farming, baking, millwork, logging, carpentry, or furniture repair.
What Should I Do if I Suspect My Workplace Has Mold?
Tell your employer. Your employer cannot begin to rectify the issue until he or she is put on notice. If your employer chooses not to rectify the problem, you may need the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help you recover if your health has been affected.
What Are the Potential Health Effects of Mold?
According to the Center for Disease Control, there are several potential implications of mold.
The mildest symptoms can include:
- Itchy eyes or skin
- Stuffy nose
Workers who are exposed to mold on an ongoing basis in an occupational setting can experience more serious symptoms such as:
- Shortness of breath
Those with compromised immune systems and those exposed for extended periods of time can experience the most severe symptoms such as:
- Mold infections
- The development of asthma
Is it Really Possible to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim for Damage from Mold?
Absolutely. If you have been injured, you have every right to file a claim for workers’ compensation under Florida law. This includes injuries that result from mold in your workplace.
Have You Noticed Changes in Your Health After Mold Appeared at Work? Contact Us Today.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of the mold at your workplace, we can advocate for you and ensure you recover the compensation you are entitled to while you focus on recovery. The Miami workers’ compensation attorneys at Payer & Associates have significant experience helping people like you. Begin by contacting us today to schedule a free consultation.