Toxic mold exposure can lead to a wide range of health problems.
There are work-related injuries and illnesses that do not result from accidents but from exposure to toxic materials at work or from repetitive motion. Some of these injuries can have life changing consequences. For example, toxic mold exposure can lead to a wide range of health problems ranging from minor respiratory distress to serious neurological problems.
Toxic Mold Exposure at the Workplace
Ensuring the safety and well-being of workers in the workplace is the responsibility of every employer. Employers are responsible for providing proper safety equipment and training and ensuring that the facility is free from all types of harmful substances including mold. Mold can easily flourish in a work environment that has high humidity levels or where water damage has occurred in the past. If a facility is not designed or constructed properly, it can create conditions that are ideal for the growth of mold. However, mold is harmful to workers as the spores can contaminate the air and workers inhale those spores. Causes of water or moisture in a workplace include:
- lack of proper and timely building maintenance
- using wet building materials
- regular or even one-time flooding
- poor building design or construction
- leaky windows, doors, and pipes
- simple plumbing mistakes
- improper design and maintenance of landscaping outside the premises, causing the water to flow toward the building
- excessive humidity and condensation
Consequences of Toxic Mold Exposure
It is important to address all water-related problems promptly before it causes health concerns such as mold growth. Mold exposure can lead to a variety of health problems. In some cases, it may just cause minor hay fever or allergy-like sickness. Exposure to mold can cause more serious health problems that cause extensive damage to the respiratory system and the immune system. If you have developed an illness as a result of toxic mold exposure in the workplace, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. (Learn more about Chicago workers’ compensation claims process.)
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Toxic mold exposure is unlike a regular workplace injury such as a broken bone or burn injury. It may take effort to prove that the exposure has been detrimental to your health. In doing so, you will need help from a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer to determine whether or not your injury is compensable. For a free consultation, call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.