Mold in the workplace happens all the time, just like in your home; but sometimes it can grow to dangerous proportions and put employees at risk of dangerous side effects, including:
- respiratory illness
- allergic reactions
Some studies have connected mold exposure to even more serious symptoms.
Until recently, mold in the workplace has not been covered by workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp insurance companies would claim employees had the same risks of mold in certain work environments as they would in other similar work environments. Since the risks weren’t any higher, according to the insurance company, damage shouldn’t be covered as a work-related injury.
But then in 2010, an auto dealership in North Carolina became the focal point for a workers’ comp case over black mold. For the first time in the United States, a court ruled that the massive buildup of mold in the workplace did in fact cause an employee’s injuries.
The case opened up mold to workers’ comp coverage. Although it’s not always a sure thing, it is indeed possible to recover workers’ comp for mold-related injuries in the workplace. When accepting workers’ compensation for a significant injury, consider consulting a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer Memphis, TN workers trust to learn about how you can maximize the benefits you’re eligible for.
With something like on-the-job injuries from mold, the case can get complicated. A good worker’s compensation lawyer will help you understand the system and fight for your benefits.
Contact us today to get started. The conversation is free.