Most employees spend a significant amount of time in the workplace. If the workplace is an unhealthy environment, that could lead to serious health issues for employees. One of the more common environmental hazards that can occur in the workplace is mold. There are hundreds of species of mold found in the U.S. that aren't harmful. However, there are bad types of mold that can cause significant, permanent health problems. Mold exposure can affect some individuals more than others.
Mold is found in buildings with moisture issues. If a building has dampness, high humidity, or water damage in one part of the building, mold spores can spread to other parts of the building, and can contaminate the air. The worst types of areas for mold are basements, ground floors, closets and bathrooms. Older school buildings are known to be a breeding ground for mold. However, any type of building can have toxic mold.
Exposure to large quantities of certain types of mold can cause serious health problems. Symptoms of mold exposure are varied, but can include runny nose, coughing, sinus issues, pneumonia, bronchitis, allergy issues, asthma, eye problems, skin problems, neurological problems, digestive problems, and problems with the musculoskeletal system.
If you believe that you have been injured as a result of toxic mold at work, your company and other parties may be held legally liable for your damages. You may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, time off from work, emotional distress, and more. Call the Houston toxic mold attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 888-894-0119 to learn more about your legal options.