Toxic mold can be present anywhere – at home, at school, in day cares, at work. Molds are a fact of life. We breathe them in every day. Most of these molds we are exposed to are benign, but some can cause serious health problems.
The first symptoms of mold exposure may seem like something else – allergies, perhaps. You might cough or wheeze. You might have watery eyes, or maybe your skin starts to itch. Your nose could start to run. But long-term exposure can lead to worse outcomes.
As an employee, spending long periods of time around mold can lead to detrimental effects. And if you do suffer illnesses resulting from mold in the workplace, it is possible to bring legal action against your employer. But for your claim to lead to damages for your mold exposure, you must be able to provide solid evidence of a link between your place of employment and your symptoms of exposure.
Famous Examples of Toxic Mold Lawsuits
- Broward County Courthouse, Florida (2013) – A former prosecutor claimed that mold at the courthouse caused her to suffer severe sinus problems. She received a settlement of $166,500 from the county and her lawsuit led to 19 more.
- Baxter Healthcare Corp., North Carolina (2017) – Baxter International paid a $2.158 million civil settlement after ignoring an employee’s warning that mold exposure was putting sterile IV solutions at risk of contamination.
- Crenshaw Lumber Co., California (2005) – The lumber company was improperly storing lumber, leading to mold. The molded wood was then sold to the Gorman family, who used it to build their home. Mold exposure caused permanent brain damage to their young son, who now requires 24-hour care. The family received a $13 million settlement.
You can receive damages for toxic mold exposure under workers’ comp and, in certain circumstances, through a third-party claim. Speak to an attorney to discuss your options.