Toxic Mold and Workers’ Compensation in Florida
When you think of workers’ compensation, you probably imagine direct injury or trauma from an accident at the workplace. While this is certainly the circumstance for many workers’ compensation cases, the reality is that employers must also work to maintain a safe work environment as well. Failure or negligence to do so could result in a toxic environment that harms the health and well being of employees.
Just as employers can be held responsible for asbestos exposure, there’s been an increase in toxic mold claims in Florida. While most cases of mold are mild, “toxic” or “black mold” can create an extremely hazardous environment. This mold, though quite rare, is toxigenic and must be handled seriously.
Mold requires moisture to grow. Whether it stems from a plumbing problem or the moist conditions created by Florida weather, the reality is that toxic mold can grow anywhere in the Sunshine State.
Broward County Florida Courthouse at Center of Toxic Mold Case
One of the most recent workers’ compensation cases concerning toxic mold in Florida was at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Nineteen past and present employees filed lawsuits against the courthouse, claiming that toxic substances within the structure were responsible for their illnesses. More specifically, they claimed that the courthouse was “totally neglected” and contaminated with toxic mold and asbestos. With a 50-year-old building and lack of maintenance, the case could stand some credibility.
Water damage from hurricanes in 2005 is believed to have created conditioned in the courthouse favorable for mold. Because exposure to toxic mold doesn’t necessarily yield immediate results, many workers and guests of a building contaminated with mold don’t necessarily realize it until it’s too late and the illness is far reaching and devastating.
Toxic Mold Case at Sebastian, FL, Police Station
Another prominent toxic mold case occurred in 2004, when 21 employees of the Sebastian, FL, police station filed claims stating that they had become sick from mold at the station. The end result? Fifteen of the cases were settled for a small amount and six were included in a major lump sum settlement.
Have you been exposed to toxic mold?
The reality is that exposure to toxic mold is extremely dangerous and should not be taken lightly. If you believe that your employer has been negligent about the maintenance of your facility and that you are suffering from exposure to toxic mold, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact The Hoffman Firm today!
Evan A. Hoffman
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