The presence of mold in an indoor environment can have very serious health effects on occupants. Some people are more sensitive to mold than others, and some locations are more likely to contain mold than others. It is up to the property owner or manager to regularly inspect and remove mold from their location.
For those with severe mold allergies, mold can lead to major health complications. If you have suffered serious mold injuries or illnesses, the mold injury attorneys at Ronald M. Scherban can help you seek compensation for the damages you have suffered.
Health Effects of Mold
The impact of indoor mold can range from mild symptoms to very serious complications. Symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Nasal stuffiness
- Skin irritation
- Shortness of Breath
- Chronic Lung Illness
- Upper Respiratory Tract Symptoms.
Common Indoor Environments For Mold
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists a few areas that have high exposure to mold. These locations include:
- Antique shops
- Construction areas
- Flower shops
- Summer cottages.
Mold in the Workplace
While homeowners can take their own initiative to remove mold from their homes, workers have very little control over their exposure to mold. If they have severe mold allergies, or if the mold levels become toxic, these workers might suffer serious and debilitating injury and illness due to the presence of mold in the workplace.
Other Areas of Concern For Mold
Mold can also be a concern for schools, apartment buildings and rental homes. Since studies suggest that mold can have detrimental effects on the development of children, parents are understandably concerned about the presence of mold in these locations. If you believe that any of these locations are host to mold, you should seek medical attention and alert your school board, landlord or local health department.
Tips For Reducing Mold Exposure
The following tips from the CDC can be used by home or property owners to help eliminate the presence of mold on their properties:
- Keep humidity levels as low as possible.
- During humid months, use both dehumidifiers and air conditioners.
- Make sure that the property has proper ventilation.
- Don’t put carpet in damp areas of the property, such as bathrooms or basements.
- Use mold inhibitors with paints.
- Use mold-killing products to clean bathrooms.
- Remove any carpets, upholstery or furniture that has been soaked with water.
If you have suffered injury or illness because of mold in your workplace, residence or school, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. It is up to property owners to make sure that their properties don’t have high levels of mold, and if they have not taken proper action to remove that mold, they can be held financially responsible for the damages suffered by occupants.