You may not realize it, but many personal injury claims involve environmental law issues. A huge number of preventable injuries and illnesses are the result of improperly regulated and/or labeled environmental contaminants, and California residents are unknowingly subject to serious and potentially fatal environmental hazards every year. Mold is an exceedingly common and overlooked problem in private homes and commercial buildings across the state, and is known to cause many serious health issues in those who are exposed to it.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discusses the nature and severity of mold exposure in schools and commercial buildings, and explains that mold can pose a major health risk to anyone who comes in contact with it. All that is necessary for mold to grow and spread is oxygen and moisture. Mold can thrive in anything from wall insulation to carpet to food, and is especially common in buildings with poor ventilation and/or outdated building components.
The EPA explains that every single type of mold that exists has the potential to cause health issues. Some types of mold produce powerful irritants and/or toxins, while others produce allergens that can be linked to serious allergic reactions and even asthma attacks. One of the most dangerous aspects of mold exposure is that mold spores can be difficult to detect. Individuals often do not realize they are coming into contact with harmful mold spores unless or until they exhibit medical symptoms. Beyond that, adverse health issues resulting from mold exposure are particularly prevalent in individuals with respiratory problems and/or allergies.
Given that mold-related issues are increasingly common in temporary structures such as portable classrooms and other buildings, many workplace injuries and illnesses are linked to mold exposure. Children are also especially vulnerable to dangerous health conditions resulting from mold contaminants. Contact the Law Offices of William C. Bibb today to learn more about issues like mold exposure and other environmental law topics.