I have just tested positive for trichothecenes mycotoxins from the same type of mold they have found in the workplace. How do I make sure that I get proper medical treatment there are not qualified experts in Alaska and make sure I do not have to work in the building anymore?
State/Country relating to question: Alaska
I have filed for Worker's Comp and they have paid for my time off work and some not all medical bills but I have not heard anything from them since I gave them a copy of the test.
If this mold came from the workplace, you need to contact OSHA who will come in and inspect and make the employer remediate the mold. Also, you need to submit a request for reasonable accommodation for them to put you in a place that is away from the mold if possible. However, if this is the only building they have then they do not have to move you and you have to either work there or lose your employment (and this is why reporting to OSHA is so important as an employer has a duty to provide a safe workplace). Getting proper medical care is the duty of workers compensation to provide you and you have the right to seek qualified medical experts on this and if there are none locally you can insist your workers compensation insurer find you one and get you to them and if they refuse, then you have to file a suit in the workers compensation court with an attorney to get them ordered to do so.
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OSHA is in the same building, and have known about the mold issue for years, but they say they are unable to help because we are a state agency. In fact there have be muliple issues brought forth from the people in the building for the past 5+ years. My test is the first positive test from a person not the mold itself though others are now getting tested. I had an bad allergic reaction that almost sent me to the emergency room because I could not breath. I now have an epi pen incase I have another reaction.
I am sorry, if OSHA cannot intervene and your state environmental quality office cannot intervene, then I am afraid your only recourse is through workers compensation and seeking a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. But legally, because you are an employee and it is a state building, I am afraid these are your only options.
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