It may seem like science fiction, but the building you work in might be making you sick. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), sick building syndrome is a real problem.
The good news is that you can get workers’ compensation benefits to help you address an illness caused by sick building syndrome and replace income lost as a result. However, many victims of sick building syndrome have found it hard to get their claim approved.
Guidance from a workers’ compensation attorney can help you prove your case or file a successful appeal if you receive a claim denial notice.
What are the symptoms of sick building syndrome?
Symptoms of the syndrome can vary but often include the following.
- Throat, nose or eye irritation
- A dry cough
- Itchy or dry skin
- Trouble concentrating
- Nausea and dizziness
- Sensitivity to certain odors
Many people report feeling much better as soon as they leave the workplace, which also helps indicate that the building is responsible for the symptoms. It is wise to see a doctor about your illness and report that leaving the building improves your condition.
If your doctor can give you a diagnosis that supports sick building syndrome, it may make it easier to acquire workers’ compensation benefits. You can also ask your co-workers if they are suffering from symptoms like yours, which can also improve your odds of filing a successful claim.
A bonus that often comes with filing a workers’ comp claim for sick building syndrome is that it may prompt your employer to have the property inspected for problems that cause the illness.