Welding Rod Injuries
Product Liability Attorney
A welding rod is used to join or fuse two metal objects together. This is commonly used in workplaces, but what is not commonly known is the potential dangers it can bring. As the metal is heated, the fumes that are emitted can be toxic and have serious effects on users' health. Chemicals like manganese, nickel, iron, aluminum, chromium, and cadmium have been shown to cause serious health-problems for those who have been exposed to them. However, out of these dangerous chemicals, manganese poisoning is the most common.
Although a small amount of manganese is essential, the welding process can lead to too much exposure. It can lead to kidney, liver, and nervous system damage and can also lead to Parkinson's disease, which effects the motor system. Signs of manganese poisoning (or welder's disease) include: slurred speech, lack of balance, trouble with moving, and dementia. Although they can be treated, there is no cure for these diseases and they become progressively worse over time.
Choose a product liability lawyer if you were injured!
Have you or a family member been injured because of using a welding rod? If there were inadequate warning labels on the tool regarding the dangers, you could be entitled to compensation. The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has limited the amount of manganese exposure to 5 milligrams per cubic meter during a day. If your workplace failed to keep this standard, talk to a
product liability lawyer as soon as possible. Due to the irreversible health-effects, it is crucial that you get the help you need. If you have lost a loved one due to Parkinson's disease or another disease that was the result of using a welding rod, you could receive damages for medical care, funeral costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
To learn more or receive a free consultation, contact a product liability lawyer from Arnold & Itkin LLP today!