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Exposure to Welding Fumes

Industrial Exposure

Medical investigations and studies have shown that industrial exposure to welding fumes may be associated with the early onset of Parkinsons disease or Parkinsons-like symptoms of a diseased called Manganism.

Welding rods, electrodes and wires contain substances including manganese, copper, lead and cadmium which can release toxic fumes during welding.

Medical research suggests that long-term exposure to welding fumes may cause Parkinsons-like symptoms including the following:

  • Tremors
  • Rigidity
  • Lack of arm swing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Loss of appetite
  • Apathy, insomnia, feelings of weakness and lethargy
  • Speech disturbances
  • Disorientation, loss of memory, impairment of judgment
  • Anxiety, hallucinations, illusions, delusions
  • Abnormal gait, loss of the ability to control muscular movement, loss of balance
  • Speech disturbances
  • Disorientation, loss of memory, impairment of judgment
  • Anxiety, hallucinations, illusions, delusions
  • Abnormal gait, loss of the ability to control muscular movement, loss of balance

Exposed in the Workplace

Individuals who were exposed in the workplace or elsewhere to welding rod fumes and who have such symptoms may have legal claims against the manufacturers of welding rods, electrodes, and wires.

Wallace & Graham is currently investigating potential claims for damages caused by exposure to welding rod fumes. This exposure may occur during the following work activities:

  • Steel-alloy welding
  • Steel melting activities gas metal arc or metal inert gas (MIG) welding
  • Gas metal arc or metal inert gas (MIG) welding
  • Gas tungsten arc or tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding
  • Flux cored arc welding
  • Shielded metal arc welding
  • Brazing, thermal cutting, metal pouring or gauging

Potential Claims

Individuals with potential claims include people who have performed welding-related activities, or worked for extended periods of time in areas where such activities were conducted, and who were exposed to fumes.

The law firm of Wallace & Graham proudly features some of the more accomplished work injury attorneys that North Carolina is home to. Over the years, they have helped thousands of individuals obtain sizeable settlements or jury awards in chemical exposure, toxic exposure, slip-and-fall and auto accident cases. In addition, the attorneys of Wallace & Graham are regarded as some of the foremost North Carolina lawyers for defective medical device claims.

If you or your loved one has been exposed to welding fumes on the job, call 800.849.5291 or email us for a free consultation with one of our skilled work injury lawyers.