Welding Rod Defects


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The job of a welder is a difficult one. As part of their duties, a welder is constantly exposed to hazardous materials and fumes. Welders working at auto body shops, factories, welding shops, steel factories, and constructions sites are at great risk for developing a series of neurological and respiratory diseases and ailments. Many welding rods are made of substances that release toxic fumes once exposed to extreme heat. While some risks are known to welders, the degree of risk associated with the exposure to manganese, for instance, was often not fully acknowledged by welding rod manufacturers to those within the occupation. As a result, many welders have developed a greatly debilitating disease known as manganism which has left most of them without the ability to continue their careers or carry on a normal life.

Have you or someone you know been the victim of a welding defect? An experienced attorney can help you with your welding rod injury claims. Contact a Product Liability Lawyer about your welding rod injury claims today!

The development of manganism (sometimes known as welder’s disease) is the subject of several welding rod injury claims. Some symptoms of manganism include:

  • Tremors
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Male sterility
  • Loss of balance
  • Slurred speech
  • Stiffness and pain in the hands

Lengthy occupational exposure to manganese fumes has long been believed to lead to the development of a serious neurological disorder, which shares similar symptoms to Parkinson’s disease, and affected many workers within the welding industry. Even so, the welding industry continued to downplay scientific results that supported a link between manganese exposure and the onset of this serious neurological disease. Welders have been at odds with the industry regarding this subject for years. In 2006, many of the almost 10,000 welders who suffer from this welding defect have been vindicated when lawyers representing those with welding rod injury claims found a major discrepancy within the data found in a report that corporate defendants have been using to defend their case and deny their role in these welding injuries.

Companies such as the Lincoln Electric Company, General Electric, and Westinghouse, along with other defendants in the welding industry, have made their case using a study they claimed showed no statistical link between manganese and the disorder that has come to be known as Welder’s Disease. However, lawyers have now found that this report had blended data which did not include only welders, but also incorporated fabricators. This tainted the data pool being that fabricators are not exposed to manganese. In fact, the report showed that welders were almost 10 times more likely to make a claim regarding Parkinson’s like symptoms than were the fabricators in the study. So, not only was the study misleading, upon further study, actually tended to support the welders’ claims. If you have been the victim of such deception and have suffered a similar injury due to exposure welding rod fumes, an experienced lawyer can help you attain the justice that you deserve.

Have you or someone you know been the victim of a welding defect? An experienced attorney can help you with your welding rod injury claims. Contact a Product Liability Lawyer about your welding rod injury claims today!

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