Welding rod fumes contain a number of toxic substances that, over a substantial period of exposure, can cause welder’s disease to individuals of any age. Among the toxins found in welding fumes are Manganese, pesticides and fumes from other industrial metals. Welder’s disease may also be referred to as manganese poisoning, which is nearly identical to (and mistaken for) Parkinson’s disease.
If you or a loved one develops manganese poisoning at work, home or any other location, you may be entitled to a settlement for your injuries and losses. Injured parties can learn more about their legal rights and find out if they have a case by speaking to one of our personal injury lawyers.
Symptoms of Manganese Poisoning
It’s important for everyone who is regularly around welding fumes to understand the symptoms of manganese poisoning so they know when to seek emergency medical attention. Physical symptoms of manganese poisoning may include:
Balancing difficulties (postural instability)
Inability to move spontaneously (akinesia)
Loss of smell (asmonia)
Slowed movement (bradykinesia)
Additionally, manganese poisoning is known to cause the following psychological symptoms:
Impaired ability to interpret social cues
Lack of concentration and/or impulse control
Loss of libido
Memory loss (usually affective procedural memory, rather than memory that stores facts)
Who’s at Risk?
Anyone who is regularly exposed to welding rod fumes (whether or not they are actually performing the welding) has a significantly high risk of developing manganese poisoning. Typically, those who are diagnosed with this condition include:
Iron and metal workers
Such individuals should regularly get checked by their doctor to maintain their health and identify the symptoms of manganese poisoning in their early stages.
For more information about toxic welding rod fumes, contact Gacovino, Lake and Associates today. Our personal injury lawyers are here to help you recover compensation for your losses.