Welding rods themselves contain toxic chemicals, and when ignited, these chemicals spread through the environment and can cause great harm. Older paint-covered metal surfaces are especially hazardous to deal with, and exposure to any of these toxic fumes can cause long-term illness and death.
Manganese is a metal used in the fabrication of steel. Diseases such as lung cancer, manganese-induced Parkinson’s disease, kidney disease, and acute metal poisoning are all associated with the fumes produced by welding rods and manganese. In addition, nerve disorders such as tremor and decreased motor skill function can also occur.
What Types of Claims May Be Brought for Welding Rod Injuries?
An attorney will generally pursue a welding rod injury case under the following principles:
Legal claims may be brought by the welder, or the welder’s family if the welder has died. People who were in the vicinity of welding rod fumes who have been adversely affected may also file a claim. In addition, class action lawsuits involve a number of individuals who believe they have been exposed to similar harm, and are seeking remedies.
What Kind of Information Do I Need to Support my Claim(s)?
To support your claim for a welding rod injury, you must be sure to document whatever injury/injuries and damages you suffered because of the welding rod. Depending on the nature of the accident, like if you were at work, you’ll need to get any official documentation from your workplace about the injury.
If the injury was due to welding rod fumes, then any information about the metals used or lab reports about the toxicity in the welder’s system will help the case succeed. The more the injury is documented, either through reports, photographs, or lab results then the more evidence the plaintiff has to support their case.
What Kind of Damages May Be Recovered for Welding Rod Injuries?
If the class action lawsuit is successful, plaintiffs may be awarded damages such as:
- Medical care costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning potential
- Emotional pain
- Pain and suffering
The spouse of an individual who was injured by a welding rod may also be entitled to damages for loss of consortium.
How Can a Lawyer Help?
Welding rod class actions can be large and complex, dealing with many different individuals, medical issues, and injuries. If you or a family member have suffered a welding rod injury, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you build your case, and represent you in court.