Construction workers often use welding rods to bind steel and other materials together. However, most construction workers are not aware that using a welding rod may cause harmful disabilities to their bodies.
The fumes from the materials being welded may cause serious and life-threatening illnesses, such as Parkinson's disease, lung cancer, kidney disease, and metal poisoning. Therefore, construction workers should be aware of their right to recovery in the event that they suffer harm resulting from a welding rod.
How Do I Prove My Injury?
Most welding rod injuries can be compensated for under a negligence theory or a product liability theory. In order to win a lawsuit against a general contractor or a product manufacturer, a person injured by a welding rod must prove various elements. These elements include:
- A contractor/manufacturer owed the victim a legal duty of reasonable care to protect the victim from injuries
- The contractor/manufacturer failed in its duty
- The failure of a contractor/manufacturer caused the injury sustained by the victim
- The victim did suffer serious injury
In addition, many welding rod cases involve the expertise of medical personnel who can testify about the nature and cause of injuries sustained by welding rod accidents.
What Types of Damages Are Recoverable?
Construction workers that have been injured as a result of welding rod injuries have received various levels of compensation for their injuries. These include:
- Compensation to make up for the earning capacity that was lost as a result of injury
- Medical expenses, including payments for prescription medication and hospital bills
- Pain and suffering compensation
Should I Consult an Attorney?
A personal injury attorney experienced in construction law or product liability can be extremely helpful in dealing with welding rod injuries. A qualified attorney will have the ability to put together a strong case that indicates the general contractor's liability and fault in not preventing the injuries sustained by a construction worker.