Welders and those who work with welding equipment are exposed to a range of dangers from their occupations, including burn injuries and electric shock. However, another serious health risk for welders is that posed by the presence of toxic fumes. Manganism, a condition that results from exposure to toxic manganese fumes, is a condition that affects a large number of welders. Because it affects mental functioning and motor skills, manganism may render those affected by it unable to work.
If you have suffered from manganism as a result of your working conditions, you may be entitled to financial assistance in the form of workers’ compensation benefits. Contact the Des Moines workers’ comp lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600 today to discuss your situation with an experienced legal professional.
Symptoms of Manganism
Welding rods contain relatively high levels of manganese, and exposure to fumes from these rods can cause an individual to develop manganism. Common symptoms of this disease include:
- Difficulty walking
- Problems with balance
- Loss of memory
- Slurred speech
- Muscle spasms
- Sleep loss
Manganism typically occurs after prolonged exposure to manganese fumes. While many individuals do not begin to develop noticeable symptoms until they are older than 50, manganism can also affect younger individuals.
If you or someone you know has suffered from the effects of manganism, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., today at 877-327-2600 to discuss your situation with a qualified member of our legal team and learn more about whether you may qualify for benefits.