Manganism in Welders
Welding equipment, specifically the welding rods used during the welding process, contain significant amounts of manganese which becomes airborne in dust and fumes when used in welding operations. The presence of these fumes is not immediately harmful when managed properly, but long-term exposure to this trace element not normally found in the human body can result in a serious medical condition known as manganism.
If you have developed manganism in the course of your employment due to work related activities, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that will help to address related medical expenses and the loss of income associated with your condition. To learn more about obtaining the benefits you deserve, contact the Fayetteville workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600.
Symptoms of Manganism
If your work involves welding or working in close proximity to welders, and you are regularly exposed to the fumes and dust created by the use of welding rods, manganism is a condition that you must remain alert to detect. The following are symptoms of manganese poisoning:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Memory loss
- Balance problems
- Difficulty walking
- Speech problems
The costs associated with treating manganism symptoms can be significant, and it is important to gain access to workers compensation benefits timely.
The process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits is often complicated, and even qualified applicants sometimes have their claims rejected. Working closely with an attorney can help to lessen the likelihood of such an outcome. Contact a Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyer of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, by calling 910-488-1600 today if you are a welder who has been diagnosed with manganism.