Welding is an important yet dangerous job. In addition to the risks of handling open flames and hot materials, workers face a serious risk of fume inhalation. Welding fumes can be extremely hazardous to your health. How hazardous all depends on the type of welding that you do and the precautions that you take. The content of welding rods, metals, coatings, and base materials will also impact how hazardous your exposure is. For instance, exposure from welding rods containing high levels of manganese can lead to a variety of psychiatric and motor disturbances, termed manganism. Other harmful exposures associated with welding include iron oxide, lead, cadimium, and asbestos. Welding exposure to fumes containing these substances can cause lung disease, emphysema, kidney failure, and cancer. If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered a harmful exposure to welding fumes or are suffering from a welding fume related illness, please contact the Falcon Law Firm at 504-341-1234. Our toxic tort attorneys will thoroughly investigate your claim and seek the just compensation you and your family deserve. You may also contact us online or visit us at our office located at 5044 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, LA.