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Welding Injury Lawsuits

Welding is also one of the most dangerous occupations because of the likelihood of workplace injury from burns, toxic fumes and electricity. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), welding, cutting, and brazing pose safety and health risks to over 500,000 American workers in a wide variety of industries.

Each year, several deaths from welding and cutting incidents are reported, including deaths related to explosions, electrocutions, asphyxiation, and fall injuries. The occurrence of eye-related traumas leads all occupational injuries in the American workplace, many of which are due to welding accidents. Other than eye injuries, the health hazards associated with welding accidents include burns, brain damage and respiratory illnesses like pulmonary fibrosis from exposure to fumes, gases and ionizing radiation.

Recent studies have shown that toxic chemicals released from welding rods put welders at risk for serious conditions like manganism, or Welders’ Parkinson’s disease.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Occupational Negligence Attorney and catastrophic injury lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of civil litigation claims. 

Industries with Most Welding Accidents & Injuries

  • Construction
  • Oil & Gas—Fracking and operations
  • Mining
  • Shipbuilding
  • Railways

Common Welding Injuries

  • Electric Shock: this is one of the most common welding accidents welders face, typically caused when two metal parts that have a voltage touch, or by secondary voltage shock where a welder touches part of the welding or electrical circuit while his body touches a part of the metal he is welding.
  • Hearing loss: Welders can be exposed to excessive noise—above 85 decibels on average throughout a workday without proper ear protection can result in permanent hearing loss.
  • Respiratory Illness: Due to a likely exposure to toxic metal welding fumes and gases, including harmful metal oxide compounds, base metals, base coatings, beryllium, and manganese, toxins may accumulate in the lungs and lead to a range of adverse effects and long-term conditions like pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Chemical, Electrical & Contact Burns: Because of the high heat of a welding arc and the hazardous fumes, gases, and chemicals welders work with, they face a serious risk of being injured in a fire or explosion. Welders are exposed to extremely hot materials.
  • Optical hazardsEye injuries make up around a quarter of all welding injuries, and can be serious permanent injuries that result from welding sparks, chemical vapors, and “arc eye,” ultraviolet and infrared radiation from the welding electrical arc. “Welder’s flash,” a burn to the eyes accounts for a great deal of construction eye injuries. Arc radiation can penetrate the retina and cause permanent retinal damage, including cataracts, diminished vision, and higher sensitivity to light.
  • Manganism (Welders’ Parkinson’s Disease): the manganese in welding rods can destroy brain cells and cause nerve damage. Welding releases toxic manganese molecules which can be inhaled and deeply affect the nervous system. Exposure to manganese may reduce dopamine levels—dopamine being neurotransmitter responsible for normal motor function. Patients with manganism exhibit problems with balance, stiffness, and a difficulty moving face muscles. Welders can experience short-term memory loss, slurred speech, sleep disorders, and impaired judgment.

Welding Safety & Accident Prevention

In any welding situation, it is a manager’s responsibility to explain workplace hazards to welders and to make sure that at least the minimum safety standards and OSHA welding regulations are met to prevent welding accidents and injuries. Secondary injures often occur as lightheadedness due to inhalation of fumes leads to a risk of falling, and other injuries are linked to excessive fatigue because of overworking.

Common risk factors of welding accidents include poor work conditions and practices, welding in confined spaces, long exposure periods, dangerous types of welding, and appropriate use of personal protective equipment. Welders are usually required to wear welding helmets and shields, safety goggles and protective clothing to guard against optical radiation to the eyes and skin.

Workplace Ventilation Risks and respiratory masks are required to protect welders from harmful fumes produced during the process. Radiation, however, may be reflected into welding helmets and penetrate from the tops and the sides, causing exposure even when preventive measures are taken.


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Why are these cases important?

Serious injuries and accidents often result through no fault of the injured party, yet the injured victim suffers from life altering physical, mental and financial losses. Such economic and human losses can have devastating financial consequences on individuals and families if not properly compensated. Tort law allows those individuals to seek just legal recourse through personal injury lawsuits.


Questions about Industrial Accident Cases

What are the types of Industrial Accident Cases?

Equipment rollovers and falls are the main causes of injury and death in industry. For workers on foot, being struck by heavy equipment or trucks are major causes of death.

Vehicle and forklift overturns are a leading cause of injuries and fatalities. Each year in the United States, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents.

Falls on the job are no less fatal. In the United States each year, over 500 workers die as a result of falls from elevations.

Other preventable events include the following:

What is an Arc Flash Injury?

Arc flash accidents are an electrical occurrence when an electrical current deviates from its designated path and travels to another conductor. If a worker is hit by an arc flash or is even near one, they are likely to suffer severe electrical injury.

Anything from dropping a tool to faulty wiring can cause an arc flash accident. Poorly maintained materials or electrical systems can lead to arc flash incidents. An electric shock, burns, fires and damage is likely following an arc flash. Employers are urged to protect workers from arc flash injury, with the following prevention methods:

  • De-energize electrical circuits while working
  • Use proper insulation and guarding
  • Provide workers with work barricades
  • Install adequate ground fault circuit interrupters
  • Provide workers with personal safety equipment
  • Place warning labels regarding arc flash hazards
Can product liability be included in industrial accident litigation?

Each year, industrial accidents generate millions in settlements and verdicts for victims. Product liability issues cannot be discounted. In many past incidents, industrial equipment has been found to be inherently flawed. If machinery is found to have a faulty design or missing safety components, victims and their attorneys can file suit against large industrial manufacturers.

The legal options will depend on what caused the industrial accident and injury. Industrial accident injuries are usually permanent and should be addressed by a lawyer qualified in complex personal injury matters. Mr. Lyon has successfully litigated numerous industrial injury cases and obtained settlements for workers, over and beyond their workers comp.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Industrial Accident Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Industrial accident lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury.  Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical Negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence casesThe cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world.

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