A new study slated for release in England this week confirms a long suspected link between professional welding and the development of Parkinson's disease. The study showed that welders' exposure to the unknown toxins in welding fumes is clearly linked to the higher rate of Parkinson's development among the professionals.
Parkinson's is a debilitating motor system disease; its primary symptoms are trembling or tremors in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face; rigidity and / or stiffness in the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia (slowness of movement) and impaired balance and coordination. The disease is progressive, with symptoms such as emotional changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing and speaking; bladder and bowel incontinence; skin and sleep problems, as well as a host of other ailments, developing over time.
Typically, Parkinson's affects people who are 50 years or older, but a previous study of welders, conducted in 2001, showed that on average, welders develop Parkinson's symptoms at age 46, compared to an average age of 63 in the non-welding population. The most recent study shows that Parkinson's symptoms are seven-to-ten percent more likely to appear in the welding population than among the general public.
Workers like welders, whose jobs expose them to toxic substances on a daily basis, deserve to be protected from the dangers associated with their jobs to the best of their employers' abilities. If employers do not take precautions to preserve employee health, the injured parties may be able to recover financial damages with the help of an industrial injury lawyer. If you or a loved one has been injured by exposure to a toxic substance while at work, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact a industrial accident attorney from Arnold & Itkin today for a free case consultation.