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One of the continuing concerns of our organization is the health and safety of our members. Although we try to keep you informed of workplace health and safety issues, may health and safety problems are not uncovered until many years after they arise. This happened with asbestos exposure and it is now happening with welding fumes.

I recently leaned that our members engaged in welding have been exposed to manganese contained in welding rod fumes. Strong evidence exists that welders who inhale manganese fumes have an increased risk of developing manganese poisoning and Parkinsonís disease.

Exposure to welding fumes can result in manganese poisoning and Parkinsonís disease. These are progressive conditions, which cause severe neurological problems. Symptoms include tremors or shaking, shuffling walk, abnormal balance, poor memory, irregular handwriting, slurred speech, lack of facial expression, and sleep disorders.

I recently met with John R. Climaco of Climaco, Lefkowitz, Peca, Wilcox & Garofoli, Co., L/P/A/ in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Climacoís law firm has represented victims of asbestos exposure and other toxic substances. Over the past few years, he and his nationwide team of attorneys have investigated the causal relationship between the inhalation of manganese and manganese poisoning and in certain instances Parkinsonís disease.

The letter below from John is self-explanatory. I urge that if you suffer the symptoms described, you contact Mr. Climacoís office for a telephone interview to be followed by receipt of a written questionnaire which upon return to Mr. Climacoís office, will be reviewed by his nurses, paralegals and lawyers to determine whether or not you have suffered from a compensable injury as a result of the inhalation of welding fumes.


Johnny Morris


If you were either employed as a welder or worked around industrial welding, you were exposed to manganese contained in welding rod fumes. Research studies indicate that individuals who inhaled manganese fumes from welding rods have an increased risk of developing Manganese Poisoning. Many welders have been misdiagnosed as sufferers of Parkinsonís disease when they actually have Manganese Poisoning

The following symptoms may be seen in the early stage of manganese poisoning and Parkinsonís disease:

  • Tremors in hands, arms, legs or feet

  • Infrequent blinking and lack of facial expression

  • Difficulty in maintaining balance

  • Slow movement or delay in movement

  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs

  • Sleep disorders

The progressive loss of voluntary and involuntary muscle control produces a number of secondary symptoms associated with Manganese Poisoning and Parkinsonís disease. Some secondary symptoms of Manganese Poisoning include the following:

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Excessive sweating

  • Excessive salivation

  • Slow response to questions

  • Loss of bladder and/or bowel control

  • Constipation

Late in the disease, a combination of these symptoms will appear:

  • Small, cramped handwriting

  • Uncontrolled laughing or crying

  • Anxiety, depression, isolation

  • Scaling, dry skin, particularly on the face and scalp

  • Soft, whispery voice

  • Slurred speech

  • Dementia (loss of intellectual capacity)

If you or someone you know has had exposure to welding fumes and has been diagnosed with Manganese Poisoning, or has developed symptoms associated with Manganese Poisoning or Parkinsonís disease, you may be entitled to receive compensation.

Please call my Paralegals Deborah Rossman or Pamela Nixon toll free at 1-800-621-1062 for more information.

Very Truly Yours.

John R. Climaco Esq.

Climaco/Lefkowitz/Peca/Wilcox & Garofoli Co., LPA
1228 Euclid Ave. Suite 900
Cleveland, OH 44115


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