Exposure to radiation is more common in modern society, given all of the advanced medical tests available. Too much exposure to radiation can result in serious injuries and illnesses. Anyone who has been exposed to radiation may have a viable personal injury claim that should be evaluated by an accomplished attorney in Los Angeles. The attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm have the knowledge and experience in helping you obtain the compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you have suffered.What Causes Radiation Injuries?
There are many diagnostic tests in the medical field that involve radiation. While these tests are designed to provide information to doctors who are seeking answers to certain medical conditions, most can also expose the patients to high levels of radiation that can ultimately cause more harm than good.
In fact, in the last three decades, the average person’s exposure to radiation has increased seven times. Research shows that ionizing radiation – which is what is used in most imaging exams – will significantly boost your risk of getting cancer. Other symptoms and side effects of overexposure to radiation can also include loss of hair, skin burns, sterility and cataracts.How Do Radiation Injuries Happen?
Overexposure to radiation can occur in a variety of different ways. Some of the most common causes of medical exam-related radiation injuries include:
- Poor staffing and training
- Failure to follow an appropriate QA plan
- Software problems with diagnostic equipment
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been investigating these types of radiation overexposure cases. It is not yet clear what is causing the increased incidents of radiation overexposure in the medical field. One possible cause involves the poor manufacturing and maintenance of these equipment. Another possible cause of overexposure to radiation often involves the improper training of the staff that routinely use these equipment. For example, if an X-ray technician takes more images than necessary, it can expose the patient to an excessive amount of radiation.What Are the Types of Injuries That Can Occur?
There are two major types of injuries that can result from overexposure to radion:
- Contamination: Improper exposure to radiation can cause the skin to be contaminated with harmful radioactive substances that can then make their way inside the body.
- Incorporation: This is where the cells of the body, including tissues and organs and bones, soak up the radiation.
Either types of overexposure can lead to serious health problems, such as internal bleeding, loss of white blood cells, gastrointestinal problems, cancer, and even death. Whatever the cause, no patient should have to experience the mental, emotional and physical problems that can result from radiation overexposure. You should contact an experienced attorney in Los Angeles to determine whether you have a case.Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys – Call Now
If you believe that you or a loved one has been overexposed to radiation, you should immediately consult the experienced team of attorneys at the Nourmand Law Firm. We will help you protect your rights and obtain the full compensation to which you are entitled.
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