Radiation damage can occur quite easily in modern society. Many chemicals and tasks can place you in the pathway of harmful radiation. Too much exposure to radiation can cause illness and injury. If you have been exposed to radiation, you may have a claim for your damages.
Free Radioactive Overdose Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has developed new cancer tumors or suffered any severe injury due to excessive radiation as a patient, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
The increasing popularity and effectiveness of diagnostic tests that involve radiation has exposed more people to radiation than in the past. In the last thirty years, a typical person's exposure to medical radiation has increased seven-fold. Ionizing radiation - which is used in imaging exams - increases the patient's lifetime cancer risk and can also cause skin burns, hair loss, and cataracts.
How do Radiation Injuries occur?
The New York Times recently collected summaries of radiation accidents that were reported to government regulators, along with some that were not. These records show that inadequate staffing and training, failing to follow a good quality-assurance plan, and software glitches have contributed to mistakes that affected patients of varying ages and ailments.
For example, a 14-year-old girl received double her prescribed dose for 10 treatments because the facility made a faulty calculation and then did not follow its policy to verify the dose. A prostate cancer patient was radiated in the wrong spot on 32 of 38 treatments, while another prostate patient at the same institution received 19 misguided treatments - all because the hospital did not test a piece of equipment after repairs.
In 2008, at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island, Barbara Valenza-Gorman, 63, received 10 times as much radiation as prescribed in one spot, and one-tenth of her prescribed dose in another. Ms. Valenza-Gorman was too sick to continue her chemotherapy and died of cancer several months later, a family member said. The therapist who made those mistakes was later reprimanded in another case for failing to document treatment properly.
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What Causes Radioactive Overdoses?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still investigating these cases of overexposure. They have yet to determine a conclusive cause of the rash of increased radiation problems. Possible causes include improper manufacturing of equipment, inadequate training of medical professionals taking the images, and an unnecessary need to get clearer images.
No patient should be forced to go through the physical, emotional, and mental struggles caused by overexposure to radiation. Be sure to contact a medical malpractice lawyer if you suspect that you or someone you know may have been overexposed to radiation or suffered any other complications caused by medical mistakes.
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Do I have a Radioactive Overdose Lawsuit?
The Medical Malpractice Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in radioactive overdose lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.