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Radiation Exposure Lawyer

There is no doubt that radiation plays a vital role in various aspects of our day-to-day lives. For example, radiation helps medical professionals conduct diagnostic tests and treat certain health problems such as cancer in the health sector. However, improper use of radiation comes with serious consequences. And when that happens, an experienced radiation exposure lawyer might be able to help. 

Some of the benefits of radiation include:

  • Treatment of certain diseases such as cancer
  • Diagnosing certain medical conditions
  • Terminating harmful bacteria in food 
  • Eliminating pain from various parts of the body

And so much more. 

On the other hand, radiation also has harmful effects, especially when introduced into the human body at high dosages. Some of these negative effects include: 

  • Damage to DNA in body cells
  • Causes Acute Radiation Syndrome (ARS)
  • Cutaneous Radiation Injuries (CRI)
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Reduction in white blood cells

It should be noted that although radiation can help treat cancer, it can also cause cancer if administered into the human body in high amounts. 

Common Causes of Radiation Exposure

Radiation exposure occurs due to different reasons, primarily because of human error. Here are some of the most common causes of this kind of exposure: 

Defective Equipment

Manufacturers of radioactive equipment must observe the highest standards of care throughout the manufacturing process. This is because defective radiation equipment can expose the user to high doses of radiation. As a result, they may develop some of the health complications discussed earlier in this article. 

Failure to Follow Safety Protocol 

Technicians handling such equipment must follow protocol to protect everyone involved. Failure to follow safety protocol can lead to radiation exposure. 

Lack of Proper Maintenance 

Equipment that emits radioactive waves must be properly maintained. Lack of proper maintenance of such equipment might cause radiation exposure. 

Wrong Doses of Radiation

As mentioned before, high doses of radiation come with serious effects. For this reason, the medical professional administering radiation to the patient must ensure that the equipment provides only the correct dosage. Anything above the required limit could be lethal. In that case, you may be able to file a radiation exposure claim against the negligent party.

Lack of Proper Training

It is common knowledge that you need proper training to handle radiation equipment. But some institutions hire technicians to handle this equipment without providing the required training. If anyone gets injured due to poor handling of the equipment, a radiation exposure attorney may be able to help them seek compensation. 

Radiation Exposure in the Workplace

Every year, thousands of workers across the country are exposed to radiation without their knowledge. This is because radioactive waves travel through the air and are usually invincible. Examples of job industries considered high risk for radiation exposure include medical fields, nuclear power plants, and the airline industry. 

Signs of Radiation Exposure in the Workplace 

One of the worst things about radiation exposure is that the symptoms do not show immediately. In fact, these symptoms begin to show when the exposure has reached an advanced stage and most likely caused damage to the body. These symptoms include but are not limited to: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • General body weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea

Because the first symptoms of radiation exposure usually seem like common symptoms of ordinary diseases, some people downplay the need for medical checkups. For example, if you constantly feel tired, you might easily blame it on your work schedule, not knowing that it is one of the signs of radiation. This is one of the reasons why health experts recommend seeking immediate medical attention whenever you experience these symptoms, especially if they persist.

It is also important to know that the symptoms of radiation exposure usually occur in stages. Therefore, seeking immediate medical attention can help determine the primary health problem and treat it before it worsens. Remember, radiation exposure can lead to cancer, and given that certain types of cancers cannot be cured, you want to ensure that they are managed when there's still a chance. This can only be done if you get checked by a doctor early enough. 

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  • What Should I Do If I Have Been Exposed to Radiation in the Workplace?

    If you suspect that you have been exposed to radiation in the workplace, seek immediate medical attention. That is the first and most important thing to do.

    Secondly, try to collect as much evidence as possible about your radiation exposure. For example, think about what you were doing when you got exposed. Were you working with radioactive equipment? If so, do you have any pictures of the equipment? 

    Additionally, you may want to obtain the contact information of any witnesses. Did anyone see you work with the radioactive equipment? How long have you worked with the equipment? 

    Next, notify your employer about your exposure to radiation but do not sign any paperwork without consulting an attorney. 

  • Why Should I Consult an Attorney After Radiation Exposure in the Workplace?

    The process of filing a workers' compensation claim is usually straightforward for most injuries but not those involving radiation exposure. These cases are not only technical but also complex. 

    It takes a lot of experience, knowledge, and training to deal with these cases. Most radiation exposure cases require an expert opinion, including tests and other complex processes, just to prove liability. And since radioactive waves are mostly invincible, you may have a rough time proving that your health problems occurred due to radiation.

    Bear in mind that many other aspects of our day-to-day lives can cause almost similar symptoms and health problems caused by radiation exposure. For example, certain foods might increase your chances of getting cancer. In that case, how would you prove to the insurance company that your health problem derives from radiation exposure and not any other risk factor?

    Then there is also the issue of liability. When you suffer radiation exposure, your employer might not approve your claim if more than one party might be responsible. Instead, they will want to shift blame, jeopardizing your claim. 

    Here is an example of such a scenario:

    When a nurse who works two jobs gets cancer due to radiation exposure, it may be difficult to identify the employer responsible for the exposure assuming that the nurse works with the same radioactive equipment in both jobs. Realistically, one or both employers may be responsible for the exposure. 

    Aside from liability, it is also important to note that radiation exposure claims can attract huge settlement amounts. This is because individuals exposed to radiation may need to undergo expensive treatment processes. And if the exposure is already at an advanced stage, the employee might be able to recover compensation for future medical expenses. This mostly happens if the individual has been diagnosed with a serious disease caused by radiation exposure, such as cancer.

    Given that these claims mostly involve huge settlement amounts, insurance providers will likely attempt to free themselves from liability. However, an experienced radiation exposure lawyer can help you build a strong case against your employer, limiting the chances of their insurer denying the claim.

    Workers' compensation laws in most states prohibit employees from suing their employees for workplace injuries. That is the whole point of having workers' compensation insurance. By filing a claim with the employer's insurer, you waive your right to sue your employer. But this does not mean you cannot sue other parties that contributed to your exposure. 

    This is just an example of the kind of legal advice you can obtain from an experienced radiation exposure attorney. The lawyer can help maximize your claim and reveal rights you didn't know you had.

  • How Do I Find the Best Radiation Exposure Lawyer?

    Now that you know the importance of working with a radiation lawyer let's discuss some key qualities to consider when looking for such an attorney. 

    Experience 

    Handling radiation exposure cases requires a lot of experience. You need an attorney who has dealt with these kinds of cases and knows how to navigate the complex processes. If you or your loved one has been exposed to radiation, you know how important your claim is to your well-being. The last thing you want is to work with just any general personal injury attorney who does not have your best interests at heart. And since these kinds of claims usually attract huge compensation, you need an attorney who won't be excited about just any settlement offer. 

    For example, a settlement offer of $500,000 might seem a lot on paper. However, this amount might not be enough when you need long-term care and treatment if you have cancer due to exposure. This further explains why you need an attorney with experience handling such cases and, most importantly, winning. 

    At Morgan & Morgan, we have helped our clients recover more than $13 billion as compensation for various injuries. We are not one of those law firms that get excited about just any settlement amount - if it is not what you deserve, we will not accept it. 

    Resources

    Gathering evidence to prove radiation exposure is one of the most difficult things to do. As discussed earlier, radiation can occur in different environments, not only in your workplace. So if you have been exposed at your workplace, your employer's insurer might attempt to shift the blame. For this reason, you need an attorney who can build a strong case against your employer.

    Of course, these investigations require a lot of resources. The attorney will need to collect expert opinions, interview witnesses, obtain medical records, and so on. 

    But you should not worry about that when you work with a radiation exposure attorney from Morgan & Morgan. We are the largest personal injury law firm in the United States. Therefore, you can count on us if you need an injury law firm with powerful resources to fight for you. 

    To further understand the importance of hiring a law firm with powerful resources, let's briefly discuss what will likely happen when you work with a smaller law firm or solo attorney. In most cases, small law firms and solo attorneys do not have the resources to investigate such big claims. As a result, they may settle for any compensation to close the case. To them, anything is better than nothing.

    But that is not how we approach these claims. You need someone to fight for you and help you recover what you truly deserve, not what the other party thinks suits you.

    Reputation

    Because we are the largest personal injury law firm in the United States, we have made a name for ourselves in the industry. Any insurance company, big or small, knows about us and has probably encountered our attorneys at the negotiating table. We have a reputation for fighting for our client's rights and protecting them from bullies in their pursuit of compensation. Most insurance companies will want to settle your claim as soon as possible when they discover that our attorneys are handling your case. This is because they know that we don't settle for less, a reputation that has taken years to build. 

  • Contact Morgan and Morgan Radiation Exposure Lawyers 

    Morgan and Morgan radiation exposure lawyers can fight for you or your loved one who has been exposed to radiation. We have the experience, resources, and knowledge required to navigate such complex cases. Do not sit back and bear the pain alone - you deserve compensation for your injuries. 

    And you should not worry about the fees involved — you do not owe us anything unless we win. So fill out our free consultation form, and one of our legal representatives will get in touch to discuss your case. 

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