One form of medical malpractice that people do not always think about is radiation overexposure. This exposure may come from radiation therapy used to treat cancer or from X-Rays or CT scans. In small doses, these forms of treatment and diagnosis can be quite effective for a patient. Unfortunately, if an individual is over-exposed, they may have some serious physical consequences. 

Some ways to tell if you might be suffering from radiation over-exposure include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting 
  • Hair loss
  • Skin burns
  • Diarrhea
  • Flaking skin
  • Fainting

If a person was exposed to radiation over a longer period, it's not uncommon to find that they have developed cancer. Some people can even die from the over-exposure. 

It can be difficult sometimes to determine if you are indeed suffering from radiation over-exposure. It can take years to surface in some people, and by then, it may be hard to prove that the radiation is what's causing their ailments. If you were being treated with radiation therapy because you had cancer, you need to show that an overdose actually happened and not just that the doctor was taking an especially aggressive (but necessary) approach to your cancer treatment. 

When filing a medical malpractice lawsuit for radiation over-exposure, it is important to consider who was actually at fault. It can be easy to simply blame the doctor, but the negligence may go deeper than that. It could have been caused by:

  • A hospital technician that actually delivered the radiation
  • The company that made the radiation equipment or programmed the amount of radiation the device puts out
  • Hospital workers who are tasked with maintaining the radiation machines
  • The doctor who decides what the radiation dosage should be

Radiation over-exposure claims can be difficult to prove, so it is important that you entrust your case to an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Girards Law has been helping malpractice victims in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas for years and is here to help you now. Call today for a free consultation at 888-897-2762