Injuries Caused by Improper Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy can be beneficial when used correctly, but when it is done improperly, it can cause devastating injury. Our team explains what some of the causes of injuries are, what injuries can be sustained, and how serious this type of medical malpractice can be.
Potential Causes of Radiation Injuries
The primary cause of radiation injury is overexposure—an area of the patient’s body is exposed to too much radiation or for too long of a duration, both of which can result in serious injury to internal organs and structures.
Overexposure of radiation can be due to improper planning. A miscalculation can result in excessive radiation being delivered to the affected area. Likewise, failure to localize internal organs that move slightly from day to day can result in over-radiation and serious injury.
Internal organs can be seriously injured by over-radiation. The spinal cord is particularly susceptible to injury when radiation is used to treat lung cancer and other cancers in the chest. Because radiation often causes a delayed reaction, these injuries may not show up until some time after treatment.
How Serious Is It?
The severity of the injury depend on a number of factors, the amount of the overexposure, how fast it occurred, how much the body received, tissue sensitivity, other abnormalities, the age of the patient, and the patient’s general health. These can all determine whether the radiation exposure injury is mild, moderate, or severe.
Sometimes radiation injury is unavoidable. However, when severe radiation injury occurs, it is sometimes the result of medical negligence. Our Houston medical malpractice attorneys at Hampton & King are here to stand by the side of injury victims. We know what it takes to successfully represent the rights of our clients and help them seek the compensation they need and deserve.
Have you or someone you love been harmed due to overexposure of radiation? Need to pursue legal action? Contact our team today to better understand your rights.