Excess Medical Radiation Lawsuit Lawyers

Concerns are growing that excessive exposure to medical radiation via CAT scans and other imaging procedures is posing a threat to public health. People who have been subjected to repeated CAT scans, or even radiation overdoses from a botched procedure, could be at risk for cancers, organ damage and other problems. Our medical radiation lawyers are currently offering free legal consultations to any individual injured as a result of radiation from CAT scans and other medical imaging procedures. If you or a loved one sustained a personal injury because of medical radiation, we urge you to contact our medical radiation lawyers today.

Medical Radiation Risks

CAT scans became popular because they offer a quick, relatively cheap way to get three-dimensional pictures that give an almost surgical view of the body. In many instances, radiation based procedures like CAT scans are replacing tests that don’t require radiation, such as ultrasound and MRI. Doctors use them to evaluate trauma, belly pain, seizures, chronic headaches and other ailments. However, they also carry a higher risk than older types of scans.

The amount of radiation Americans receive as a result of CAT scans and other medical imaging has grown six fold over the last couple of decades. One CAT chest scan carries as much radiation as nearly 400 chest X-rays, according to government officials. To put it in perspective, a chest or abdominal CAT scan involves 10 to 20 millisieverts (a measure of dose), versus 0.01 to 0.1 for an ordinary chest X-ray, less than 1 for a mammogram, and as little as 0.005 for a dental X-ray. Natural radiation from the sun and soil accounts for about 2 millisieverts a year. A 2009 study estimated that 4 million Americans get more than 20 millisieverts a year from medical imaging. Two percent of people in the study had high exposure — 20 to 50 millisieverts.

Even one CAT scan can pose a risk if it is done incorrectly – something that sadly occurs more often than you might think. In 2009, for instance, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert and announced it was investigating cases of radiation overdose from CAT scans at a half dozen hospitals around the country, including Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Glendale Adventist Medical Center in California, and Alabama’s Huntsville Hospital. The agency found that at least 385 patients who received excessive radiation from CAT brain perfusion scans had received excess radiation. In all of the procedures, the CAT scan machines had for months been wrongly calibrated and subjected patients who underwent brain perfusion scans following a stroke to excessive doses of radiation. It wasn’t until patients began complaining of hair loss and skin reddening that the errors were found.

A year after the FDA began its investigations into the CAT scan radiation overdoses, the agency concluded that manufacturers of CAT scanners should do a better job of training and educating those who use their equipment, and that the machines themselves could be made safer by warning operators that a dangerously high radiation dose is about to be administered. In November 2010, the FDA sent a letter to the Medical Imaging Technology Alliance, spelling out its recommendations, including one that asked manufacturers to do a better job organizing dose-related information in their user manuals.

Legal Help for Victims Excess Medical Radiation

Parker Waichman LLP is one of the preeminent personal injury law firms in the U.S. Parker Waichman LLP is listed in Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The attorneys of Parker Waichman LLP are also the authors of “Personal Injury Law for Dummies,” an easy-to-understand guide to all aspects of personal injury law.

If you or a loved one were injured as a result of excess medical radiation, you may have valuable legal rights. To find out how our medical radiation lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form, or call 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).

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