One type of treatment used to destroy or reduce the size of a cancerous tumor is radiation therapy. This is an intense type of treatment that can have devastating effects if done improperly. A radiation error can lead to severe injuries or even death.
When medical professionals demonstrate negligence resulting in injuries to a patient, they may be held liable in an Illinois medical malpractice claim. The injured party could collect damages related to their injuries. A Chicago medical malpractice attorney will explain the legal options available after a radiation error.
Types of Medical Injuries Resulting from a Radiation Error
There are several types of medical injuries that can result from a radiation error. In some cases patients have experienced injuries leaving them with difficulty swallowing (because of burns), loss of teeth, difficulty seeing and breathing, and even loss of hearing.A patient can also suffer organ damage from the burns of radiation. If the radiation error was the result of an overdose, the burn could damage the cells lining the small blood vessels. This deprives the soft tissue and skin of nourishment and is an injury that is difficult to heal.
An overdose of radiation can also lead to bone death, typically in the jaw and head.
The complications from this type of radiation error require surgical intervention.
These types of medical injuries can leave an individual suffering excruciating pain. This may entitle an individual to receive compensation for the pain and suffering, along with other damages related to their injuries.
While radiation therapy can be helpful, it can also be harmful and today more than ever, patients are receiving this form of treatment. Unfortunately, many patients are unaware of the serious risks involved when safety rules are violated or when there is some type of mistake made because of medical negligence.
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