If you or someone you love has been overexposed to radiation and suffered a radiation burn, the attorneys at Williams Hart are here to help you. Radiation exposure comes from several different sources, including the sun, tanning beds, and radiation therapy for cancer treatment. About 85 percent of people undergoing radiation treatment for cancer experience some kind of skin reaction from radiation exposure.
Radiation burns can occur in a milder form that looks like a sunburn, but if severe, they can cause significant pain, pose a dangerous risk of infection, and may necessitate expensive and painful treatment methods with long recovery times. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your medical treatment and suffering if your radiation burn was caused by someone else’s negligence.
To learn more about your legal rights after you have suffered a radiation burn, fill out the contact form below to schedule a free initial consultation with our experienced Houston burn injury attorneys.
Risks Involved with Radiation Burns
Radiation is a form of energy that transmits electromagnetic particles, and people can be exposed to it in various ways: through the sun, sunlamps, tanning beds, X-rays, or radiation therapy for cancer treatment. While radiation can be beneficial to the body at times, overexposure can lead to risk. It can burn your body on the surface and internally. Some burns are mild surface burns that mimic a sunburn injury, but some radiation can cause beta burns, which go deeper into the surface of the skin and cause significant pain. Severe radiation burns have long recovery times and may need to include skin grafts and resurfacing during treatment.
Cancer radiation treatment is one of the biggest dangers when it comes to radiation exposure. A strong dose of radiation is required, and doctors usually stress the many serious side effects of radiation treatment. Radiation burns are one. An uninformed choice about radiation therapy, where the risks for side effects like radiation burns outweigh the danger presented by the cancer that’s being treated, can lead to overexposure with painful consequences.
If a patient suffers a radiation burn, they will experience mild to severe pain. If the burn is severe, the patient may also become more susceptible to infections that can cause a delay in further cancer treatment, increasing the risk that the cancer will spread. There is also a risk of more skin tissue being lost while your burn is healing. Treatment for radiation burns is usually topical with additional pain medicine, but skin grafts and other long-term treatments are sometimes needed if the burn is severe. There is also a strong emotional component to a serious radiation injury like a radiation burn. Injuries from your cancer treatment can hinder your emotional state, which can affect cancer recovery overall. If you suspect your burn has been caused by radiation overexposure, get in contact with a lawyer at Williams Hart today to learn how we can help you.
Do I Need a Radiation Burn Injury Lawyer?
Radiation burns can be considered a normal side effect of many forms of radiation, including cancer treatment. A lawyer can help identify and prove whether your injury was due to overexposure, as the line between normal treatment and negligence can be very thin. If you are suffering a radiation burn on top of other side effects, getting a team of experienced lawyers on your side can ensure that your case will be thoroughly investigated and fought so that you can get the full amount of financial compensation that you deserve. That way you can focus on what is most important: your recovery.
Williams Hart has been helping Houstonians with their personal injury cases for nearly 40 years, recovering billions of dollars in that time. We’re proud to serve the Houston community and are honored that so many trust us to fight for their rights. Many of our attorneys have received national recognition for their skills. We understand the toll a serious injury can have on you physically, emotionally, and financially, which is why we can come to your home or hospital room for your consultation. Additionally, you don’t pay us anything until after we’ve won your case.