Exposure to Radiation
Radiation is a potentially harmful type of energy that travels in waves through various types of mediums. We are surrounded by relatively harmless radiation, such as light, radio waves, microwaves, and heat, all of the time. This type of radiation is not harmful in the way that ionizing radiation is. Ionizing radiation is the type that damages cells and DNA and can cause cancer.
Some jobs subject employees to radioactivity, though most have the correct type of protective measures in place to prevent harmful exposure to radiation. However, if a machine or instrument emits radiation in an inappropriate manner, it can seriously harm your body. If you are suffering from radiation poisoning because of work-related activities, you may be entitled to financial compensation to aid in your recovery. Find out more by contacting a Fayetteville workers’ comp attorney from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, today at 910-488-1600.
Sources and Symptoms of Radiation Poisoning
The medical, energy, and weapons industries are the most common places for employees to be subjected to high levels of dangerous radiation. X-rays and CT scans in the medical industry, atomic bombs and nuclear devices in the weapons industry, and nuclear waste in the energy industry are some of the most common sources of dangerous levels of radiation exposure.
Even persistent, low doses of radiation can, over time, have cancer-causing effects on your cells’ DNA. Whether it is one big dose, or small, gradual dosing, radiation poisoning can have the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Losing hair
- Skin burning
- Failing organs
There are ways to flush radiation from your body, but it isn’t always enough to prevent long-term or even permanent damage.
If you have been exposed to dangerous amounts of radiation in the course of your work, call 910-488-1600 to speak with a Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyer from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, about securing financial assistance.