Radiation is a powerful type of energy that comes in particle-like packets that travel in waves. People naturally soak up a little radiation in the form of sunlight and sound waves, but this is nothing like the exposure that you can receive from man-made radioactive devices. Everything from medical diagnostic tools to nuclear power plants can give you a damaging dose of radiation.
If you work with radioactive devices, you should be very careful so that you do not suffer from radiation poisoning. However, if a device is flawed or ill-maintained, the radiation can seriously harm your body. If you have suffered from radiation poisoning while on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation to aid in your recovery. To learn more, contact a Morehead City workplace injuries attorney from Law Office of Sam Scudder today at (252) 222-0227.
The Damaging Effects of Radiation
Continual, low doses of radiation can gradually mutate your cells’ DNA and cause cancer. However, a major, one-time exposure to radioactive material can actually poison your body. The symptoms of radiation poisoning include:
- Skin burns
- Hair loss
- Organ failure
Sometimes, medication can help your body flush out radioactive material. Sadly, though, it may be too late for you to avoid permanent damage to your body.
Sources of Radiation
Whether you work in the medical, weapons, or energy industry, you can suffer from high amounts of radiation exposure. In the medical field, things like x-rays and CT scans both use radiation to perform imaging on the body. For weapons, both atomic bombs and nuclear devices can leak radioactive material. Lastly, although nuclear power plants provide a relatively clean source of energy, any spills or leaks can lead to massive radiation exposure.
Your job should give you safety and security rather than continual risk of cancer and radiation poisoning. If you are a victim of radiation exposure while at work, this may require you to take time off to recover. To discuss your financial options following such an injury, please contact a Morehead City workplace injuries lawyer from Law Office of Sam Scudder at (252) 222-0227 today.