Perhaps one of the lesser talked about forms of medical negligence is that of radiation malpractice. But just because it’s not as common doesn’t make it any less devastating.
Patients receive radiation treatment for several different medical ailments, but probably the most common is in treatment of different forms of cancer. It is a dangerous procedure which should only be used when deemed absolutely necessary, because it can have significant side effects.
Regardless of the reason for treatment, radiation mistakes can be made with life altering results. Radiation malpractice cases typically include:
- Failure to inform patients of the possible side effects
- Performing radiation treatment when it is not entirely necessary
- Not following proper radiation procedures
- Technician is improperly or inadequately trained
- Use of faulty or outdated equipment
- Moderate to severe burns to the skin or internal areas being treated
As with any serious medical treatment, the doctor performing the procedure should be well trained and able to prepare their patient for what to expect. If they fail to do so, or they do not perform the radiation properly, causing injury or death, a malpractice case is inevitable.
Anyone who has experienced ill effects of radiation treatments due to a doctor’s negligence should consider sitting down with a medical attorney to discuss their situation and determine if their case constitutes radiation malpractice. If it does, then justice should be sought.