Common causes of radiation burns

Today cancer patients have a lot more to deal with than just a life threatening disease. These strong individuals may endure long and harmful radiation treatments from which there can be many side effects. One of the most common is what we call a radiation burn. Radiation burns may cause the patient pain and suffering and is damage to your skin or other biological tissue on your body. This damage is caused by exposure to radio frequency energy, or radiation. Radiation exposure is about 1,000 times stronger than a normal x-ray machine and may be caused by a medical mistake or medical negligence.  If this is the case you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries that can cover your pain and suffering and treatments you may need.


Why are radiation burns dangerous?

Radioactive particles that pass through your body are small enough to disrupt the structure of your cells and even alter your cells’ DNA. A sunburn is, quite literally, a result of radioactive UV rays chipping away at your skins’ basic structure. The problem is that when your DNA is damaged, there is a chance that it will start to create defective and sometimes cancerous cells. A radiation burn, unlike other forms of burns, has a chance, however remote, of causing cancer in your body. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that you see a doctor if you even suspect you have a radiation burn.

How often does this happen?

Statistics show that about 1 out of 10,000 people may have a radiation burn from cancer treatment. Some of the minor burns can be treated at home and do not require any further treatment, however, the more severe burns may require extensive treatment and can be very costly. Ingerman & Horwitz represents injured victims and fights for their financial compensation.  Click here for a free case evaluation.