Radiation overdose can occur due to equipment malfunctions or human error involving the use of linear accelerators, a device that uses concentrated, pinpoint radiation to treat tumors and other abnormalities.
Linear accelerators are generally used to remedy brain and spine ailments with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). SRS is a rapidly growing form of radiation therapy used to target tiny tumors and other defects most often in the brain and spine, but more recently in other parts of the body as well.
However, they have been found to occasionally leak radiation to healthy tissue, which has resulted in injuries ranging from loss of balance to patients being left in near-comatose states.
In many cases, it is not until several months following radiation overdose that severe medical ailments occur. Some patients have suffered ailments ranging from difficulty with balance, falling and memory loss to an inability to eat, walk, or speak.
Nationwide warnings have been issued alerting doctors to take extra precautions when using linear accelerators to perform SRS. The devices are used for standard radiation therapy but are often redesigned or retrofitted to perform SRS.
If you or a loved one suffered illness or injury following radiation treatment using a linear accelerator or have suffered a radiation overdose, contact us today.
Call us toll-free 1-888-GARRETT (1-888-427-7388) or fill out our contact form for a free legal consultation.