The X-ray was first used by the medical community over 100 years ago. To this day, it continues to serve as one of the most important diagnostic tools available to physicians, surgeons, dentists, veterinarians, and other clinicians.
The X-ray is so invaluable because it enables medical care providers to look “inside” a patient’s body without making a single incision. Multiple views of a patient’s internal body structures provide physicians with critical information necessary to diagnose and treat patients accordingly.
These views are procured by aiming a condensed, narrow beam of X-ray radiation at the target body area and quickly “snapping a picture,” which is then projected and recorded onto a film or a little detector digitally linked to a viewer (e.g., computer monitor). The resulting image is available for interpretation almost instantly. For legal guidance, speak with a Connecticut X-Ray malpractice lawyer.
Almost everyone is exposed to X-ray radiation at some point in life (via dental X-rays, chest X-rays, sports injury X-rays, etc.). When these X-rays are administered properly, a patient is exposed to a carefully-limited, relatively-low dose of radiation.
In large doses, however, radiation can be very dangerous – so much so that it is subject to governmental regulation.
If you believe you were overexposed to X-ray radiation in a Connecticut medical facility, contact our skilled X-ray malpractice legal team to help you review your legal rights.
Each state, including Connecticut, regulates the practice of medicine within its borders by implementing its own medical licensing guidelines. With each license granted, the state essentially places its trust in a physician that he or she will exercise professional discretion when deciding when and how much X-ray radiation is appropriate in a patient’s care.
Additionally, the State of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) also plays a role in ensuring that X-ray exposure to patients and medical staff are at acceptably safe levels. The agency regulates everything from the number of X-rays a patient may receive in a year to the X-ray machine registration process.
You now know that the danger associated with a person’s overexposure to radiation is significant enough to warrant oversight by the government. The questions now become:
There are a number of people involved in the X-ray process. Typically, a patient’s treating physician orders the X-rays; technicians and medical staff administer the X-rays, and a radiologist and/or treating physician read and interpret the X-ray images.
During this process, the negligence of one or more members of the medical team can cause a patient’s X-ray radiation overdose. Specifically, a patient may become overexposed to X-ray radiation due to the following mistakes:
If a patient is overexposed to X-ray radiation, he or she may suffer a number of possible injuries/side effects, including the following:
One of the most complex, challenging, and sophisticated areas of law is malpractice litigation. In fact, the challenges begin before a lawsuit ever gets filed. This is in large part due to certain (additional) ethical obligations imposed upon lawyers.
Essentially, before an attorney can initiate a lawsuit on behalf of an injured client, Connecticut law mandates that the attorney first conducts a reasonable and thorough investigation to determine if, in good faith, a viable claim exists.
For the best chance at a favorable outcome in your X-ray malpractice case, you must hire an extensively experienced, successful attorney who specializes in these types of cases.
When investigating the viability of a potential case, our legal team conducts a thorough evaluation and analysis of many considerations:
Our X-ray malpractice legal team is well-equipped to take on the challenge of an X-ray overexposure case. Our attorneys have decades of experience combines, helping clients recover financial compensation for their injuries. If you believe that you have been harmed as a result of X-ray malpractice, you should speak with an experienced X-ray malpractice attorney as soon as possible.