Radiation is a form of energy utilized in several different industries for various purposes, as well as a byproduct of certain types of machinery and/or procedures. Regardless of how it is utilized, radiation is a potentially dangerous element that should only be handled while using protective gear and implementing various safety measures, as it can have a dangerous impact on human health. Since radiation is used in different types of fields, radiation expert witnesses will have varying backgrounds and experience, depending on the nature of each particular case. It is therefore important to select an expert with the right credentials for the specific form of litigation taking place.
While it can be dangerous if improperly handled, radiation is also utilized within the medical field as a form of treatment, as well as a byproduct of several different types of medical equipment and procedures. Such areas of focus, as recognized by radiation expert witnesses, include radiosurgery, oncology, chemotherapy and additional forms of cancer treatments, and other types of radiographic procedures used for medical treatment and testing. Lawsuits involved with medical applications of radiation are similar to those of other medical areas, such as unforeseen side effects, a misdiagnosis based on a radiographic procedure, issues with healthcare insurance, and inefficient protection against potentially harmful medical devices.
Other radiation expert witnesses may have a background in the industrial and nuclear fields, since radiation is often utilized or produced by the equipment used within these industries. Employees working in these fields must be properly protected against the harmful effects of radiation, meaning that the employer should provide the proper safety equipment, as well as thorough training on how to operate machinery involving radiation.
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