at increased risk for long-term radiation effects.
Valencia, CA (PRWEB) October 17, 2009
Radiation overdose during CT brain scans has left 206 patients of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in a state of shock. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, the victims of the hospital's errors are experiencing the immediate effects of radiation overdose. These patients and their families are terrified when informed of the long term consequences after this type of exposure. Cancer is only one of the diseases which these victims must be prepared to face. Los Angeles leading personal injury attorneys, Owen, Patterson & Owen, are providing the necessary legal guidance to these victims.
A safety investigation conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regard to the multi-slice CT machines used at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center revealed that 206 patients "received radiation doses that were approximately eight times the expected level." It is unclear whether the overdose resulted from a faulty device or from incorrect procedures, but the hospital's severe radiation overexposure can result in future health complications for these individuals. The personal injury law firm of Owen, Patterson & Owen extends its legal expertise to help patients and their families. A Cedars-Sinai radiation overdose information page has been created and a free, no obligation consultation is available via the company's website or by calling the firm's toll free number listed at the bottom of this page.
Senior Partner Rick Patterson says, "Our law firm has spent the past 30 years helping people like the patients of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center deal with the hospital's lawyers. We make sure that innocent victims don't suffer silently. When your health is at risk, you have every right to know what went wrong, why and what is being done to compensate you for the damages you have suffered. It is also our goal in this litigation to make certain that changes are made in hospital procedures which will prevent this tragic mistake from happening again."
Patterson quotes the firm's past experience in dealing with similar cases -- "Our dedicated personal injury attorneys played an instrumental role in obtaining a $4.85 billion settlement on behalf of plaintiffs injured or killed by the dangerous drug Vioxx and a record setting $35 million pretrial settlement on behalf of a 12-year-old brain damaged Palmdale girl. We take our responsibility towards the people we represent in personal injury cases very seriously."
The FDA explains that when patient doses are higher than the expected level, they are "at increased risk for long-term radiation effects." Many of these 206 patients of Cedars-Sinai are already experiencing hair loss and erythema (redness and inflammation of skin). These errors on the part of the hospital over an 18 month period could seriously impact the already fragile health of patients who went to the Center hoping to ensure via a CT brain scan that all was in order. Owen, Patterson & Owen is a preeminent personal injury law firm backed by experience, expertise, and the trust and confidence of hundreds of clients since 1977. They will help victims of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center radiation overdose obtain justice for themselves and for their families.
About Owen, Patterson & Owen:
Since 1977, the Owen, Patterson and Owen (OPO) team has successfully handled a range of personal injury cases ranging from medical malpractice to birth accidents and wrongful death. Serving clients nationwide and headquartered in Valencia, Southern California, the law firm's clients rely on them to look out for their best interests. The firm's dedicated personal injury attorneys played an instrumental role in obtaining a $4.85 billion settlement of the dangerous drug Vioxx and a record setting $35 million pretrial settlement on behalf of a 12-year-old brain damaged Palmdale girl.
OPO Law now also represents clients affected by the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center radiation overdose from a CT brain perfusion scan. For more information, please visit OPOLaw.com or call 866.654.4947.