Radiation Sickness Poisoning
Radiation sickness, poisoning is a listing that is in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Radiation sickness, poisoning is used for the nature of an injury or illness that happens to an employee in a work-related event or accident. If an employee suffers an injury or illness that is related to an accident or event at work, the nature of that injury or illness has to be listed in the proper heading of the OIICS.
Radiation sickness is damage to your body that is brought about by a large dose of radiation. In many instances, you get this radiation in a short period of time, which means it is acute. The dose or amount of radiation that your body absorbs is what determines how bad your radiation sickness will be.
Radiation poisoning is another term for radiation sickness. The medical term that is used is acute radiation syndrome (ARS). Another term that is used is radiation toxicity. All of these terms refer to the same illness that is caused by receiving doses of radiation.
There are two basic kinds of radiation. They are ionizing and nonionizing. Nonionizing radiation is what is found in things like microwaves, radar, light and radio waves. In most instances, this type of radiation does not result in tissue damage.
However, ionizing radiation is a different story. This is the kind of radiation that causes radiation sickness, poisoning. Ionizing radiation results in immediate chemical effects on human tissue. Things like gamma rays, x-rays and particle bombardment (mesons, electron beam, protons, neutron beam and others) are what give off ionizing radiation.
In regard to workers' compensation, radiation sickness, poisoning is the type of injury or illness that an employee develops from a work-related accident or event in which an employee receives a dose of radiation.
Kinds of Jobs with High Risk for Radiation Sickness, Poisoning
There are certain kinds of jobs that involve a high risk for radiation sickness, poisoning. Some of these include:
- Accident recovery workers
- Those who work transporting radioactive materials
- Hard-rock miners
- Radium dial luminisers
- Nuclear industry workers
- Medical radiological technicians, radiologists and other medical professionals whose job is around radiation
- Airline personnel, including airline crew, pilots and flight attendants
- Dental technicians and dentists
- Nuclear weapons test participants.
- Different kinds of cancer
- Tissue death and burns
- Damage to your sweat and sebaceous glands
- Redness of your skin (erythema)
- Scarring and thickening of connective tissue (fibrosis)
- Wasting away (atrophy)
- Decreased or increased pigmentation of your skin
- Ulceration or necrosis of exposed tissue
- Permanent loss of hair
Possible Injuries Resulting From Radiation Sickness, Poisoning
Unfortunately, radiation sickness, poisoning is very serious and often fatal. There are a number of injuries that may be caused by radiation sickness. These include:
Can I Get Workers Comp for Radiation Sickness, Poisoning?
If you have survived radiation sickness, poisoning from an accident or event on the job, you probably want to know if you can get workers comp for your injuries. The answer is that you are definitely eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
If you are having trouble getting the workers' compensation benefits that you deserve, contact a workers' compensation lawyer.