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Home > Personal Injury > Harmful Substances > Radiation Exposure

Radiation Exposure

Exposure to excessive radiation can cause cancer. However it is important to bear in mind that we are all exposed to some background radiation in the atmosphere. It is the type and dose of radiation which are important.

If the exposure occurs at work, there are a number of regulations which can apply, including the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations. In workplaces where there is any possibility of exposure to radiation, workers will be monitored by the use of dose badges.

Exposure can also occur outside the workplace, for example in the vicinity of nuclear plants.

If you are unlucky enough to suffer an illness, disease or injury as a result such exposure, it is possible that you may be able to bring a claim for damages, otherwise known as compensation.

In all exposure cases, detailed evidence is necessary to establish that the exposure you suffered is capable of causing the injury complained of, that it did in fact cause your injury, that there was a foreseeable risk of such injury occurring and that the person or body responsible was negligent or in breach of statutory duty in allowing or causing the leak or discharge to occur. This requires a considerable body of expert evidence from technical experts in different fields. In radiation exposure cases, particularly outside the workplace, this is extremely difficult.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of personal injury, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for compensation.

Recently there has been some publicity about the potential for injury caused by the use of mobile phones, and indeed from radiation given off by transmitter equipment and masts. At present the technical evidence and knowledge would not support a successful claim, although the matter remains under review by the experts, and warnings have been given about mobile phone use by children.

For more information visit our Compensation for Radiation Workers page.

Please contact us for advice on a potential claim if you believe you are a victim of radiation injury.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms.

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