Exposure to radiation is a serious health hazard. Depending on the amount of radiation and the length of exposure time, these incidents could be life-threatening. Even the smallest amount of radiation exposure (ionizing radiation) can cause serious health problems. The exposure can be direct (nuclear warfare) or indirect (being near testing sites and facilities) and does not need to be recent to cause current health problems.
Some of the first signs of radiation exposure include nausea, vomiting and a feeling of weakness or fatigue. This initial exposure can turn into cancer, thyroid disease, parathyroid adenoma (which causes overactivity of the parathyroid glands, resulting in depression, bone pain, muscle soreness, kidney stones and osteoperosis) and cataracts.
The government has shown some promise in compensating victims through acts like the Radiation-Exposed Veterans Compensation Act of 1988 (REVCA). This act was passed to provide a presumption of a service-connected disability for those veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation as a result of atomic bombs used during World War II. However the denial rate has been quite high and other recent rulings have not been in the favor of veterans. That is why it is especially important to have skilled VA disability representation to make sure your rights are fought for and protected.
At the Berry Law Firm, our attorneys are strong advocates for the rights of injured and disabled veterans. We believe that the men and women who have sacrificed and served for our country deserve, at the very least, quality and skilled representation when making veterans disability claims. Our law firm has extensive experience in helping veterans file or appeal VA disability claims and can discuss yours in a free consultation.
If you are a veteran and have suffered from medical problems due to radiation and radioactive substance exposure, please call (888) 883-2483 for a free consultation or contact us online.