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Radium is a radioactive metal occurring naturally. Generally, low levels exist in soil, water, rocks, coal, plant, and food.
Your risk for serious complications increases if you live close to uranium mines and plants that process ore. Another source of exposure is burning coal or other fuel.
You can be exposed by swallowing food and water contaminated with radium or by inhaling it as part of dust in the air. Up to 20 percent or more may enter your bloodstream and accumulate in your bones. Absorbed radium can also emit radiation and damage surrounding tissues.
Serious concerns also arise when radium breaks down, creating radon. In these cases, radon can diffuse into homes and other buildings. Often, individuals test for radon before purchasing a home. Private well water may also become contaminated.
Radium Complications Evolving Over Years
Several long-term complications can develop with long-term exposure to radium. These include:
- Lung cancer
- Bone, liver, and breast cancer
- Hematopoietic (blood-formation) diseases, such as leukemia
The medical treatments costs for cancer are high. If your cancer is caused by radium, you may want to contact a lawyer who can determine if some company is responsible for your exposure.
How Weitz & Luxenberg Can Help
As a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg is committed to helping clients win cases. For more than 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to holding irresponsible practitioners accountable, and we have won $17 billion for our clients.
We would feel privileged to assist you. For a free consultation and more information about your legal options, please call us at 800-476-6070. If you prefer, you can complete our form, and our client relations representative will contact you shortly.