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Cancer possibly caused by radiation exposure decades ago…

Submitted By: Mark (Atlanta, GA, U.S.A.)

When working for a company located in Georgia from 1986-1988 we purchased deionizing cartridges and installed them on air lines (near the air guns used to blow the cutting chips off of plastic sheeting after sawing them to size). The deionizing cartridges were designed to take the static charge out of the air, thus keeping the chips from clinging to the cut sheets of plastic.

After using them for a year or two, the company received a notice that the cartridges were faulty and may be leaking radiation. then a team of workers came in to the company fabrication facility where I worked, they used radiation test equipment to find and locate contaminated areas in our fabrication shop. A day or two later they returned to remove any contaminated materials (shelving, pallets, fabrication tables, etc.)

The employees including myself were never tested for exposure to the radiation even though we were using these air guns 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for a year or two. Twenty or so years later I was diagnosed with two primary types of cancer (rectal and prostate). I was asked by the doctors treating me for cancer if I was ever exposed to radiation.

I want to know if there were any lawsuits involving these deionizing products. How would I find this out? Is the company or manufacturer liable for employees being exposed to cancer-causing radiation? What can I do about this? Any information would be helpful, thanks.

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Dear Mark,

We researched your questions. It appears you were employed by an independent contractor at the time you may have been exposed to radiation. If your cancer can be linked to radiation exposure during the time you were dealing with the deionization cartridges, the possible liable parties would be your employer, the airline companies you provided services to, and the airport itself.

We were unable to find any specific lawsuits dealing with airline employee exposure to deionization products. You need to speak with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. It’s the only way to find out what kind of case you may have. Reputable attorneys won’t charge for an initial office consultation to discuss the facts of your case.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: May 11, 2013

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