Whether your body is adversely affected by radiation exposure depends on a number of factors, such as the type of radiation, the amount of radiation that your body was exposed to, the method of exposure, and your sensitivity to radiation.
Employees who work for any of Louisiana’s oil and gas companies are at heightened risk of being exposed to TENORM radiation. This also places the families of Louisiana workers at risk, as radiation can travel between individuals in close proximity. Children, pregnant women, and those who are immunocompromised might be at increased risk of feeling radiation exposure symptoms.
A 2020 Rolling Stone story describes the experiences of an Ohio man named Peter while working as a waste trucker for the oil and gas industry. Only after roughly four years on the job did Peter learn that the waste he had been hauling was radioactive. Peter demanded an explanation from his supervisor, only to be told that the radioactivity of the waste was harmless. Peter chose to investigate the safety of the waste himself, sending several samples of it to the Center for Environmental Research and Education at Duquesne University for testing. The results proved Peter’s suspicions correct-- much of the waste in Peter’s truck was over fifty times more toxic than the maximum toxicity allowed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Though Peter had not developed symptoms associated with radiation exposure at the time of publication, he describes watching many of his coworkers become ill, eventually facing cancer diagnoses. Based on his observations, Peter expects that he, too, will experience symptoms within the next fifteen years or so, as these symptoms often take time to emerge.
Many workers like Peter in the oil and gas industry remain unaware of the risk of radiation exposure in their jobs. Therefore, it is critical that workers who suspect that they have been exposed to radiation seek help before serious illness occurs. Contact us at The Falcon Law Firm and we will review your work history, connect you with healthcare specialists, and ensure that your rights, health, and your family’s future are protected.