Radiation errors on Minnesota cancer patients are a topic of investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health following a reported mistake at a St. Cloud cancer treatment center that left a woman partly paralyzed. If you or a loved one have been injured by errant cancer treatment radiation, contact an attorney at our law firm for a free case consultation and discussion of your legal rights. Even if your injuries weren’t severe, you may have cause for a Minnesota malpractice lawsuit.
Cancer centers in Minnesota are required to self-report their radiation mistakes when unintended exposures to healthy tissue are significant. According to Health Department records reviewed by Minneapolis news reporters, there have been 26 such “medical events” since 2006 in Minnesota alone. In that time, the St. Cloud treatment center has made six reports, including three in 2014. An internal review at the St. Cloud cancer treatment center this year prompted officials there to write letters to some patients, improve protocols and change personnel in the radiation oncology department, the center’s CEO told the Star Tribune.
Assessments of errors and error rates are not new to radiation treatment centers. Patient safety is paramount and any cancer patient who has been the subject of misdirected radiation deserves to be notified immediately by the cancer center. If you have received such a notice and are concerned about apparent affects on your health, a lawyer at our firm will listen and explain your legal options as part of a free consultation.