Many doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to search for diseases and injuries in patients. However, there is increasing evidence that contrast agents containing gadolinium, used to improve imaging, risk patients' lives. Gadolinium exposes them to the risk of developing organ problems, including a kidney condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis. If you were injured in North or South Carolina as a result of exposure to gadolinium in a contrast agent, you may be able to sue for damages. You should consult the North Carolina and South Carolina gadolinium injury lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson about whether you may have a claim.What is Gadolinium?
Magnetic resonance imaging is an imaging technique that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to generate pictures of the internal structures of the body. Someone is put inside a large machine for 30-60 minutes. The images obtained while the patient is inside an MRI machine can be used to diagnose medical conditions. Often, they are used to identify injuries, but they are also used to identify stroke, dementia, spinal tumors, multiple sclerosis, dementia, and other conditions. To create an image, gadolinium contrast agents are used.
Gadolinium is a chemical element that is used to improve the quality of the images taken in an MRI machine. It is injected near the scan site in many MRI scans. There are several manufacturers that make the gadolinium-based contrast.Gadolinium Toxicity and Serious Injuries
Gadolinium-based contrast can result in many kinds of mild side effects, including allergic reactions, inflammation, vomiting, dizziness, itchiness, headaches, and nausea. Most patients with ordinary kidney function excrete the gadolinium. Although gadolinium is toxic in a free state, it is chelated for use in contrast agents, which means that its toxicity is reduced. It was considered to be safe compared to other contrast agents.
However, our North Carolina and South Carolina gadolinium injury attorneys have learned that gadolinium is linked to a serious, debilitating condition called nephrogenic system fibrosis. This is a systemic problem that causes connective tissues to thicken and harden. Sometimes skin swells in the extremities, such that people who are significantly afflicted might not be able to totally extend their joints or walk. They may experience muscle weakness, joint stiffening, and darkened skin patches. The fibrosis may occur in the internal organs or eyes. This is a condition without a known treatment, and if the symptoms worsen, the result may be death.
There are multiple names used to market gadolinium contrast, including Omniscan, Magnevist, OptiMARK, and Multihance. All of its manufacturers have been asked by the FDA to issue warning labels about the risk of developing nephrogenic system fibrosis. The FDA also asked manufacturers to determine how much of a risk the contrast presents to people with kidney diseases.Liability for Gadolinium Injuries
Our Gadolinium injury attorneys can help North Carolina and South Carolina patients bring claims for damages if they suffered nephrogenic system fibrosis after being exposed to a gadolinium-based contrast in an MRI. A claim may be based on marketing, manufacturing, or design defects.
Under North Carolina law, you will need to show that the manufacturer was negligent in order to recover damages. There is no strict liability recovery allowed. If you succeed, you may be able to recover damages for your pain and suffering, as well as the costs of the medical treatment and any out-of-pocket costs required to address the effects of the gadolinium exposure.
In South Carolina, you can bring a products liability claim based on strict liability, negligence, or breach of warranty. You will need to show that you were injured by the gadolinium contrast, the injury happened because the contrast was defective and made the product unreasonably dangerous, and the contrast was essentially in the same condition as it was when it left the manufacturer of the contrast.Consult an Experienced Products Liability Attorney
If you were injured as a result of gadolinium exposure, you may have a viable claim against a manufacturer. The experienced attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson may be able to represent you. We represent clients in communities such as Asheville, Franklin, Rutherfordton, Waynesville, Spruce Pine, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Gaffney. Call us at 1-800-533-6845 or use our online form to set up an appointment with a gadolinium injury lawyer in North Carolina or South Carolina.