MRI Dye/Gadolinium Lawsuits: Attorney Provides Advice To Those Exposed

Gadolinium, the contrast dye used in MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) and MRAs (magnetic resonance angiography) has been linked to a debilitating disease known as Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) or Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy (NFD). We asked Dan Thornburgh, a Florida attorney whose practice focuses in drug and medical device litigation, for advice on what to do when you’ve been exposed to gadolinium.

Florida Attorney Dan Thornburgh

What should someone do if they’ve been exposed to gadolinium? Thornburgh told us:

If they’ve just been exposed but don’t have symptoms, I would advise them to consult with their doctor about any exposure that increases their risk. They should certainly be aware of the symptoms such as tightening of the skin, limited walking, contractures, reflection and tension problems. If someone with renal or kidney problems who was exposed to it starts to develop these symptoms, they should immediately contact their doctor as well as an experienced attorney.

Thornburgh says that the problem in some instances is that individuals may not know that they have renal insufficiency. He explained, “They may think they have a healthy kidney, but then start to develop these symptoms. There are tests that a doctor can do to determine if NSF is the condition causing these symptoms. Their doctor can determine if doing a punch biopsy is warranted to diagnose the condition.”

How an attorney can help

Thornburgh says an attorney can help in three ways. “First, we’ll do everything we can to make this process easy and fair for you and we will aggressively represent you against the manufacturer. The second would be that if you’ve been harmed by a manufacturer who caused your injury and knew or should have known that their product was going to hurt you, then you should let them know that this isn’t allowed and that you’re going to take a stance against a corporation who may have put profits before your safety and your health.”

Finally, an experienced drug litigation attorney will use a variety of experts to find out what caused your condition. Thornburgh’s firm will talk to nephrologists, epidemiologists and other folks that are familiar with the mechanism of action and how gadolinium can cause this condition.