Gadolinium attorneys represent individuals harmed by gadolinium-based contrasting agents (GBCAs), which have been used to enhance MRI scans since 1988. Although GBCAs are in some ways beneficial, they can also trigger the development of some severe health complications. One of the most serious gadolinium side effects is nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF).
At Bernstein Liebhard LLP, our gadolinium attorneys represent individuals who’ve developed NSF as a result gadolinium use during an MRI.
Gadolinium Side Effects: NSF
Any patient who receives an injection of a gadolinium agent may experience the following mild side effects:
- Hives and itchiness
- Pain at the site of injection
- Shortness of breath (this side effect is generally the result of an allergic reaction to gadolinium)
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For most, these side effects are temporary and will dissipate as the patient’s kidneys cleanse gadolinium from the body.
However, some patients, namely those with pre-existing kidney conditions, are also at a high risk of developing NSF, a skin condition that causes scar tissue to form on the skin and/or connective tissues of the body (the muscles, nerves, cartilage, etc.).
As NSF progresses, it causes the skin to thicken, tighten and redden (or darken). Over time, the buildup of scar tissue in the connective tissues limits a patient’s mobility and, without treatment, can cause death.
Sadly, no cure can eliminate NSF once patients develop it. In the absence of a cure, NSF treatment involves medications and various therapies to ease symptoms and prevent the condition from progressing. Because NSF is a serious condition that requires lifelong treatment, any patient who has developed it after receiving a gadolinium injection should seek medical care and legal help.
How a Gadolinium Attorney Can Help
NSF patients may wish to consider consulting a gadolinium attorney to learn more about obtaining compensation through a lawsuit. If you have been diagnosed with NSF, one of our gadolinium attorneys can determine if you are eligible to recover compensation for:
- Your medical costs
- Any lost income or loss of earning capacity
- Your pain and suffering
- Other related losses
Contact our gadolinium attorneys today to schedule a FREE consultation and learn more about your legal options.