The attorneys at the Dickerson Oxton Law Firm in Kansas City are investigating lawsuits concerning gadolinium exposure. If you or a loved one suffered medical complications after exposure to gadolinium, contact our firm today to learn more about your possible legal options.
Why Choose Dickerson Oxton?
- The Dickerson Oxton Law Firm believes in a client-focused approach to legal representation. We know that toxic exposure can cause devastating damage in many ways
and we work diligently to help families recover from mounting medical bills and other damages.
- We have a success rate greater than 98%. Our firm has the experience and resources to handle the most complex toxic tort cases and has a strong record of success in various practice areas.
- We understand that some people may believe they cannot afford legal representation, even when they truly need it. Therefore, we offer contingency fee billing to our clients. A contingency fee means you only pay legal fees if we win your case.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
A gadolinium exposure lawsuit is heavily reliant on scientific data and familiarity with toxic torts, a specialized area of law dealing with damages resulting from exposure to toxic substances. The average person who has suffered medical complications from gadolinium exposure will not have the time, money, or energy to handle such a complex legal undertaking. An attorney can handle an injured plaintiff’s legal issues, while he or she focuses on recovery.
Potential Damage From Gadolinium
Gadolinium is a chemical agent used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) procedures. Powerful magnets alternate on and off repeatedly to cause the protons in the human body to align and then return to their original positions, and the chemical agents used in the patient’s body help track the movement of these particles in the body. Gadolinium helps make these images clearer, but the substance is naturally toxic to humans, so it requires combination with other substances to limit its negative side effects.
However, gadolinium can cause several adverse health effects after repeated use. Because of a 1% retention factor, any patient who undergoes an MRI procedure runs the risk of retaining trace amounts of this toxic substance in the body. Gadolinium can also affect renal function, damage the kidneys, and alter the function of the blood-brain barrier. Some patients display symptoms relatively quickly after gadolinium exposure and some are asymptomatic.
Additionally, patients with diminished renal function seem to be at a higher risk of developing negative side effects. The potential to develop a fatal condition called nephrogenic systemic fibrosis exists, which is a condition that prevents complete removal of the gadolinium in the patient’s system due to renal insufficiency from gadolinium retention. This condition can cause shortening of muscles and tendons, kidney problems, and a host of other negative symptoms.
Succeeding in Your Gadolinium Lawsuit
If you or a loved one suffered any adverse side effects from exposure to gadolinium or a gadolinium-based contrast agent, you may have grounds for a claim against the manufacturer. When product manufacturers fail to properly disclose the potential hazards of the products they sell, they are accountable for the resulting damages. Plaintiffs in successful lawsuits for gadolinium exposure can secure compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
The attorneys at the Dickerson Oxton Law Firm in Kansas City understands that many people need MRI procedures for various medical reasons. When these individuals suffer renal disease or gadolinium retention symptoms due to the contrast agents used in MRI procedures, we can help them determine their best legal options for recovery.
Contact our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. Once we assess the details of your situation, we can let you know how our firm can help and what to expect from filing a lawsuit.