In San Francisco, California, on Wednesday, Chuck Norris, the action star, filed a claim against medical device manufacturers that states that the chemical used in MRI scans allegedly poisoned his wife. Apparently, the contrast agents used to diagnose physical ailments during an MRI, and injected before the scan, contain the metal gadolinium. The MRI scans left Gena Norris in a weakened and fatigued state, with debilitating pain, and excessive burning sensations. Although the gadolinium-based contrast dyes for MRIs have been used since the 1980s, and the FDA deemed the chemical safe, numerous lawsuits have been filed. The lawsuit states that the illnesses that result from the use of the MRI chemical are often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed, and that the manufacturers were aware of the risks but failed to warn patients.
MRIs provide a valuable interior picture of physical ailments that otherwise may be undetectable to the naked eye. Unfortunately, if the contrast agents used to increase the visibility of the scan are adversely affecting patients, and leaving them with debilitating illnesses, action must be taken by the manufacturers. Manufacturers must be responsible for warning consumers of the risks associated with a product they developed, and for ceasing the distribution of the product if it is causing medical conditions that threaten the lives of unsuspecting victims.
If you or someone you love developed health issues due to a defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our Philadelphia product liability lawyers at McCann & Wall, LLC at 215-569-8488 or contact us online. Our lawyers represent clients in Pennsylvania, including Delaware County and Chester County, as well as in Delaware, and New Jersey.