Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Lawyer

A nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) lawyer is a personal injury attorney experienced at building, presenting and winning cases for individuals who develop nephrogenic systemic fibrosis as a result of:

  • exposure to an MRI contrast agent
  • use of immunosuppressant medications (such as those prescribed in the treatment of hepatitis C and certain cancers)

What is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis?

Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is a non-genetic condition in which fibrous cells develop in the connective tissues of the joints, eyes, skin and internal organs.

Serious and rare, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis is incurable and, without treatment, can be fatal – particularly if NSF progresses and prevents the internal organs from functioning properly.

What is an MRI Contrast Agent?

MRI contrast agents are dyes injected into patients prior to an MRI scan that ultimately depict the structure and/or function of an organ in the resulting image. Brand names of MRI contrast agents vary according to the manufacturer and include:

  • Magnevist
  • Multihancee
  • Omniscan
  • OptiMARK

The common ingredient all of these agents is a silvery-white metallic element known as gadolinium. Known to be toxic, gadolinium has a range of side effects, including:

  • blood clots
  • headache
  • hypotension (significantly low blood pressure)
  • lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • NSF (This is the most serious gadolinium side effect known to date.)
  • severe allergic reaction (characterized by hives, breathing difficulties and facial inflammation)

Individuals with the highest risk of developing gadolinium side effects are those with a history of kidney disorders.

NSF Symptoms and Diagnosis

To minimize the risk of developing a severe case of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, it's vital that patients:

  • Discuss their complete medical history with their doctor before undergoing an MRI or starting a course of immunosuppressant medication
  • Understand the types and symptoms of gadolinium side effects, particularly NSF

Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis symptoms may include:

  • burning and/or itchy skin
  • hardened, darkened, shiny skin
  • tight, sensitive skin that may be painful to the touch
  • loss of joint flexibility
  • joint pain (particularly deep pain in the hips or ribs)
  • impaired movement
  • muscle weakness
  • yellowed eyes

To confirm a case of NSF, doctors will examine a patient's skin cells under a microscope.

NSF Lawyer and Lawsuits

Anyone diagnosed with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis should seek immediate medical attention to prevent further health complications and save their lives.

Once their health is stable, it's also essential that injured patients meet with a nephrogenic systemic fibrosis lawyer to:

  • Find out if they have a legal claim and are entitled to a settlement
  • Learn more about the process of pursuing a nephrogenic systemic fibrosis lawsuit
  • Get estimates of possible settlement amounts, based on past cases similar to their own
  • Get advice about whether filing an individual case or joining a class action lawsuit is more appropriate for their needs and circumstances

Families of deceased NSF patients may also be entitled to settlements for their loss. Those who decide to pursue their case and stand up for their legal rights can win compensation for their:

  • funeral and burial costs
  • past hospital bills
  • ongoing treatment costs
  • lost wages
  • future living expenses
  • permanent disabilities
  • pain and suffering

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with NSF? If so, contact a nephrogenic systemic fibrosis lawyer who will thoroughly evaluate your case and fight to ensure you recover the compensation you need and deserve. Our NSF lawyers offer complimentary consultations to discuss the details of your case and determine the best possible legal option for your situation.

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Gadolinium Contrast Agents Required to Include New Warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a news release Sept. 9, 2010, requiring that contrast agents containing gadolinium carry a new warning on their labels because it can lead to nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF). Read More »

First Gadolinium Lawsuit Filed in U.S. Court

An Ohio woman has filed what is believed to be the first gadolinium lawsuit, claiming that the MRI dye Magnevist-made by Bayer-caused her 24-year-old son's death.
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Gadolinium-Based MRI Dyes Get Black Box Warning

The Food and Drug Administration has asked that a black box warning be added to all gadolinium-based MRI dyes to highlight the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, or NSF.
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