Gadolinium MRI Side Effects Lawsuits
Cleveland, Ohio March 25, 2009 -- Since February 2008, Federal Court litigation involving gadolinium MRI contrast agent side effects and nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) has been consolidated before Judge Dan Polster in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division. During this time, Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber gadolinium lawyers Peter J. Brodhead and William Hawal have been serving as Liaison Counsel for the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee and have taken the deposition testimony of several key witnesses. On March 6, 2009, Judge Polster announced that beginning on January 15, 2010, he will hold a series of four consecutive gadolinium lawsuit trials.
Cleveland Trials Set in Gadolinium-based MRI Contrast Agents Cases
Federal Court trials of gadolinium MRI contrast agent cases involving nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) will commence in early January, 2010 before United States District Court Judge Dan Aaron Polster in Cleveland, Ohio. Judge Polster has been presiding over all of the consolidated Federal Court gadolinium NSF cases from across the country since he was appointed as the MultiDistrict Litigation (MDL No. 1909) Judge for these cases in February, 2008. Currently, there are about 420 gadolinium NSF cases pending in his Court. Judge Polster has announced that he will conduct four trials in the first half of 2010 (Jan. 15, March 1, April 15, and June 1). (Ref: United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division - MDL No. 1909, Case No. 1:08 GD 5000)
Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber gadolinium lawyers Peter J. Brodhead and William Hawal have been appointed by the Court to serve as Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel, a role that serves to provide communication between the Court and other Plaintiffs' counsel, to advise parties of developments, and to assist in the coordination of case-related activities and scheduling. In addition, both Peter Brodhead and William Hawal have already cross-examined several key defense witnesses in their deposition testimony. They also will be actively involved in the upcoming trials.
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) is a Man Made Disease
"We are pleased to be at the forefront of this litigation on behalf of those whose lives, and whose families' lives, have been devastated by nephrogenic systemic fibrosis," says Peter J. Brodhead. "NSF is a man-made disease caused by certain gadolinium MRI contrast agents, and we intend to prove it." There already is consensus in the scientific literature that NSF most likely is caused by the release of highly toxic gadolinium from some MRI contrast agents. In renal failure patients the contrast agent stays in the body for a much longer period because of slower excretion. "There was a well-known and much safer way to make contrast agents so they would not release gadolinium", said Brodhead. "Some companies used the safer design, and others didn't. This litigation is about the gadolinium MRI contrast agent makers that were not careful."
Gadolinium MRI side effects - Do you or a family member have them?
If you have had a gadolinium MRI and have been diagnosed with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, you may be eligible for compensation. Information on how you can contact a gadolinium lawyer or file a gadolinium lawsuit is available at the end of this article.
To find out if you have a case, call 1-(877) 696-3303 to contact a gadolinium lawyer for a free consultation.
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Warning Signs of NSF / NFD Include:
- Hardening and tightening of the skin
- Red or dark patches on the skin
- Yellow spots on the whites of the eyes
- Stiffness in joints and trouble moving or straightening the arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Pain deep in the hip bones or ribs
- Muscle weakness
Seeking compensation if you have NSF
If you have been diagnosed with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, you may be eligible to collect money damages. The gadolinium attorneys at Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber have been leaders in the court litigation against the pharmaceutical companies whose MRI contrast agents have been linked to NSF. Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber partners Peter J. Brodhead and William Hawal have been appointed to serve as Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel for all of the Federal Court litigation, which is centered here in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Brodhead and Mr. Hawal also are actively participating in the taking of evidence in these cases.
To find out if you have a case, call 1-(877) 696-3303 or fill out the form to the right to contact one of Spangenberg's gadolinium lawyers.
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