A Pennsylvania medical malpractice jury awarded the total amount of $10.8 million to a man who suffered a catastrophic brain injury from an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used during an MRI. The complaint alleged that the MRI technician negligently failed to timely notify the doctor who could have saved him from suffering permanent brain damage. The medical malpractice jury’s determination of damages included approximately $6.4 million for future medical expenses and $2.9 million for past and future noneconomic damages such as pain, suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
The Pennsylvania medical malpractice trial lasted six days after which the jury deliberated for two-and-a-half hours before returning its verdict in favor of the plaintiff, on August 25, 2020.
The medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by the father of the 45-year-old patient. His son now requires 24-hour care and supervision. The plaintiff’s Pennsylvania medical malpractice attorney stated after the verdict, “They’ve been through hell in the last four years caring for their 45-year-old son. So to finally know there is some money to help take care of him will be life-changing, just as their son’s injury was to begin with.”
Source Charles Timothy Miller v. Kelly Biggs M.D. et al., Case Number 2018 GN 2849, Court of Common Pleas of Blair County, Pennsylvania.
According to RadiologyInfo.org: “Contrast materials, also called contrast agents or contrast media, are used to improve pictures of the inside of the body produced by x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and ultrasound. Often, contrast materials allow the radiologist to distinguish normal from abnormal conditions.
Contrast materials are not dyes that permanently discolor internal organs. They are substances that temporarily change the way x-rays or other imaging tools interact with the body.
When introduced into the body prior to an imaging exam, contrast materials make certain structures or tissues in the body appear different on the images than they would if no contrast material had been administered. Contrast materials help distinguish or “contrast” selected areas of the body from surrounding tissue. By improving the visibility of specific organs, blood vessels or tissues, contrast materials help physicians diagnose medical conditions.”
“Gadolinium is the key component of the contrast material most often used in magnetic resonance (MR) exams. When this substance is present in the body, it alters the magnetic properties of nearby water molecules, which enhances the quality of MR images.”
“[G]adolinium is less likely to produce an allergic reaction than the iodine-based materials used for x-rays and CT scanning. Very rarely, patients are allergic to gadolinium-based contrast materials and experience hives and itchy eyes. Reactions usually are mild and easily controlled by medication. Severe reactions are rare.”
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury (or worse) due to contrast dye in Pennsylvania or in another U.S. state, you should promptly find a medical malpractice lawyer in Pennsylvania or in your state who may investigate your contrast dye malpractice claim for you and represent you or your loved one in a contrast dye medical malpractice case, if appropriate.
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