Gadolinium Toxicity Lawsuit

Gadolinium Lawsuit Claims in the News

A gadolinium lawsuit filed by actor Chuck Norris and his wife made headlines in November 2017. The couple alleges that Gena Norris, Chuck Norris’ wife, suffered gadolinium poisoning after receiving injections prior to a series of MRI scans.

According to the gadolinium poisoning lawsuit, Gena Norris has suffered pain, burning, weakness, muscle contracture, and fatigue on a continued basis after the injections. They claim that the manufacturers of the contrast dye knew about the risks yet failed to warn patients.

Gadolinium Poisoning Compensation

The couple is seeking more than $10 million in gadolinium lawsuit compensation and damages for the suffering that Gena Norris has had to endure. They claim they have spent more than $2 million in medical expenses since she received her injections in 2012. Gena Norris underwent five MRIs over an eight-day period as part of her monitoring routine for rheumatoid arthritis. However, she soon experienced an intense burning sensation as well as a pounding heart.

Her husband took her to the emergency room several times during this period as her symptoms worsened. Gena Norris says she still suffers from periodic cramping in her hands as well as burning in her spine.

Gadolinium Dye Side Effects

In some instances, gadolinium does not leave the body as fast as the manufacturers of the agent claims. As a result, people have reported severe health problems due to gadolinium poisoning including illnesses and adverse reactions.

  • Gadolinium Retention
  • Kidney Damage
  • Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF)
  • Joint Contracture
  • Gadolinium Poisoning
  • Gadolinium Deposition Disorder (GDD)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning regarding the risk of people developing a kidney-related condition known as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) after receiving a gadolinium injection.

Which Gadolinium Dyes are Problematic?

MRI contrast dyes approved by the FDA that contain GBCA include:

Problematic Gadolinium Dye

ManufacturerDrug Name
BayerMagnavist, Gadavist
Mallinkcrodt or TycoOptiMark
Bracco DiagnosticsProHance, MultiHance
GE HealthcareClariscan

What is Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis and How Does Gadolinium Cause It?

NSF typically affects people who have pre-existing kidney issues. Symptoms will often mimic those of the skin condition scleroderma. These symptoms include darkening of large regions of the skin as well as thickening of skin. However, NSF can damage the lungs and heart as well as the kidneys. It can also lead to a condition known as joint contracture, which results in shortening of the tendons and muscles of joints throughout the body. In severe cases, it can lead to an inability to walk and can potentially be fatal. There is currently no known cure for the condition.

NSF Symptoms to Watch For After an MRI with Contrast Dye Injections

  • Red patches on the skin
  • Yellow spots on the white portion of the eyes
  • Pain in the ribs and hips
  • Difficulty straightening arms and legs

Another condition linked to gadolinium is known as gadolinium deposition disease.

What is Gadolinium Deposition Disease?

GDD is a condition in which gadolinium deposits remain in the body after an MRI is administered using gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA dye). Gadolinium deposits are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, and the damaging effects can be permanent and catastrophic. When gadolinium passes the blood-brain barrier to a fetus, the effects can be devastating. The same is true, however, with adults. Especially adults with pre-existing conditions. When gadolinium toxicity from accumulation in the brain occurs,  a person becomes ill and may exhibit “brain fog” after an MRI, which is one of the most common initial indications of Gadolinium Deposition Disease.

Are Repeat MRI Injection Side Effects Toxic?

Recent studies have shown that repeat GBCA dye injections during MRIs make patients more susceptible to gadolinium toxicity and poisoning. Although gadolinium has been cleared by the FDA as a safe, non-toxic or fatal MRI injection, people are coming forward with claims similar to Gena Norris’ news coverage.

Are There GDD Symptoms?

Yes, symptoms of GDD include, but are not limited to:

  • Severe Pain in the Arms or Legs
  • Headache
  • Bone Pain
  • Tendon & Ligament Thickening
  • Confusion
  • Joint Pain
  • Burning Pain Similar to Nerve Pain
  • Feeling of Tightness in Hands and Feet

Symptoms will typically develop within hours, days, or months after the MRI contrast dye is injected.  Additionally, these symptoms can be chronic for the individual suffering from GDD.

Contact an Attorney for Gadolinium Toxicity

If you or someone you love has experienced adverse side effects after receiving a gadolinium injection prior to an MRI, contact Baron & Budd right away. We can be reached by calling (866) 347-7765 or online to learn more about your potential legal options. We will provide you with a confidential consultation and evaluate your case, at no upfront costs to you.


There are many potential legal claims for victims of gadolinium illnesses including nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (commonly referred to as NSF), gadolinium deposition disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, pain, and joint contracture.

Lawsuit Against the Pharmaceutical Company that Manufactured the Gadolinium Drug
Medical Malpractice Claim Against Doctor for Misdiagnosing Gadolinium Retention
Wrongful Death Claim Against Pharmaceutical Company and/or Doctor for Fatality
Negligence claims may be made against the drug manufacturer seeking compensatory damages. There may be possible medical malpractice claims available in some cases as well if the GDD or gadolinium retention was misdiagnosed by a professional who should have known the signs of gadolinium toxicity.

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