The family of an Iowa woman who died during a CT scan filed a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice after the tragic incident. After hearing the facts of the case, the jury agreed that her doctors had made mistakes that caused her injuries and ultimately her death, and they awarded the family $29.5 million in damages. The woman had gone to a medical center in Sioux Center, Iowa for a CT scan. After being administered contrast dye for the procedure, she had a severe allergic reaction and went into shock. Her doctor failed to administer the correct medication to reverse the allergic reaction, and the woman died as a result. The woman’s family hired an experienced Iowa lawyer to litigate the case. If you have been injured by the mistake of a doctor in Massachusetts, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyer who may be able to file a Massachusetts medical malpractice lawsuit on your behalf.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Not all injuries after medical treatment are due to medical malpractice. Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or health care provider makes a mistake in the course of treatment that causes injury to a patient. Doctors are held to a certain standard of conduct due to the importance of the work they do. When treatment provided to a patient falls below that standard and causes injury, medical malpractice has occurred. For example, this can happen when a doctor fails to administer the correct medication or to follow the correct protocol in an emergency medical situation. If you have been injured by the mistake of a doctor, it is a good idea to consult with a lawyer to determine if you have a medical malpractice case.
Can CT Scan Contrast Dye be Dangerous?
There are dangers associated with the use of contrast dyes during an MRI scan. One danger is an allergic reaction to the medication. These reactions can oftentimes be severe and if not treated correctly can lead to further complications. Another danger associated with contrast dye involves one of the ingredients commonly used in the dye called gadolinium. Gadolinium is a metallic substance used in contrast dye to improve the quality of the pictures taken during an MRI.
Recent studies have shown that the substance can stay in the brain after the MRI and cause serious and debilitating side effects such as memory loss, severe pain in the joints, and trouble walking. Many patients who have been administered gadolinium-based contrast dye and suffered injury have filed gadolinium lawsuits alleging they were not adequately warned of these potential dangers.
Contact an Experienced Massachusetts Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the medical mistake of a doctor, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, among other losses. It is important to hire an experienced Massachusetts medical malpractice lawyer to handle your case and make sure you receive all the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us 24/7 toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online for a free (no obligation) evaluation of your medical malpractice claim.