Herrman & Herrman August 2018

august 2018

www.herrmanandherrman.com • 844.567.6399 1201 3rd St, Corpus Christi, TX 78404 • 4121 N 23rd St, McAllen, TX 78504

Doing More for You Than Ever Before

I t has been a busy summer for everyone here at our offices in both McAllen and Corpus Christi — and now, in San Antonio. That’s right, we have officially expanded into San Antonio. The firm keeps growing, and we can help more people than ever before. In fact, we’re even handling cases in California, Georgia, and Florida. Back in McAllen, Texas, we purchased a building to accommodate our offices down there. We had been leasing a couple of buildings, but we decided it was time to settle into a permanent location. We’ve got everyone moved in, and it’s been a great transition. As part of our overall growth, we’ve also become a member of Law Tigers. Law Tigers is national network of attorneys who specialize in motorcycle accidents. Not all law firms can become members. The Law Tigers require a number of qualifications in order to become part of their elite network. The Law Tigers also expect that firms have certain resources and experience among their staff — all of which we have. We’re thrilled to be a part of this amazing group. It’s yet another great resource for anyone involved in a motorcycle accident. Another big initiative we recently rolled out is taking on gadolinium cases. If you’ve ever had an MRI or other similar scan, you’ve probably heard of gadolinium. Over the past few years, there have been a number of controversies over gadolinium— specifically, gadolinium contrast agents used in MRIs. Gadolinium is a rare earth metal and is most commonly used in the medical field. The metal is an ingredient in MRI contrast agents. These agents are a type of liquid injected into the body before an MRI. The agent accumulates in fractures, lesions, and tumors, making them easier to see on scans.

While the contrast agent is helpful for doctors, it turns out not all of these gadolinium contrast agents are created equal. Some are safe, but some might not be, as both doctors and patients are learning. In the past, people were told that the agent would leave the body in a few days to a week. It was nothing to worry about. Unfortunately, a version of this agent was accumulating in some people. It wasn’t leaving the body as expected and was causing problems. In some cases, people weren’t warned or they were misled about the side effects of gadolinium-based agents. There was even a study in 2014 that showed gadolinium had accumulated in a patient’s brain. In 2017, there was high-profile case involving actor Chuck Norris. He filed a lawsuit against firms involved in the sale and distribution of the MRI contrast agent. He alleged that they had poisoned his wife, who had several MRIs the year before. Common side effects include headaches and nausea, but symptoms can vary from person to person. In the Norris lawsuit, symptoms were listed as “burning pain, violent shaking, numbness, tingling, weakness, cognitive deficits, kidney damage, and trouble breathing.” That said, if you or a loved one has had an MRI and suspects gadolinium toxicity, you now have representation. You can do something about it and put a lot of that worry behind. If you have questions about this, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We have a great group of lawyers at our offices who handle all kinds of injury cases, from small car accidents all the way up to those involving 18-wheelers. They’re a talented and sharp group of people, with an incredible amount of experience. They’ve been doing a great job and have been working pretty damn hard for our clients — and they’ll continue to do so!

–Gregory Herrman




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