The man who filed the complaint suffers from renal disease and began dialysis in 2004. In January 2005, in preparation for an MRI at St. Luke's Hospital, he was administered a contrast dye. A year and a half later, on August 25, 2006, he underwent an MRI "with and without contrast" at St. Luke's. He underwent two more MRAs at St. Luke's--one in October 2007 and the other in November 2007--both of which required the use of a contrast agent.
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The lawsuit asserts a medical malpractice claim against St. Luke's Hospital, alleging that the hospital was negligent when it administered gadolinium-based contrast dyes to a patient with renal failure. The suit also asserts that the unknown makers of the dyes, "John Does," are strictly liable for the patient's injury because they defectively designed the contrast agents and knowingly failed to warn consumers about the health risks. Finally, the suit alleges that the products were negligently designed and that the companies negligently and fraudulently represented to patients that they were safe. The plaintiff seeks actual and punitive damages.