A Louisiana woman has filed a cold therapy lawsuit against DeRoyal Industries, Inc., alleging that using one of the company’s devices led her to suffering permanent tissue damage injury.
The product liability lawsuit was filed by Toleda Rotolo in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana earlier this month.
Rotolo, who used a DeRoyal T505 cold therapy unit for her left knee from November 2009 to January 2010 claims the machine led her to suffer an injury that will necessitate extensive and ongoing medical care.
According to the lawsuit, the DeRoyal T505 Cold Therapy Unit (CTU) is a defective medical device, which can lead to tissue and nerve damage. Rotolo alleges that company released an unreasonably dangerous product and failed to provide adequate warnings for patients or health care professionals about the risk of cold therapy problems. She is seeking damages for pain, suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, disfigurement and physical impairment.
The claim is one of an increasing number of lawsuits regarding cold therapy, or cryotherapy, that have been filed in courts throughout the United States, particularly involving issues with consumer-operated machines designed for home use.
The charges are much like a cold therapy lawsuit filed in April by another woman in Texas, who dealt with damage to her foot after using the DeRoyal T600. Cold therapy units are made to treat pain and swelling by exposing the injured areas to hours of heat and cold. The machines are designed to work in a variety of ways.
Cold therapy restricts blood flow to the injured area, slows down nerve impulses that tell you that you are in pain and also works as distraction pain, pulling the mind’s focus away from the injury to the sensation of cold.
However, there have been a number of reports of cold therapy problems associated with the devices, including frostbite, skin damage, nerve damage, and a risk of limb amputation.
In addition to DeRoyal Cold Therapy Units, several similar products are available from different manufacturers, including DonJoy Iceman, BREG PolarCare, EBIce, Aircase Cryo Cuff, and Game Ready
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