Bard PowerPort Injury Lawsuits

Lawyers are filing claims for those injured by defective Bard implantable chest and arm venous catheter ports.

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Lawsuits may be organized into a special multidistrict Bard PowerPort court. Those who have suffered the following injuries should inquire:

  • Catheter fractures or breaks
  • Embolism of fragments into heart or arteries
  • Blood clots and thrombosis
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Arterial leakage
  • Cardiac perforation
  • Infection.

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In 2000 the FDA approved the Bard PowerPort implantable catheter to allow long-term access for patients requiring repeated medications, IV fluids, parenteral nutrition solutions, and blood products. These devices are commonly used to administer chemotherapy treatments.

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Bard PowerPort Catheter Injuries

Recently, the FDA uncovered reports showing that over 10,000 patients have suffered injuries or side effects from the Bard catheters. Before 2019, Bard had filed 90% of these injury reports in a special Alternative Summary Reporting program, hidden from doctors and the public.

Experts have discovered a defect in the PowerPort stemming from the Chronoflex polyurethane material that makes up the flexible catheter tubing component. Chemical design flaws of the tubing could make it more likely to crack or have pieces break off.

Some of the injuries linked to catheter fracturing and migration include:

  • Bacterial growth and infections
  • Embolism of fragments into heart or arteries
  • Blood clots and thrombosis
  • Life-threatening tachycardia
  • Arterial leakage
  • Cardiac perforation.

Unfortunately, Bard has known of the dangers of the PowerPort design for years as well as the existence of safer alternative designs. However, they continue to sell the device without proper warning or recall. Now, lawyers believe they’ll face liability to thousands of injured patients.

Do I Qualify for a Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?

Lawyers claim Bard is liable for injuries or death caused by their PowerPort catheters since they’ve known of the dangers and safer design alternatives since the product was launched.

They utilized a fast-track FDA approval process called 510k instead of fully testing the safety of the PowerPorts. And, even after learning of the dangers they haven’t altered or recalled the device.

Lawyers have begun filing Bard PowerPort lawsuits in federal and state courts and have asked a Judicial Panel to organize all claims to a special multidistrict litigation (MDL) court for faster handling. They expect thousands of patients may be eligible to file lawsuits in this MDL court.

If you received a Bard PowerPort catheter and have suffered any of the following injuries, you may qualify for a lawsuit:

  • Catheter fractures or breaks
  • Embolism of fragments into heart or arteries
  • DVT, Pulmonary Embolism or stroke
  • Dangerously high heart rate
  • Arterial leakage
  • Cardiac perforation
  • Blood Infection.

Sometimes, victims have suffered these symptoms for years without knowing the cause. Therefore, if you are experiencing side effects, it is important to speak with your doctor to find out what type of catheter you received.

It is also important to speak with a lawyer who can secure your medical records and help you investigate a case before it’s too late. Contact us today to speak directly with a lawyer about your claim.

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Timeline of Bard PowerPort Lawsuits

Latest Information on the Bard PowerPort Litigation

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation scheduled to review request to centralize cases.
Lawyers request to centralize all Bard implanted port lawsuits in one Federal Court.
The FDA formally ends the Alternative Summary Reporting (ASR) Program, exposing over 9,000 injury reports previously withheld by Bard from doctors and the public.
Bard files 87% of all adverse event reports submitted through the ASR program.
Bard reports only 1,200 adverse events among PowerPort patients in the public MAUDE Database, but over 9,000 in the hidden ASRProgram.
Bard receives FDA 510k approval without conducting additional safety testing.
Hecker study shows higher rate of thrombosis in polyurethane catheters.

Is There a Bard PowerPort Class Action Lawsuit?

While there is no single class action lawsuit for Bard catheter injuries, a federal judicial panel is expected to centralize cases, meaning those affected may band their individual cases together in a special court to seek damages against the company.

The Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation routinely consolidates cases that have similar injuries and damages filed against one company into specific federal MDL courts.

This form of venue, called a multidistrict litigation court (MDL), is actually more beneficial for consumers than a class action lawsuit. In a class action lawsuit, one group of lawyers often gathers together class participants who must share whatever is awarded. However, the individual participants in an MDL are able to select their own lawyer, exercise more control over their case and whether it settles, and reap higher award amounts for their separate lawsuit.

The latest news is that the JPML panel will hold a hearing to decide whether to centralize the Bard catheter cases, and if so, which Federal Court District to do so.

Lawyers expect that if the Bard catheter lawsuits are combined in a Federal MDL, thousands of victims will learn of the litigation and come forward.

DrugNews works only with lawyers that are integrally involved in medical device MDL litigation or are active on the influential MDL Plaintiff Steering Committees.

Choosing a Catheter Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or had to undergo repeat surgeries after receiving a Bard PowerPort catheter, it’s important to have your case examined by a legal expert to see if you have the right to recover damages.

Our qualified medical device injury lawyers will fully investigate your case, reviewing medical records, safety warnings and recent studies that your doctor may not normally discuss.

Most states allow you several years to file a lawsuit after you suffer an injury or discover it may be linked to a dangerous product. However, you should begin the process as early as possible to make sure your lawyer has time to get necessary records and prepare your case.  

DrugNews works only with attorneys and law firms that have successfully handled tens of thousands of lawsuits involving injury or death from drugs and medical devices. And, we can connect you directly to a lawyer or patient advocate today, so you’ll be able to decide if you want to proceed.  

We make it easy to get help, find out if you qualify, and quickly file a claim. Our service is offered at no cost to you, and you won’t pay anything to your attorney unless you receive an award. Also, our qualified lawyers can handle most aspects of your case without you ever having to leave your home.  

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