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Bard PowerPort Lawsuit

The Bard PowerPort is supposed to help patients by making it easier to administer fluids or medications. However, Bard Access Systems, Inc. is facing PowerPort lawsuits because of malfunctions that have been linked to serious and even fatal injuries. Plaintiffs who are suing Bard have accused the company of receiving reports of injuries due to PowerPort failures but neglected to address them.

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If you or someone you love has suffered from injuries or complications due to a Bard PowerPort catheter, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Farah & Farah for a free consultation regarding your case. We charge no fees for representation, instead, we get paid only if you win. Our experienced attorneys specialize in fighting powerful medical device companies that may prioritize profits over people.

What Are Bard PowerPort Catheters?

Bard PowerPort catheters are implantable catheter devices used to administer fluid or medicine through the patient’s veins. It’s commonly used to administer treatments for cancers such as chemotherapy.

There are many types of catheters including urinary catheters, foley catheters, condom catheters, and Red Rubber catheters. Bard PowerPort catheters are considered a type of intravenous catheter. Although each catheter has its specific uses and purposes, the overall purpose of a catheter is to access the patient’s body to administer medications or to help the patient expel things from their body such as urine, semen, or blood.

Uses of an Intravenous Catheter

Intravenous catheters are most commonly used for therapeutic purposes such as the administration of medications, fluids, and blood products. It is especially helpful for patients who are dosed frequently (daily or weekly) over several days or weeks. This ensures that the patient is properly treated with the correct dosage. The Bard PowerPort, in particular, is frequently usedto administer chemotherapy medications to cancer patients.

Bard PowerPort Manufacturer & FDA Approval

The Bard PowerPort device is manufactured by Bard Access Systems Inc., more specifically their C. R. Bard division. C. R. Bard used to be a separate company but was acquired by BD in 2017 and is now the division responsible for making vascular access products such as dialysis and chemotherapy catheters and various other devices.

The FDA approved the Bard PowerPort catheters in 2000 to allow long-term access to patients who require repeated medications, IV fluid, blood products, and nutritional solutions. Despite theinjuries that have been linked to the device, it has not yet faced any recalls, either initiated by the company or by the FDA.

What Is the Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?

Bard PowerPort catheters have posed significant risks to patients due to their potential for malfunctioning. When the PowerPort malfunctions, it can lead to serious and even fatal injuries, prompting numerous families across the nation to initiate Bard PowerPort lawsuits. Plaintiffs who have already filed lawsuits against Bard claim that the company was aware of numerous reports of injuries related to the PowerPort device due to a faulty design but didn’t recall or modify the device.

Current Bard PowerPort Lawsuits

Bard PowerPort Lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation in the US District Court for the District of Arizona. The Bard PowerPort MDL lawsuit is ongoing, with the next hearing being scheduled for November 16, 2023.

Bard PowerPort Lawsuit Settlements

Since the lawsuit is still ongoing, there have been no recorded settlements made. Attorneys participating in the lawsuit project that potential settlement amounts could range between $10,000 to over $250,000 depending on the individual’s injuries and the direction of the litigation.

These are just projections based on past product liability lawsuits and the settlement amounts won’t be confirmed until after a verdict is made.

How Has the Bard PowerPort Catheter Failed?

Patients who have used the Bard PowerPort implantable ports have suffered a variety of injuriesbecause of the device malfunctions and failure to function properly. These malfunctions have led to serious consequences such as hazardous and fatal injuries in the form of catheter breakage, catheter movement or displacement, and catheter deterioration.

While some failures could be attributed to excessive force by the medical professional inserting it, the Bard PowerPort lawsuits have linked the following types of failure to a faulty design.

Catheter Breakage

If a catheter fractures inside the veins, the fragments can disperse within the body and lead to internal harm. In such cases, surgical intervention is necessary to extract the catheter fragments. Catheter breakage can be caused by excessive force being used during the catheter’s insertion or removal. This unusual stress on the catheter causes it to move in ways it is not used to, leading it to break.

Catheter Deterioration

Over time, catheters, just like all other materials, begin to deteriorate. Microscopic cracks may develop on the device, allowing bacteria and other harmful agents to enter the body. These unwanted particles can lead to health complications in the patient including infections. Catheter deterioration mostly occurs when a catheter is in the body for a prolonged time. While catheters are used for extended access to the body, it’s still necessary that they’re changed out for new catheters to avoid catheter deterioration and infections.

What Injuries Has Bard PowerPort Failure Caused?

Bard PowerPort catheters can malfunction and lead to serious injuries, infections, and health conditions. These injuries have been the source of Bard PowerPort lawsuits as many victims wish to get compensation for the unnecessary suffering they experienced.

Blood Infections

Blood infections, also known as blood poisoning, occur when there is a presence of germs in the bloodstream from an established infection elsewhere in the body. Untreated infection in the bloodstream can trigger sepsis which is a life-threatening response to a bacterial infection.
 
Symptoms of Blood Infections
The symptoms of blood infections are similar to symptoms of a common cold or flu and can include:
  • Chills and shivering
  • Sudden fever
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Low energy
  • Irritability
Symptoms that can indicate that the blood infection may be progressing to sepsis include:
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Extreme pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Clammy or sweaty skin
Complications of Blood Infections
As a blood infection progresses, it can lead to sepsis or septic shock. The vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidneys won’t get as much blood as they should.
Additionally, blood clots can form and blood vessels can burst, causing damage or full demolition of tissue in the body. Patients have a chance of recovering from mild sepsis, but the mortality rate for septic shock is 30%-40%.

Symptoms of Blood Infections

The symptoms of blood infections are similar to symptoms of a common cold or flu and can include:

  • Chills and shivering
  • Sudden fever
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing
  • Heart palpitations
  • Low energy
  • Irritability

Symptoms that can indicate that the blood infection may be progressing to sepsis include:

  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Extreme pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Clammy or sweaty skin

Complications of Blood Infections

As a blood infection progresses, it can lead to sepsis or septic shock. The vital organs such as the brain, heart, and kidneys won’t get as much blood as they should.

Additionally, blood clots can form and blood vessels can burst, causing damage or full demolition of tissue in the body. Patients have a chance of recovering from mild sepsis, but the mortality rate for septic shock is 30%-40%.

Sepsis

Sepsis occurs when the body doesn’t respond the right way to an infection. The bodily systems that should be fighting the infection instead turn on the body itself. If sepsis isn’t promptly treated, it can lead to organ damage or even death.
 
Symptoms of Sepsis
The symptoms of sepsis can include:
  • Shivering
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Sweating
  • Shallow breathing
  • Fast breathing
  • Mental status changes
  • Infection symptoms

Blood Clots (Thromboembolism)

Blood clots are gel-like clumps of blood that form in response to a cut or an injury. Typically, blood clots are necessary to stop external bleeding and to help a wound heal. However, when blood clots form within the patient’s veins, they can lead to serious health complications.
 
Symptoms of Blood Clots
Blood clots often lead to certain medical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Because of this, it’s important to recognize the symptoms of both of these conditions to get the appropriate medical attention.
 
DVT symptoms include:
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Redness of the skin
PE symptoms include:
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Faster than normal or irregular heartbeat
  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Coughing up blood
  • Very low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fainting
Complications of Blood Clots
Blood clots can block the blood flow in both the veins and arteries. The complications greatly depend on where the blood clot is located, but the most serious problems include:
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Serious breathing problems

Stroke

A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood supply is cut off or slowed. The cells in the brain rely on a steady blood flow just like everything else in the body and when it’s interrupted, brain cells can start to die, resulting in brain damage.
 
Symptoms of a Stroke
The symptoms of a stroke can include:
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty understanding others
  • Paralysis in the face, arm, or leg
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Difficulty seeing
  • Difficulty walking
  • Headache
  • Irregular heartbea

Cardiac Arrhythmia

Cardiac arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat. The irregularity could be a heartbeat that is faster than normal, slower than normal, or just inconsistent. It could feel like a fluttering or a pounding of the heart or you could feel like your heart is racing. In many cases, it’s normal and won’t have any adverse side effects. However, if it’s caused by something like a stroke, then it could be life-threatening.
 
Symptoms of Cardiac Arrhythmia
The symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia can include:
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Inconsistent heartbeat
  • Fluttering, racing, or pounding feeling in the chest
  • Fainting or nearly fainting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Tiredness

Necrosis

Necrosis occurs when one’s body tissue begins to do. When the cells in the tissues die, it can affect many different areas of the body such as the bones, skin, and organs. The dead body tissue can be removed, but it cannot be revitalized.
 
Symptoms of Necrosis
Symptoms of necrosis can vary depending on where the necrotic tissue is located. Symptoms of necrosis in kidneys can include:
  • Back pain
  • Bloody, cloudy, or dark urine
  • Painful or frequent urination
  • Urinating large amounts or often at night
When necrosis is stemming from a wound, the symptoms that occur include:
  • Severe pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Numbness or pain extending past the wound
  • Rapidly spreading redness from the wound
  • Pain and warmth around the wound
  • Skin blisters
  • A crackling sensation under the skin
  • Gray liquid draining from the wound
  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Excessive sweating
Complications of Necrosis
Untreated necrosis can lead to the condition spreading, killing off more tissue, and causing more medical problems. Eventually, the bone can collapse which can lead to arthritis. The spreading of necrosis can lead to excessive organ failure if left untreated.

Hemorrhage

A hemorrhage occurs when a blood vessel is damaged. They can range from minor (such as bruising) to severe and the bleeding can occur either outside or inside of the body. In the case of Bard PowerPort failures, a hemorrhage can occur internally, leading to internal bleeding.
 
Symptoms of a Hemorrhage
Symptoms of a severe hemorrhage can include:
  • Chest pain
  • Faster breathing
  • Faster heart rate
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Shock
  • Organ failure
  • Coma
  • Death

Internal Bleeding

Bleeding that isn’t seen on the outside of the body is classified as internal bleeding. This often happens in the stomach, brain, or chest cavity as a result of trauma or injury.
 
Symptoms of Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding is a sign of a serious medical issue and should be treated as a medical emergency. Some indicators of internal bleeding include:
  • Dizziness
  • Severe weakness
  • Fainting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Acute visual problems
  • Numbness
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Severe headache
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Complications of Internal Bleeding
Depending on the severity, untreated internal bleeding can lead to cardiac tamponade, hemorrhage, and in some cases even death. Even with treatment, severe internal bleeding can result in death. That’s why it’s extremely important to identify and treat internal bleeding in its early development.

Cardiac or Pericardial Tamponade

A tamponade occurs when the heart compresses because of the presence of fluid in the pericardial sac. This fluid can build up in the event of a Bard PowerPort failure as a result of internal bleeding that can occur.
 
Symptoms of Tamponade
The symptoms of tamponade can include:
  • Weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hypotension
  • Quiet heart sounds
  • Fast heart rate
  • Jugular vein distention
  • Cough
  • Loss of consciousness

Organ Perforation

An organ perforation is the complete penetration of an organ’s wall. During an operation, the patient can suffer an organ perforation due to error, negligence, equipment malfunction, or other complications.
 
Symptoms of Organ Perforation
Symptoms of an organ perforation may include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Infection
  • Low blood pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding or hemorrhaging
  • Severe and sudden pain
  • Bruising which can indicate internal bleeding
Complications of Organ Perforation
Failure to diagnose or treat organ perforation can cause severe internal damage and death. Infection can occur when the organ isn’t repaired and the substances within that organ can leak out. Once these leaked substances get into the bloodstream, this can lead to sepsis which can be deadly to the patient.

Do I Qualify for a Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?

If you were treated with a Bard PowerPort catheter, you could have a case against Bard Access Systems if you experienced one of the following conditions:
  • Cardiac or pericardial tamponade
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Infection
  • Hemorrhage
  • Device fracture
  • Stroke
  • Thromboembolism
  • Sepsis
  • Death of a loved one
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