Bard PowerPort Lawyer

Medical professionals use catheters to administer antibiotics or fluids, take blood samples, and perform transfusions. But sometimes, these catheters prove more hazardous than helpful. For example, medical device manufacturer Penumbra recalled one of its catheter models after multiple complications. Now, patients report serious injuries caused by another catheter device, the Bard PowerPort. Individuals have filed lawsuits nationwide due to the high risk of catheter fraction, infection, and migration associated with the Bard PowerPort device. Has a Bard PowerPort injured you or a loved one? Reach out today to speak with a Bard PowerPort lawyer at The Lake Law Firm to learn how we can help you. 

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals harmed by the Bard PowerPort device. Patients have reported several adverse health complications, such as blood clots and infections, related to the defective catheter systems. Call (888) 525-3529 or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page today to speak with a Bard PowerPort lawyer at our firm. 

What Is the Bard PowerPort Device? 

The Bard PowerPort is an implantable port created by Bard Access Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of the multinational medical device company BD. This port is roughly the size of a quarter and carries medicine into the bloodstream. The device consists of two components: a silicone catheter and an injection port. Medical professionals insert the PowerPort beneath the skin of the arm or chest to reduce the frequency of injections. Meanwhile, the long catheter connects to the port and travels to the heart. Next, doctors connect the PowerPort to a catheter placed inside the large vein that carries blood to the heart.

The Bard PowerPort is ideal for those who require frequent or long-term IV treatments because it allows for easier access and faster injections. The company designed the catheter so that medical professionals could effortlessly take blood or give medicine through a special needle that accesses the port. 

Bard claims the PowerPort can withstand higher injection pressure and rapid injections compared to other similar port devices. Furthermore, the device allows for multiple needles, so doctors can administer more than one treatment.  

Bard PowerPort Complications 

Although the Bard PowerPort seems like an innovative piece of technology, reports have surfaced concerning dangerous complications associated with the Bard PowerPort. This device presents a higher risk of catheter failure compared to other implantable port systems. The catheter can degrade, which may result in life-threatening consequences for patients. Individuals with a Bard PowerPort may experience: 

  • Catheter fracture – the catheter breaks inside the vein.  
  • Infection – bacteria may enter through small cracks in the catheter. It is difficult for the body to fight pathogens inside the catheter. 
  • Catheter migration – the whole catheter dislodges from the original placement and travels throughout the body. 

Catheter migration or fractures may necessitate emergency surgery to avoid serious internal damage to vital organs.

Bard PowerPort Injuries

Catheter fracture, infection, and catheter migration can result in significant and sometimes fatal adverse health effects. These issues caused by PowerPort failure may result in: 

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Hematomas 
  • Cardiac punctures
  • Necrosis of tissue surrounding the port 
  • Lacerations to blood vessels 
  • Emergency surgery
  • Infections not due to surgery
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Death 

What Do We Know About Bard PowerPort Lawsuits?

Bard PowerPort lawsuits allege that the company received several adverse-event reports documenting fracturing after implantation. However, plaintiffs accuse Bard Access Systems, Inc., of failing to warn healthcare providers of the hazards linked to the Bard PowerPort and neglecting to change the design to remedy the fracturing issue. Instead, lawsuits claim that the company attempted to direct the blame onto physicians by suggesting that fractures may occur only if the physician incorrectly implants the device. Numerous Bard PowerPort lawsuits against Bard Access Systems, Inc. cite negligence, failure to warn of the risks, and manufacturing and design defects.

Is There a Bard PowerPort Multidistrict Litigation?

Multidistrict litigation (MDL) allows for efficient coordination of lawsuits with similar claims. Cases filed in individual state courts are sent to federal court under one judge, promoting an easier and more consistent handling of lawsuits.

Recently, the panel in charge of MDLs launched the Bard PowerPort MDL in August 2023. The panel transferred 10 Bard PowerPort claims to the District of Arizona under Judge David G. Campbell. As of November 2023, 64 Bard PowerPort lawsuits have been filed in the MDL.

Do I Qualify for a Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the Bard PowerPort, you may qualify for a Bard PowerPort lawsuit. A Bard PowerPort lawsuit can help you recover compensation for: 

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and 
  • Other economic losses related to your injury

Healthcare providers use the Bard PowerPort to create a smoother and more comfortable IV experience. Bard Access Systems, Inc. claims that the PowerPort saves patients from repeated injections. However, easier access comes at a hefty cost for some patients. Lawsuits allege that the Bard PowerPort is more susceptible to catheter failure and complications. Catheter fractures, migrations, and infections can inflict catastrophic damage on patients. Bard PowerPort victims claim to have endured frightening health effects that jeopardized their well-being. Our team of Bard PowerPort lawyers is on standby if a Bard PowerPort has harmed you. 

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. A Bard PowerPort lawyer will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.