Contact an Alabama Bard PowerPort lawyer at Fob James Law Firm if you have been injured by a defective catheter device.
Catheter devices made by Bard and other manufacturers are prone to fracture, leakage, or migration. These defects can cause life-threatening injuries.
Some of the injuries associated with a defective catheter include embolism, infection, blood clots, hemorrhaging, organ damage, cardiac arrhythmia, and even death.
If you think you may have suffered an injury, contact our experienced catheter injury attorneys in Birmingham, Alabama for a free case evaluation.
Our biggest concern is making sure you get the justice and the compensation that you deserve. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us today: 866-837-1010.
What Is A Bard PowerPort Catheter?
The Bard PowerPort is an implanted medical catheter device underneath the skin that makes it easier for patients to receive repeated injections into the bloodstream.
This catheter device is also called an Injection Port, Port-a-Catheter, Port-a-Cath, and Totally Implantable Venous Access Device (TIVAD).
These devices allow for intravenous (or IV) delivery of fluids, medication, and nutrition without requiring the reinsertion of an IV for every injection.
What Are The Problems With The Bard PowerPort Device?
The Bard PowerPort device contains Chronoflex AL and other non medical grade components.
According to Chronoflex’s MSDS sheet, its decomposition is hazardous. The catheter devices may decomposes inside the human body after Chronoflex oxidizes with blood and human tissue.
Over time, the catheter degrades underneath the skin leading to fractures, migration, leakage, cracking, and malfunction. Accordingly, the FDA should recall the defective catheters.
What Injuries Are Linked To A Bard Power Port Catheter?
The Bard PowerPort may leak, migrate, or crack underneath the skin. After this occurs, patients may suffer severe injuries including the following:
- Infections (sepsis or septic shock)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Hemorrhaging or Bleeding Injuries
- Cardiac/pericardial tamponade
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Severe and persistent pain
- Perforations of tissues, vessels and organs
- Patient death
If you have experienced any of these injuries, contact an Alabama Bard PowerPort lawyer today.
Has The Bard PowerPort Catheter Been Recalled?
Bard has recalled a defective catheter piece in the past.
However, in the current lawsuit, Bard has not initiated a recall related to the alleged defects. This however does not mean there will not be a recall in the future.
In the Bard PowerPort lawsuit, Patients allege that Bard knew about problems with its catheter but withheld information from Doctors and patients for years.
If Bard’s device causes serious injuries, then its decision not to issue a recall is irresponsible and immoral.
Who Qualifies for the Bard Class Action Lawsuit?
People who have an implanted venous access device and subsequently suffered one of the following injuries may qualify for compensation:
- Perforations of tissues, vessels, and organs
- DVT / Blood Clots
- Embolization of catheter
- Pulmonary embolism
- Hemorrhaging or Bleeding
- Necrosis (dead tissue) around port site
- Device Related organ damage
- Cardiac/Pericardial tamponade
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Infections (>90 days post implant ONLY)
- Bloodstream infection / sepsis
What Can I Recover From A Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?
Every case is unique, but people who successfully file product liability lawsuits can recover money for the following damages:
- PAST AND FUTURE MEDICAL BILLS (INCLUDING MEDICATION, HOSPITAL STAYS, AND IN-HOME CARE)
- PAIN AND SUFFERING
- LOST WAGES
- LOSS OF EARNING CAPACITY
- FUNERAL EXPENSES (IN THE VENT OF A LOVED ONE’S DEATH)
- BROADLY SPEAKING, A PLAINTIFF COULD BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR ANY PAST AND FUTURE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR CANCER DIAGNOSIS
To speak to an experienced catheter injury attorney about your damages, call us today for a free consultation.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Bard PowerPort Lawyer?
Fob James Law Firm operates on the contingency-fee-basis. We only get paid a percentage of the recovery if we successfully resolve your case.
Our fees come out of a favorable settlement or jury award, not out of your pocket. If we do not obtain a recovery then you owe us nothing.
Many clients have told us that other firms are charging 40% to 45% contingency fees in the Bard PowerPort lawsuit.
Fob James Law Firm charges PowerPort lawsuit clients a 35% contingency fee. So, our fee is 35% of the total amount recovered in your case.
To speak with one of our experienced catheter lawyers in Alabama, call us today at 866-837-1010.
How Long Do I Have To File A PowerPort Lawsuit in Alabama?
Every state is different so make sure you consult with an attorney about how long you have to file a lawsuit.
In Alabama, you generally have two years from the date of discovery of your catheter related injury to file a lawsuit.
How Do I Join The Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?
It does not matter where you live. We represent victims of defective catheter devices in all 50 states.
Regardless of your location, all Bard PowerPort cases are filed in the MDL, which is federal court.
When Will the Bard PowerPort Lawsuit Be Settled?
No one knows if or when the defective catheter lawsuits will settle. The MDL (consolidation) was formed in August 2023. The litigation is at the beginning stages.
In large mass tort cases, large battles must be won before settlement. These battles take time.
For example, we believe the defendants will attack causation (i.e. that the Bard PowerPort caused the underlying injuries) early on. This issue alone could take over a year to litigate.
Ultimately, we believe the Court will schedule “bellwether” trials which are like test trials. These trials give plaintiffs and defendants a good barometer on value and strength of certain types of cases. If plaintiffs are successful in bellwether trials, the defendants may be inclined to explore settlement.
This is completely speculative but we believe the time frame for settlement could be 2-4 years. Although several years sounds like a long time, this is standard for large MDLs.
Bard PowerPort Litigation Updates
Updates on the Bard PowerPort catheter lawsuit are posted in this section throughout the litigation.
November 2, 2023 – Parallel MCL Filed In New Jersey State Court
A parallel MCL (multi-county litigation) has been filed in New Jersey state court seeking to consolidate over 500 PowerPort lawsuits. Bard is headquartered in New Jersey. If the MCL is formed, then there will be two class actions. One in New Jersey state court and the other in federal court.
October 25, 2023 – Number of Filed Lawsuits Increase
We are continuing to see an increase in PowerPort lawsuits filed into the MDL. Over 62 lawsuits have been filed. We expect the number to increase into the hundreds over the next year.
October 6, 2023 – Judge Campbell Approves Plaintiff Leadership
Judge Campbell entered Case Management Order No. 1 (CMO-1) selecting the lead counsel for plaintiffs. The order also appoints plaintiffs’ counsel to various litigation committees. This is standard in a MDL. Each committee has a role to help move the litigation forward in an efficient and structured manner.
August 15, 2023 – An MDL is Formed for the Bard PowerPort Litigation
A federal panel of judges has consolidated Bard PowerPort cases under a single judge in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) class action. A MDL streamlines the litigation process when many similar claims are filed against the same company. The litigation will proceed in the U.S. District Court for Arizona. Judge Campbell will preside over the MDL
Why Our Bard PowerPort Lawyers are the Top Choice in Alabama
For more than 40 years, the attorneys at Fob James Law Firm have been fighting for victims of fraud and injuries across the country.
- WE WORK CLOSELY WITH EACH OF OUR CLIENTS, ENSURING THEY RECEIVE PERSONALIZED ATTENTION. WITH OUR FIRM, YOU WILL ACTUALLY SPEAK WITH YOUR DEDICATED LAWYER NOT AN ASSISTANT.
- WE MAKE SURE THAT WE DO NOT TAKE SO MANY CASES THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TIME TO GET TO KNOW OUR CLIENTS ON A PERSONAL BASIS. KNOWING WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE GOING THROUGH HELPS US MORE EFFECTIVELY ADVOCATE ON THEIR BEHALF.
- WE MOVE FAST. WE DO NOT SIT ON CASES. WHEN WE TAKE YOUR CASE WE AGGRESSIVELY WORK YOUR CASE FROM DAY ONE TO ENSURE YOU GET THE COMPENSATION YOU DESERVE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- WE ARE NOT AFRAID TO TAKE YOUR CASE TO TRIAL. AS TRIAL LAWYERS WE LOVE TO LITIGATE CASES IN COURTHOUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
- WE NEVER CHARGE FEES UP FRONT. IF WE DO NOT WIN YOUR CASE YOU OWE US NOTHING.
Contact a Bard PowerPort Lawyer Near Me In Alabama
At Fob James Law Firm, our job is to help you to the best of our ability and fight for you. If you’ve suffered cancer as a result of a Bard PowerPort catheter device, you should contact our catheter attorneys immediately.
We can determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit or not. It won’t cost you anything to speak with us. You will never pay us anything until we successfully settle or win your case in court.
Our Birmingham, Alabama catheter lawyers are experienced, dedicated, and they truly care about you. We treat all of our clients exactly how we would want our own family members to be treated.