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Bard PowerPort lawsuits claim failure of the device has caused serious injuries. According to legal filings, the company received multiple injury reports for years and neglected to inform patients of the risks. These risks included blood clots, hemorrhage, punctures to the heart and more.

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Last Modified: September 11, 2023
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Bard PowerPort Lawsuit Status

Law firms are actively accepting Bard PowerPort cases and lawyers expect many more people to file. There is a deadline to file a lawsuit for the implanted port catheter, called the statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations is different for each state, so it’s important to seek the advice of an attorney right away. Filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations passes can preserve your right to potential compensation.

Recent lawsuit updates include:
  • August 2023:
    Plaintiffs have filed more than 50 Bard PowerPort lawsuits. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issued a transfer order on Aug. 8, 2023, to centralize all claims. The proceedings will go before U.S. District Court Judge David G. Campbell of the District of Arizona.
  • May 2023:
    Personal injury and wrongful death claims have escalated and courts have petitioned to centralize claims. Unlike class-action claims, lawsuits centralized in multidistrict litigation remain individual cases and each plaintiff presents their own damages.
  • April 2023:
    Lawsuits against the makers of the Bard PowerPort catheter device claim the access system has caused multiple injuries due to cracking and fracturing. Patients with the device have an increased risk of blood clots, internal damage and infection.
  • March 2020:
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted a recall notice for several Bard PowerPort models due to increased device failure rates.

The goal of the multidistrict litigation that began in August 2023 is to allow for better handling of an increasing number of lawsuits. This also keeps litigation costs down.

One judge will oversee the proceedings during the pretrial period. Trial dates will follow a case-specific discovery process.

Did you experience serious health complications after your Bard PowerPort device failed?

Why Are People Filing PowerPort Lawsuits?

People are filing lawsuits against the makers of the Bard PowerPort because they claim that the device’s faulty design increases risk of organ damage, infection and blood clots. Design defects can cause high injection flow rates and a tendency for the catheter to break apart.

A functioning port catheter is an implanted device that allows simple access to veins for delivery of medications such as chemotherapy. The port contains a small reservoir for injecting medication. A doctor implants the device under the skin. The catheter rests inside the vein and is typically silicone or polyurethane.

As patients receive medication through the Bard PowerPort, the design causes the injection flow to increase, which creates pressure against the plastic tubing. The barium sulfate tubing can fracture and cause bacteria to build in the small crack.

Over time, the pressure releases plastic fragments into the bloodstream.

These tiny plastic fragments may cause:
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Blood clots
  • Punctures in the heart and pulmonary embolisms
  • Ruptured blood vessels
Bard PowerPort side effects from complications may include:
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Confusion
  • Drainage at the port site
  • Fever
  • Inflammation
  • Kidney problems
  • Swelling

Becton Dickinson, the medical technology company that manufactures and sells the Bard PowerPort, may have known about these issues for several years. The allegations against the company claim it concealed thousands of reports from doctors and patients citing injuries caused by Bard PowerPort device failures.

Manufacturers could conceal the elevated incidence of device malfunctions as permitted by 21 CFR 803.19 of the FDA’s Alternative Summary Reporting program. Lawsuits against BD and its subsidiaries claim they failed to represent device safety and warn health care providers or issue a timely Bard PowerPort recall.

Who Qualifies to File a Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a Bard PowerPort lawsuit if your doctor implanted a Bard PowerPort device and you experienced a related injury. Only a licensed attorney can tell you if you are eligible.

Qualifying injuries in lawsuits include:
  • Blood clots (such as deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism)
  • Cardiac punctures
  • Hemorrhage or hematoma (bleeding)
  • Infection
  • Necrosis (tissue death)
  • Pericardial effusion (fluid buildup around the heart)
  • Severe or long-lasting pain
  • Tearing or perforating of blood vessels, organs or tissue

A Bard PowerPort lawyer may ask about your experiences after you received the device. Make sure to have a record of your symptoms and medical issues with you when you speak to an attorney. If you aren’t sure about your diagnosis, a lawyer may be able to help you obtain medical records.

If you want to file a lawsuit, speak to an attorney immediately. If the time runs out on your statute of limitations, you won’t be able to file a claim.

Choosing a Bard PowerPort Lawyer

You should consider experience and success rates when choosing a Bard PowerPort lawyer. A lawyer with expertise in personal injury, medical devices and defective device lawsuits will likely have the most success with your case.

Questions to ask a Bard PowerPort lawsuit lawyer:
  • How familiar are you with medical device cases such as PowerPort lawsuits?
  • How many of your cases have gone to trial?
  • How many years have you worked on similar cases?
  • What is your success rate with medical device settlements?
  • What should I expect as your client?
  • What will be the timeline of my case?

An experienced Bard PowerPort lawsuit lawyer will guide you through filing a medical device case. Your lawyer should explain the entire litigation process. They’ll help you file your complaint in court and negotiate your settlement. They’ll fight for you in court if your case goes to trial.

How Much Can You Expect From a PowerPort Settlement?

Because lawsuits are still in the early phases, it’s too early to tell what you can expect from a PowerPort settlement. There haven’t been any trials scheduled for the Bard PowerPort, and there have not yet been any settlements.

But this isn’t the first time Bard has been troubled by lawsuits. In 2014, Bard agreed to settle lawsuits against its defective pelvic mesh products for $21 million. Six years later, Bard settled further lawsuits for $60 million related to the marketing of its pelvic mesh products.

Since 2021, Bard has faced more than 11,000 federal lawsuits for its polypropylene hernia mesh products. These hernia mesh lawsuits claim the implants caused infections, organ perforation, intestinal blockage and other injuries. There haven’t been any jury verdicts or settlements in these cases yet.

Bard also faces more than 1,300 federal IVC filter lawsuits. Inferior vena cava filters aim to reduce the risk of blood clots in people who cannot take blood thinners. NBC News linked Bard to 39 deaths caused by the IVC filters. In April 2018, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court awarded Sherr-Una Booker more than $3.5 million in damages.

Was There a Bard PowerPort Recall?

To date, there is no recall for Bard PowerPort related to the potential catheter risks. In March 2020, the FDA posted a Class 2 recall notice for several models of the Bard PowerPort for a separate issue. The recall recommended that all health care facilities send back affected PowerPort devices.

The Health Sciences Authority issued an urgent medical device recall notification in September 2019. In a letter, BD and Bard outlined the reason for the recall as an incorrect barb tip for the included catheter in the PowerPort. The letter noted that “there is the potential that the catheter could become dislodged from the tunneler.”

BD claimed in the same statement that the error was “unlikely to lead to serious injury.” This recall failed to acknowledge the issues with the ChronoFlex catheter tubing itself. The lawsuits indicate that the high barium sulfate concentration in the polyurethane polymer causes a loss of integrity.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.