In recent years there has been a recall of port catheter devices from various manufacturers. Currently, there is an investigation into Bard™ for their port-a-cath device, which has been shown to break and migrate into the vascular system, causing serious harm and even death. Even worse, they have been made aware of more than a thousand cases resulting in harm and have chosen not to act.
It is absolutely essential that medical equipment is made to a high standard. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to a port-a-cath device, you may have justification for a product liability lawsuit. Not only will this secure you the compensation you deserve, it will also help to protect others from injury in the future.
At Holman Schiavone Law, LLC, we are dedicated to all victims of personal injury. We help victims navigate product liability claims, so regardless of the circumstances that led to your port catheter injury, we can help.
Contact us today at 816-320-6108 for a free consultation and gain clarity about your next steps.
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Our legal team will assess both the short-term and long-term consequences of your injury. We offer a personalized approach to determining how your injuries will affect your life so that you secure fair compensation that is representative of your suffering.
What is a Port Catheter?
A port catheter, also known as a port-a-cath implanted port, implanted port device, or subcutaneous port, is a catheter with a small reservoir, or port, attached to it. Port catheters are used to give medicine or chemotherapy into a vein or to take blood without the use of needles.
The catheter is a thin silicone tube that is soft and flexible. Usually, the catheter is inserted under the skin of the chest or arm. The port, which is a small disk, connects to a catheter that enters a large vein above the heart.
Port catheters can be beneficial because they can be left in for weeks, months, or sometimes years, reducing the number of needles, allowing people to go to and from the hospital with them left in, and allowing for more than one treatment at once or treatments that last for longer than a day.
Who Is Responsible for Catheter Injuries in Kansas?
If you or someone you love suffered a port-a-cath injury due to a faulty device, then you could be owed compensation. When you contact a personal injury lawyer, one of the first tasks will be to determine who is liable for your injuries. In personal injury claims involving port-a-cath injuries, the manufacturer is often liable.
If the port catheter used was defective, then the manufacturer could be responsible for your injuries. For example, there have been reported cases of catheters being prone to breakage, which means that fragments have broken off and entered a patient’s bloodstream, causing serious injury and even death.
When manufacturers fail to test their devices and implement sufficient safety measures, they can be held liable for any injuries that result. There are also reports of manufacturers being aware of the potential for harm and not taking action; this could be the basis for gross negligence.
Personal injury cases involving defective products require a product liability claim to be brought against the manufacturer. A successful product liability claim could result in a product becoming recalled, which will protect future consumers from similar injuries.
Common Injuries Resulting From Port Catheter Complications in Kansas
Different types of port catheters have different risks associated with them. Catheter failure or infection are the most serious causes of injury.
What Happens if the Catheter Breaks?
When a port-a-cath is not made to a high enough standard, parts can come loose and float into the bloodstream and reach the heart or lungs. Victims may suffer emergency surgery and permanent damage.
What Happens if a Port Becomes Infected?
Another possible injury is an infection causing swelling, redness, and possibly temperate and feelings of breathlessness. Minor cases can be treated with antibiotics, or the device may need to be removed. Serious cases could lead to sepsis, which can cause blood clots and even organ failure. Infection is often due to device degradation, causing fractures in the device where bacteria can build.
Catheter Migration or Dislodgement
Catheter migration refers to the device becoming dislodged and moving to other parts of the body. Although this could be very harmful, if the device remains whole, then removing it should be simple.
Catheters can sometimes become blocked, making treatment very difficult.
Defective Medical Devices
If you believe that you or someone you love may have suffered an injury due to a defective device, then you should seek a free consultation with Holman Schiavone Law, LLC as soon as possible. We are not afraid to go up against large manufacturers and will do whatever it takes to secure the compensation you deserve. In these types of cases, every voice makes a difference.
Some recent examples of defective port-a-cath devices include:
Penumbra Recalls JET 7 Catheters
In December 2020, Penumbra recalled the Penumbra JET 7 Xtra Flex because the catheter was shown to be susceptible to distal tip damage, causing a heightened risk of serious injury and mortality. The JET7 was designed for the revascularization of consumers with acute ischemic stroke.
The FDA reports receiving more than 200 reports regarding serious injuries and deaths associated with the JET 7 Xtra Flex catheters. Consumers have reported hemorrhage, vessel damage, and cerebral infarction. The device has reportedly malfunctioned in a number of ways, including breakage, rupture, expansion, and exposed internal support coils.
How Much is a Port-a-Cath Injury Lawsuit Worth in Kansas?
The value of a port catheter injury lawsuit varies widely between cases. How much you receive in compensation will depend on the extent of your injuries and the quality of your representation.
Potential damages you could claim include:
Following an injury, the biggest financial stress is usually medical treatment, especially an injury that creates long-term damage. A successful personal injury claim will compensate you for all costs related to medical treatment, including child care while you are in the hospital, transport to and from appointments, medication, and more.
A high-quality attorney will also work out the cost of your future medical bills so that you can be compensated for both your past expenses and the cost of future care. They will assess your medical records and draw upon expert testimony to ensure that you are not left with uncovered bills in the future.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages compensate you for your mental distress, changes to your lifestyle, and physical pain. These damages can be challenging to put a number on, but at Holman Schiavone Law, LLC, we take the time to understand your experiences and will do everything in our power to ensure that your settlement reflects the extent of your pain and suffering.
If your injury resulted in time off work and missed wages, then you deserve to be compensated for that. If you are unable to return to work in the same capacity, then you should also be compensated for lost earning potential.
If you have suffered the loss of someone you love because of a port-a-cath injury, then you could be owed compensation. A wrongful death lawsuit will compensate family members for funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of income to the family household.
Do I Need a Kansas Port Catheter Injury Lawyer to Secure Compensation?
You have every right to secure compensation without the help of a personal injury lawyer. However, we always recommend that victims secure representation. Success in these cases relies on a considerable amount of evidence, as well as negotiations with other legal teams.
Lawsuits against large medical manufacturers can be intimidating. Their legal teams will have a large pool of resources to draw upon, and they will fight aggressively to limit their liability. Your attorney will ensure that you have equally strong legal resources to draw upon. In fact, people who have representation in these types of cases usually end up with a higher settlement, even after legal fees are considered.
Your attorney will collect evidence, file paperwork, work out how much you’re owed, liaise with the other attorneys involved in your case, and will fight for you at trial if necessary.
Contact Holman Schiavone Law LLC For a Free Consultation
At Holman Schiavone Law, LLC, our law firm is committed to securing compensation for victims of port catheter injuries. It is essential that people are able to trust medical device manufacturers to take reasonable measures to protect their consumers. When standards of care are not met, it is essential that the responsible party is held responsible, and further harm is prevented.
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