Bard PowerPort Defects Lawsuits

Bard PowerPort catheters have been linked to serious injuries, including blood clots, infections and migration of the device inside the body. More than 100 victims have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer seeking compensation for their injuries and damages.

If you think you or your loved one might have a case, call Lynch Law Firm, PC today to discuss your situation. An initial consultation with a licensed defective medical device lawyer is free of charge. There are also no upfront fees if we take your case.

We have a history of obtaining millions for those injured by the negligence of others.

Have legal questions? Call Lynch Law Firm, PC today to discuss a Bard PowerPort lawsuit: (800)-518-0508.

Who May Be Eligible To File a Bard PowerPort Lawsuit?

If you suffered an injury after being implanted with a Bard PowerPort, you may be able to file a lawsuit. However, you need to review the details of your injury and treatment with an experienced lawyer to determine if you have a viable case.

These are some of the types of victims who may be able to pursue legal action:

  • Patients who have experienced serious complications linked to a Bard PowerPort, such as:
    • Infection at the implant site
    • Thrombosis (blood clots)
    • Device fracture or migration inside the body
    • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Individuals who needed surgery to remove or replace the Bard PowerPort because of malfunction or complications.
  • Families of patients who were fatally injured after being implanted with a Bard PowerPort device.
  • Patients who were implanted with a Bard PowerPort catheter and later needed medical intervention, such as surgery, to correct complications or treat injuries.

If you or a loved one fits any of these criteria, call Lynch Law Firm, PC to discuss whether you can file a Bard PowerPort lawsuit.

Evidence for a PowerPort Claim

To be eligible for a Bard PowerPort lawsuit, you will need comprehensive evidence to prove you were injured after being implanted with this device.

Evidence that can help to support your claim includes detailed medical records. These records can establish that you were implanted with a PowerPort catheter and suffered an injury or complication as a result. Just having an injury and suffering complications is not enough, however. You also need to show that you were treated for injuries and complications that are more likely than not linked to the surgically implanted catheter.

Your lawyer may work with you to document the many effects of your injuries. One important way to record your injuries is to document the healing progress, the level of pain and suffering you experience daily and how these injuries are impacting your daily quality of life. You can take pictures of your injuries and add them to this journal as well. Other evidence can include testimony from family and friends. They can help to explain how your complications have affected your life.

Other examples of evidence that may be needed for a lawsuit includes:

  • Expert testimony: For instance, you may need opinions from medical professionals and device experts about how your injuries were the direct result of the catheter. Expert testimony can also detail how your injuries have affected your physical and emotional health.
  • Recall notices and FDA warnings: Recall notices and FDA warnings help to support claims about the dangers of Bard PowerPorts. These things also help to show the manufacturer knew about the risks.

Serious Injuries and Complications Caused by Bard PowerPorts

A Bard PowerPort is a device that is made up of two parts: the injection port and polyurethane catheter port.

The injection port is implanted under the skin, either on an arm or in the chest. The port creates an easy access point for injections. The polyurethane catheter port is a flexible tube that is connected to the injection port. The catheter is implanted in one of the central veins that transports blood to your heart.

Unfortunately, the PowerPort is composed of Chronoflex AL, which is a mix of barium sulfate and polyurethane. Chronoflex AL may be the reason catheters can break and migrate to other regions of the body.

Device migration is just one of the many serious injuries and complications that may result after implantation. Some of the other injuries may include:

  • Heart attack
  • Infection, which is particularly dangerous because the catheter is inside a central vein
  • Necrosis (tissue death)
  • Injury to blood vessels or veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Hematoma
  • Hemorrhage
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Hemothorax
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Stroke
  • Pneumothorax (collapsed lung)
  • Tachycardia
  • Pulmonary pseudoaneurysm
  • Extravasation, which is what happens when the substance that gets injected leaks into the surrounding area, can damage tissue and lead to severe complications
  • Port occlusion, which means the port is blocked and medication cannot be delivered

Some of these injuries and side effects could have a fatal outcome, depending on various factors, such as the patient’s overall health, age and response to treatment.

While the physical harm from the Bard PowerPort can be significant, there is also an emotional component that should not be ignored.

Have Bard PowerPorts Ever Been Recalled by the FDA?

There have not been any recalls of the Bard PowerPort because of complications or device failure. A recall in March 2020 was because of a barb tip, which is the wrong tip for this type of port. The danger it poses is that it could cause the catheter to dislodge from the tunneler.

Unfortunately, the lack of a recall allows this product to remain on the market, potentially causing harm to more patients. At this point, taking legal action may be the only way to raise awareness about the issue and potentially hold the manufacturers accountable.

It is important to note that you can still file a lawsuit without the product having been recalled. If you were injured after implantation, call Lynch Law Firm, PC to discuss possible legal options.

What Is the Value of My Potential Claim?

The value of a Bard PowerPort lawsuit will depend on many factors, such as:

  • Severity of your injuries
  • How your injuries have affected your quality of life
  • The value of your medical costs, including past and future costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning capacity if your injuries affect your ability to continue earning the same income as before your injuries
  • The amount of your pain and suffering
  • And more

At our firm, we are committed to helping clients secure full compensation. Compensation allows victims to get all the medical treatment they need and prevent the situation from turning into a financial crisis.

What Are the Plaintiffs Alleging in Their PowerPort Lawsuits?

Lawsuits against Bard name several PowerPorts:

  • PowerPort ClearVUE Implantable Port
  • PowerPort isp M.R.I. Implantable Port
  • PowerPort ClearVUE Slim Implantable Port
  • PowerPort ClearVUE ISP Implantable Port

Lawsuits over these and other PowerPort models make several allegations against the manufacturer:

Defective Design and Manufacturing

Plaintiffs claim that the Bard PowerPorts were designed in a way that makes them unsafe. The design increases the risk of fracture, migration and malfunction, which could lead to injury. The lawsuits also allege defective manufacturing.

Failure To Warn

Medical device manufacturers have a legal obligation to warn the public about the dangers of their products. If consumers do not receive adequate warning, they do not have the opportunity to make fully informed decisions.

Lawsuits claim Bard had a significant number of adverse event reports, which may indicate they knew about the increased risk of injuries.


Plaintiffs accuse Bard of misrepresenting the safety and reliability of the PowerPorts, thereby misleading healthcare professionals and patients.

Have Any Existing Lawsuits Settled?

In August 2023, Bard PowerPort lawsuits were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. The goal of consolidating lawsuits in this way is to speed up the legal process, particularly during discovery. As of April 1, 2024, there are 116 cases in the MDL.

There are no bellwether trials as of spring of April 2024. Bellwether trials are the first cases to be tried in an MDL. The outcome of these cases helps to give both sides a better idea of how juries are likely to rule.

At this point, none of the lawsuits have been settled. However, the MDL continues to grow and eventually there will be bellwether trials.

Call Lynch Law Firm, PC To Discuss a Bard PowerPort Lawsuit

At Lynch Law Firm, PC, we understand the profound impact of defective medical devices on patients and their families. We know how vital it is for victims to secure compensation to help them pay for medical treatment and other damages.

If you have suffered complications from a Bard PowerPort catheter, we may be able to assist you. We work on contingency, so there are no upfront fees to find out if you may have a case. There are also no fees while we work on your case.

When you hire a lawyer, he or she can manage every aspect of your case, from filing the lawsuit to negotiating for full compensation.

Call us to schedule your free legal consultation: (800)-518-0508.

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