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Implanted port devices offer a convenient solution for patients who require regular access to their veins for treatment such as blood transfusions and chemotherapy. However, many with implanted port devices may be at high risk of infections occurring due to the implanted port.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications due to infections caused by an implanted port device, please contact the implanted port infection lawyers at Dickerson Oxton Law Firm today to discuss your case. Your infections may have been caused due to a dangerous or defective implanted port device, and you may be eligible for significant compensation from the manufacturers for your damages.
The Dickerson Oxton Law Firm is committed to seeking justice for those who have been injured due to a dangerous or defective medical device.
Although implanted ports are convenient, the risk of infection due to the port device cannot be ignored. Because implanted ports (also known as port-a-caths) are frequently installed in patients who are already immunocompromised, such as those with cancer and other health issues, there is a high risk of opportunistic pathogens from infecting the implantation site and causing serious complications. Some of these complications can include:
Infections caused by implanted ports are often difficult to completely prevent, due to the circumstances. However, one potential cause may be due to the manufacturer of the implanted port device. These devices are generally composed of two parts:
Over time, the catheter may suffer from incredible wear and tear, depending on the location of the implanted port. Constant flexing and movement of the muscles around the general area can significantly degrade the catheter. In some instances, the catheter can actually develop micro-cracks that are not detectable under normal circumstances.
Often, these cracks can allow entry of opportunistic pathogens such as bacteria – but exclude the immune cells that the body develops in response to infection. This allows bacteria to flourish without the body being able to mount an immune response.
In cases where the failure of the catheter led to infection, the implanted port device’s manufacturer may be held fully liable for the resultant complications and damages. Catheters in these implanted port devices are easily reinforced by coatings and additives that are otherwise harmless to the human body. Some manufacturers opt not to do so, subjecting any patients to a higher risk of infection and associated complications.
These infections could have been easily avoided by a manufacturers’ simple actions. Therefore, they may be held fully liable for failing to uphold their duty of care.
If you or a loved one has suffered an infection from an implanted port device due to manufacturer negligence, please contact us immediately. We can start building a case against the at-fault party immediately to ensure prompt action and compensation on your behalf.