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Pulmonary Embolism & Blood Clots Caused by Port Catheters

One of the most serious complications that can occur with the failure of an implanted port device is a pulmonary embolism and other various blood clot disorders. These have the potential to be fatal without immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, these cases may have been completely avoidable due to a dangerous or potentially defective implanted port device.

If you or a loved one has suffered a pulmonary embolism or another type of blood clot disorder due to implanted port failure, please contact the pulmonary embolism and blood clot attorneys at Dickerson Oxton to discuss your case. Our law firm is here to provide the help and support you need to secure the compensation you deserve for your serious injuries.

Why Choose Us?

The Dickerson Oxton Law Firm is committed to seeking justice and compensation on behalf of all patients who have been injured due to a dangerous or defective medical device.

  • We have extensive experience successfully representing clients in all types of medical device cases.
  • We are committed to our clients, utilizing a collaborative effort to help you secure the maximum possible compensation for your needs.
  • We have a proven record of success, securing a favorable verdict or settlement in 98% of all cases we represent.
  • We represent clients on a contingency fee basis – there are no upfront costs – and you only pay if we secure a recovery on your behalf. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.

What is a Pulmonary Embolism?

A pulmonary embolism is the sudden blockage of an artery in your lungs. These blockages are often caused by blood clots that travel through the bloodstream to settle in the lungs. Although the clots more commonly travel from the legs, they can also come from other parts of the body. Common signs of a pulmonary embolism include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Cough that may produce bloody sputum
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fever
  • Clammy skin

Those with implanted port devices may be at risk of a pulmonary embolism due to the formation of blood clots.

How are Blood Clots Caused by Implanted Port Devices?

Implanted port devices can cause clotting if the catheter, the long tube installed in the vein for easy access, fails and fractures off from the medical device. Catheter fracture can cause fragments of the tube (usually made of silicone) to travel through the bloodstream. These foreign bodies can trigger clotting as an immune response – and these clots can then travel to other organs for the potential for serious internal damage.

Who is Liable for a Catheter Fracture?

It is important to note that catheter fractures are completely avoidable by considerable, thoughtful construction for the catheter part of an implanted port device. Catheters can be subject to wear-and-tear due to the constant moving of muscles near the implanted port device. However, most manufacturers combat this by reinforcing the catheter with coatings or additives.

Some manufacturers opt not to implement these safety measures, putting all those who have their implanted port devices at risk of serious complications. In these instances, these manufacturers may be held fully liable for the resultant injuries from a catheter failure, such as pulmonary embolisms and blood clots.

Why Do You Need a Lawyer?

It is crucial to consult legal representation before proceeding with a claim against a medical device manufacturer. Claims for dangerous or defective medical devices can be difficult to successfully file due to the size of the manufacturer, the aggressiveness of their legal team, and other factors. An experienced attorney can help mitigate all of these obstacles, building a strong case for compensation – and justice against any manufacturers who were negligent in their duties.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one has suffered a pulmonary embolism due to a dangerous or defective implanted port device, please contact our pulmonary embolism and blood clot lawyers. We can help you seek the maximum possible compensation for your injuries – and hold any at-fault parties fully accountable for their negligent actions. To contact us please reach out via our online contact form, or call us at (816) 268-1960. Our attorneys offer free initial consultations to discuss the facts and unique circumstances of your case. 

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