Girard Sharp attorneys are investigating potential claims on behalf of individuals who have suffered an injury due to Totally Implanted Venous Access Devices, also known as TIVAD Ports or Port-a-Caths.
If you experienced an injury due to a TIVAD breaking and leaking medication or fluids into your body, talk to a consumer protection attorney about your rights by filling in the form below. You may be entitled to relief.
More About the TIVAD Class Action Investigation
Totally Implanted Venous-Access Devices (TIVAD) are implantable ports that deliver intravenous (I.V.) medications or fluids directly into a patient’s veins. They are typically used in patients who require long-term or repeated intravenous access. Certain TIVADs are known to malfunction and leak medicine into the body at an uncontrolled rate. As a result, patients become susceptible to serious injuries or death. Some of these injuries include:
- Erosion of the TIVAD through the skin
- Internal bleeding
- Pressure around the heart
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Cancer advancement when the TIVAD breaks or leaks medication
- Perforation of tissue, blood vessels, or organs
- Embolization (blood clots)
- Removal surgery
Several different companies manufacture TIVAD ports. A common reported defect is that the device may fracture while it’s implanted, creating a risk of uncontrolled leaking and a risk of the device migrating to different areas of the body. Another reportedly common defect exists within the material of the port itself. Vortex Ports, a popular TIVAD, is made of barium sulfate and silicone. Barium sulfate reportedly can degrade the silicone over time, causing the device to break or leak.
Did you experience an injury due to a TIVAD port breaking?
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