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Defective Catheter Lawsuits

Investigating medical device recalls & catheter injury

Medical device manufacturers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have both initiated recalls for defective catheters after medical reports of serious health complications linked to catheter defect and device failure.

Following injury, plaintiffs and product liability attorneys have filed claims against device manufacturers for alleged negligence, improper pre-market testing, and distributing unsafe medical devices.

Defective catheters have been recalled for separation risks, breakage, and perforating blood vessels, leading to serious injury and death. Catheters are most commonly recalled after causing complications during medical procedures like administering medication, injecting contrast dye, and removing blood clots.

When a catheter is defective, it may not function as intended, and may not drain fluids as designed, causing serious health problems. Broken catheters or separating catheters can lead to fragments of the device left in a patient’s body or bloodstream.

Joe Lyon is an experienced medical device defect lawyer and product liability attorney investigating injury claims linked to defective catheters for plaintiffs nationwide.

Catheter Recalls

  • Cook Medical Catheter
  • Boston Scientific Fetch 2 Aspiration Catheter
  • Innervision Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheter
  • BioGlide and Snap Shunt Ventricular Catheter
  • Angiodynamics Soft Vu Omni Flush Angiographic Catheters
  • Vascular Solutions Twin-Pass Dual Access Catheters
  • Abbott POWERSAIL® Coronary Dilatation Catheters
  • Acclarent Inspira AIR Balloon Dilation System
  • AngioSculpt EX Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) catheters
  • Multi-Med Single Lumen Catheters
  • Fire Star RX and Dura Star RX coronary balloon catheters
  • OriGen Biomedical OriGen
  • Penumbra Catheters
  • Spectranetics Catheter
  • Teleflex Medical Arrow Arterial Embolectomy Catheter
  • Cook Medical Transseptal Needles

Patient Injury & Catheter Defects

Some common injuries reported in defective catheter adverse events can include:

  • Heart attack
  • Blood clot
  • Organ damage
  • Emergency surgery
  • Death
  • Air embolism
  • Blood loss
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Infection

Defective Catheters & Medical Device Litigation

Due to longstanding loopholes in the FDA medical device approval process, many defective medical products injure patients each year. As a result, injured plaintiffs and product liability attorneys are forcing medical device companies to claim responsibility and compensate those affected.

The Lyon Firm works with medical experts to determine the root cause of a medical injury, and reviews defective medical device recalls for injured plaintiffs nationwide.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why are these cases important?

Defective medical device litigation helps to improve patient safety and holds medical device companies accountable when defective products injure plaintiffs and clients.


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Questions about Defective Catheter Litigation

What are common catheter injuries?

If a device breaks or fails, patients may suffer from internal bleeding, embolisms, revision surgery, organ damage or death. 

Can I file a catheter injury Lawsuit?

When a catheter has the potential to fail and cause injury, companies should voluntarily issue a recall. When a company injures patients with defective medical devices, a product liability lawyer may help you recover financial losses, medical expenses and other damages incurred through litigation.

What companies manufacture catheters?
  • Medtronic
  • Cook Medical
  • Boston Scientific
  • Bard
  • Abbott Vascular
  • Edwards Lifesciences
  • Merit Medical Systems
  • ReFlow Medical
  • Stryker
  • Sterilmed
  • Teleflex
  • Terumo Medical
How is a Catheter Defined as Defective?
Ohio Definition of Defective

A catheter is defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. A legal cause of action can be based on several types of product defects. The following are Cincinnati product liability and strict liability claims available in Ohio and in most jurisdictions nationwide:

(1)  Manufacturing/ Construction Defect:

These issues arise where the medical device is released from the factory in a manner that deviates from the intended design or specifications. The defect can be a result of using the wrong materials, including the wrong or completely foreign materials 

As a result of the deviation, the product enters the market in an unreasonably dangerous condition and the consumer is exposed to or purchases a product that is defective. Any personal injuries or economic loss that arise from the the defect are compensable under Ohio product liability law.

(2) Defective design and/or formulation:

Defective design product liability cases arise not because a mistake was made during the manufacturing process, but rather the original design of the product is unreasonably dangerous. A “risk benefit analysis” is used to determine whether safer/less expensive alternative designs were available to the manufacturer.

Federal regulations set minimum standards for the design of many consumer products, and preemption defenses may preclude liability in some situations if the manufacturer follows and obtains federal approval for a product. Automotive recalls and product liability cases are usually a result of a defective design. Common cases include the Toyota Brake Recall, Chrysler Gen III seat belt buckle, lap belt only cases, Metal on Metal hip implants, transvaginal mesh.)

(3) Failure to warn or inadequate warning or instruction associated with the product:

All consumer products come with necessary and appropriate warnings and instructions for use. If the lack of a warning makes the product and use of the product unsafe, the manufacturer is liable for the failure to place the warning. The most common area of litigation for failure to warn is in pharmaceutical litigation.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers are required to warn of the known or foreseeable side effects and update the warnings in a timely manner. Litigation arises where there is evidence the manufacturer failed to timely update a warning in light of new data or simply ignored the risk and failed to conduct sufficient research to identify and then disclose the risk.

(4) Misrepresentation:

The product fails to conform to a representation or warranty. Warranty claims are more common in commercial and economic loss cases than in personal injury cases. In many States, The Product Liability Act does not apply to cases with only economic loss, because the Commercial Code provides recourse for breach of warranty.

The warranty may be written or implied based upon the products intended purpose and merchantability. An example of a breach of warranty cases are cases involving automotive defects.

Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Defective Device Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Defective device lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in personal injury,  automotive product liability, medical negligence, construction accidents, and auto dealership negligence cases.  The cases have involved successfully litigating against some of  the largest companies in the world


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