The Chariot™ Guiding Sheath has been recalled after reports of the shaft breaking inside patients as it was being pulled out. The FDA warns that broken pieces can travel in the bloodstream and cause deadly complications. Emergency surgery may also be necessary to remove the pieces.
Need a Texas Medical Device Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was injured by the Chariot Guiding Sheath, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit in Texas.
Chariot Guiding Sheath
The Boston Scientific Chariot Guiding Sheath is an access device that is inserted into a patient’s veins or arteries to help smaller tools slide inside the patient’s body. It is used in minimially-invasive procedures in the arms, legs, hands, or feet (peripheral vasculature) to guide the placement of interventional and diagnostic devices.
Class 1 Recall
December 2015 — The FDA and Boston Scientific have issued a Class I recall for approximately 7,000 Chariot Guiding Sheaths after receiving 14 complaints of the shaft of the device breaking.
The problem can cause tiny pieces of the device to enter the patient’s bloodstream (called an “embolism”) and cause deadly circulatory problems or organ damage. Health risks linked to the problem include:
- Broken shaft
- Fragment embolization
- Blood-flow obstruction
- Emergency surgery
- Damage to the kidneys, intestines, or limbs
There have been no reports of injury or death. However, some patients have required additional surgery or medical procedures to remove broken pieces of the Chariot Guiding Sheath.
The FDA asks doctors who were using the device to contact patients and check on their well-being. Shaft separation and embolization of fragments may not have been apparent at the time of surgery. Several adverse events reports that the shaft broke when the Chariot Guiding Sheath was being removed.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but we are not filing a class action lawsuit against Boston Scientific. Instead, we are filing individual lawsuits on behalf of anyone who was seriously injured by a broken Chariot Guiding Sheath.
About Class Actions
Class actions are helpful when a lot of people have the same legal claim. Lawyers file suit on behalf of a “class representative” and invite everyone who was injured to join in the settlement or jury award. Any payout is divided among everyone in the lawsuit.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions can have disadvantages when people are severely injured by defective medical devices. They may face higher attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball” settlement. In most cases, class actions are not designed to maximize compensation for people with the most serious injuries.
Our attorneys file individual lawsuits because we believe every person who was injured by a defective medical devices deserves justice. If you decide to file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and more.
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