Bair Hugger Claims

Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit On Behalf of Kentucky Couple

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger infection lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Kentucky couple after the husband suffered a severe infection from the warming blanket.

In January 2015, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants from the operating room into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. As a result, he developed a deep joint infection from the surgery. The pathogens identified were Streptococcus mitis oralis and streptococcus viridians.

Streptococcus mitis oralis is a type of the common Strep bacteria most often found in the mouth and throat. However, when this bacteria is introduced to other parts of the body, it can be incredibly difficult to treat. This type of joint infection is very rare, and can lead to life-threatening complications like sepsis and endocarditis. Patients being treated for this type of joint infection can experience relapses of the infection and might require amputation to treat the infection.

The plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment to fight the infection, including irrigation and debridement with hardware exchange, aspiration, and long-term PICC line antibiotics. As a result of the treatment, he suffered additional complications, such as anemia, urinary tract infection, and postoperative ileus.

The plaintiff has endured not only physical pain and suffering, but also economic loss from the extensive medical treatments needed to fight his infections. The plaintiff believes 3M and Arizant failed to adequately warn him of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger and that the device is defective in both design and manufacture. The plaintiff also asserts the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Kentucky law.

Nationwide Bair Hugger Claims

If you or someone you love suffered an infection after hip or knee replacement surgery within the last five years, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Call the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania today to learn more about your legal options. We offer free consultations and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover financially.

Wind and Hail Damage Lawsuit

Local Funeral Home Files Wind and Hail Damage Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a wind and hail damage lawsuit on behalf of a local funeral home against Ohio Security Insurance Company after its commercial property hail damage claim was wrongfully denied under Texas law.

April 2014 Tarrant and Dallas County Wind and Hail Storm

On April 4, 2014, a wind and hail storm swept through Tarrant County and Dallas County and caused severe damage to the roof, HVAC, exterior, and interior of the property. Immediately upon discovering the damage, the plaintiff filed an insurance claim with Ohio Security Insurance and asked that the cost of repairs be covered pursuant to the policy.

In response to the claim, Ohio Security Insurance assigned adjusters, consultants, and agents to the plaintiff’s file that were inadequately trained to handle this type of claim. Specifically, the claim was assigned to an adjuster who failed to perform a thorough investigation of the claim. The adjuster performed a substandard inspection of the property and did not prepare any estimates or scopes of damages for the properties and/or failed to provide those items to the plaintiff.

The adjuster failed to hire qualified experts to assess the damage and continually delayed the claims process. Ohio Security Insurance relied solely on the adjuster’s inadequate, incomplete, and unreasonable investigation to determine what amounts, if any, to pay on the claim. As a result, the plaintiff’s claim was grossly underpaid and the plaintiff has been unable to make the necessary repairs to the property. This has caused additional damage to the exterior and interior of the property.

Ohio Security Insurance Acted In Bad Faith

Our client alleges numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including the failure to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim and the failure to provide a reasonable explanation for the denial of a claim. Additionally, Ohio Security Insurance misrepresented the insurance policies under which it affords property coverage to plaintiff.

Misrepresentations of Policies

Many insurance companies purposefully misrepresent policies during claims investigations to avoid costly payouts. For policyholders who regularly pay their premiums, this isn’t just dishonest – it’s illegal. If your insurance carrier delayed, denied, or undervalued your claim, the experienced bad faith insurance lawyer at Raizner Slania can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawyers

Missouri Woman Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Missouri woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The plaintiff alleges the companies failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger warming blanket.

In October 2014, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure to regulate her body temperature. While regulating a patient’s body temperature during surgery can reduce bleeding risks and reduce the duration of hospital stays, the design of the Bair Hugger causes contaminants from the operating room to be dispersed over a patient’s open surgical wounds.

As a direct result of the use of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection, also referred to as a deep joint infection. The pathogens identified were methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus, rare gram-positive cocci, and gamma streptococcus.

Methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus, or MSSA, is a form of the common Staph infection. MSSA is particularly difficult to treat in joint surgery patients because bacteria present on artificial joints do not trigger the body’s natural immune system response.

In order to treat the infection, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision surgeries, multiple irrigation and debridements with hardware exchange, placement of hemovac drain, knee aspirations, and long- term PICC line antibiotics. Additionally, she will be required to stay on a course of lifetime oral antibiotics.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, but she has also suffered economically due to the cost of her extensive medical treatment. The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in design and manufacture and that 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

If you suffered a staph infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to file a claim against Bair Hugger manufacturers. Contact the experienced Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit On Behalf of Missouri Woman

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a Missouri woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after she suffered a severe infection from the device.

On October 2011, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of her right total hip arthroplasty. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into her open surgical wound that caused her to develop a deep joint infection or DJI. The pathogens identified were a rare serratia marcescens and a rare corynebacterium.

Serratia marcescens or S. marcescens is a rod-shaped gram negative bacteria commonly associated with hospital acquired infections (HAIs). S. marcescens accounts for approximately 1.4% of all HAI in the United States each year. Many strains of S. marcescens are resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat infections.

Corynebacterium is a rare type of gram positive bacteria that can be commonly found in patients with artificial devices and joints. Corynebacterium is an opportunistic bacteria, making it very dangerous for patients with compromised immune systems. Corynebacterium is responsible for many serious diseases and conditions including diphtheria, inflammation of the lung tissues, and inflammation of the inner lining of the heart, among others.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, multiple irrigation and debridements, antibiotic bead placement, placement of antibiotic spacers, and PICC line antibiotic therapy. The plaintiff suffered additional complications as a result of the infection, including a septic hip, and was ultimately placed on lifetime antibiotic therapy.

The plaintiff alleges 3M and Arizant failed to adequately warn patients and doctors of the infection risk associated with the device and that the device is defective in design and manufacture.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

If you suffered a deep joint infection after a hip or knee joint surgery, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers. The Bair Hugger lawsuits attorneys at Raizner Slania can analyze your case and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Harris County Hail Damage Insurance Lawyers

Local Apartment Complex Owner Files Hail Damage Insurance Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a hail damage insurance lawsuit on behalf of local apartment complex owners against AmRisc, LLC, Certain Underwriters of Lloyd’s, London, Indian Harbor Insurance Company, QBE Specialty Insurance Company, Steadfast Insurance Company, General Security Indemnity Company of Arizona, United Specialty Insurance Company, Lexington Insurance Company, Princeton Excess and Surplus Lines Company, International Insurance Company of Hannover, and Vericlaim, Inc.

January 2016 Harris County Wind and Hailstorm

On January 28, 2016, a severe wind and hailstorm swept through Harris County, causing substantial damage to the local apartment complexes. As a result, the exteriors, roofs, building interiors, HVAC units, and other structures of the properties were damaged. Immediately upon discovering the damages, the plaintiffs filed insurance claims under their policy with various carriers to cover the cost of repairs.

Underwriters of Lloyd’s, Indian Harbor, QBE, Steadfast, General Security Indemnity, United Specialty Insurance, Lexington, Princeton and the International Insurance Company of Hannover were the carriers on the policy. AmRisc was the program manager and it packaged a number of similar properties into the substandard insurance program at issue in the case. In response to the claim, the carriers assigned the claim to Vericlaim, who in turn assigned the claim to an internal adjuster.

Vericlaim and its internal adjuster conducted an unreasonable and inadequate investigation and denied any wind and hail damage to the roofs, windows, HVAC units, interior, and other structures of the properties. Additionally, they also grossly undervalued what damage they did accept. Specifically, the internal adjuster ignored or rejected facts, physical indicators, photos, and historical building reports confirming reasonably clear coverage for the wind and hail damage to the properties.

The internal adjuster assigned unqualified and biased consultants to the claim and failed to do his own investigation of damages to the properties. The carriers relied on Vericlaim’s incomplete and inadequate investigation to determine what amounts, if any, to pay on the claim. As a result, no payments have been issued under the policy.

The Carriers Acted In Bad Faith

Our client cites numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including failure to attempt to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim, failure to adopt reasonable standards for a claim, and failure to provide a reasonable explanation for the denial of claim.

Surplus Lines Insurers

In the Texas commercial insurance market, an increasing number of policies come from surplus lines insurers. Surplus lines insurers are typically really just a front – file drawer entity – and most or all of the true insurance risk is ceded to unauthorized foreign reinsurers that are neither licensed in the state nor legally authorized to conduct the business of insurance in the state. With very few regulations and very little oversight, these surplus lines insurers operate in a gray area of the market and often use bad faith insurance tactics to avoid costly payouts.

Harris County Hail Damage Insurance Lawyers

Raizner Slania is experienced in fighting insurance companies and surplus lines insurers who operate in bad faith. We handle all commercial hail damage insurance litigation on a contingency fee basis, so you owe us nothing unless we help you recover financial damages. If your commercial hail damage insurance claim has been denied, delayed, or underpaid, contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

Georgia Couple Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Georgia couple after the husband suffered a severe infection from the device. The couple alleges 3M and Arizant failed to warn them that their Bair Hugger warming blanket presents a serious increased risk of infections for patients.

In July 2012, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used during the course and scope of his right total knee revision surgery. As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger device, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were staphylococcus aureus and gram positive cocci.

Staphylococcus aureus or S. aureus is a rod-shaped bacterium commonly present on the skin or in the nose. However, when this bacterium travels into the body via open wounds, it can cause severe and life-threatening complications. If left untreated, S. aureus can cause pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and blood poisoning, among other severe medical complications.

Infections on artificial joints can be extremely difficult to treat. While the presence of bacteria usually triggers the body’s immune system response, the immune system cannot detect bacteria present on an artificial joint.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment including irrigation and debridement with hardware exchange, aspiration, and long-term antibiotics.

The Georgia couple believes 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent by failing to warn patients and doctors of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger and that the device is defective in its design and manufacture. Finally, the couple also asserts the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Georgia state law.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or someone you love suffered an infection after a joint repair or replacement surgery within the last five years, you may be eligible to file a claim. The experienced medical device lawyers at Raizner Slania can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.