Month: August 2016

Bair Hugger Infection Attorneys

Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit On Behalf of Massachusetts Woman

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Massachusetts woman who suffered severe complications from the companies’ Bair Hugger warming blanket used during surgery.

In May 2012, the plaintiff underwent a surgery in which the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming System was used during the procedure. As a direct result of using Bair Hugger, contaminates were introduced into the plaintiff’s wound during the surgery that caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).

Because of the infection, the plaintiff had to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, antibiotic therapy, knee aspirations, irrigation, and debridement with arthrotomy and polyethylene exchange.

The deep joint infection caused the plaintiff not only extensive pain and suffering, but also caused her substantial economic loss in both lost wages and medical bills.

The plaintiff alleges 3M and Arizant failed to adequately warn her of the increased infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger system. Additionally, she claims the companies breached their implied warranty of merchantability and that the device is defective both as designed and manufactured.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

Because the majority of patients experience hypothermia during surgery, warming systems like the Bair Hugger are used to help stabilize body temperature. By keeping the body at a consistent temperature, patients experience less bleeding and have a quicker recovery. The Bair Hugger is a composite blanket with holes in it from which the warm air is disbursed over the patient.  The warm air is pumped through a hose into the blanket and then onto the patient. As the medical device is forcing the warm air onto the patient, it is prone to send airborne particles and contaminants through the system and spread them onto the patient.

In 2010, the inventor of the Bair Hugger asked hospitals to stop using the device during surgeries because he believed it puts patients at an increased risk for infections. Despite this, the device is still used in the majority of hospitals across the country.

Bair Hugger Infection Attorneys

If you or someone you love developed a deep joint infection after a total hip or knee replacement surgery you might be entitled to compensation. Contact the Bair Hugger infection attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Dallas County Wind and Hail Damage Lawsuit

Our client, a multi-family apartment owner, was forced filed a lawsuit against Peleus Insurance Company and Engle Martin & Associates after its wind and hail damage insurance claim was wrongfully denied.

March 2016 Wind and Hail Storm

On March 17, 2016, a severe wind and hailstorm swept through Dallas County and caused significant damage to the roof, exterior, and interior of plaintiff’s property. Immediately upon discovering the damage, the plaintiff filed a commercial property damage insurance claim with Peleus for damages caused by the storm. In response to the claim, Peleus assigned inadequately trained adjusters, consultants, and agents to the plaintiff’s file. Specifically, Peleus assigned the claim to Engle Martin.

Engle Martin failed to perform a thorough inspection of the property and grossly underestimated the extent and value of damages to the property. Engle Martin refused to hire any Texas-licensed and qualified engineers or other experts to properly assess the commercial property damage.

Engle Martin performed an inadequate, incomplete, and unreasonable investigation of plaintiff’s claim, evidenced by delays, lack of communication, refusal to hire to appropriate consultants, and an estimate that fails to account for the necessary repairs to the property. As a result of the haphazard investigation, Peleus wrongfully underpaid and denied large portions of plaintiff’s claims for property repairs. Peleus also underestimated the damages it did accept during the investigation.

As a result, the plaintiff was forced to hire its own consultant to independently evaluate its property damage. The plaintiff’s own expert identified substantial damage far beyond what Peleus acknowledged. To this day, Peleus refuses to pay for the necessary repairs to the property as required under its insurance policy, and as such, plaintiff has not been fully compensated since the hailstorm.

The Insurance Carrier Acted In Bad Faith

Our client cites numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including failure to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim, failure to implement reasonable standards for investigation of a claim, and refusal to pay a claim without conducting a reasonable investigation.

Texas Wind and Hail Damage Attorneys

If your  insurance carrier has denied, delayed, underpaid, or disputed a Texas commercial property damage claim, you need an experienced team of insurance lawyers to help you get the compensation you deserve. The trial lawyers at Raizner Slania have helped scores of policyholders obtain rightful payments from insurance companies due under their policies. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Raizner Slania Files Tarrant County Hail Damage Lawsuit

Our client, a local industrial commercial property owner, was forced to file a lawsuit against Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance Company (Nationwide) after its hail damage insurance claim was wrongfully denied under Texas law.

March 2016 Hailstorm in Tarrant County

On March 17, 2016, the plaintiff’s property, a food distributorship building, was substantially damaged by a hailstorm that swept through Tarrant County. As a result, the roof, exteriors, interiors, business and personal property, and other machinery and equipment on the property sustained damage. Immediately after the storm, the plaintiff filed a hail damage commercial property insurance claim with Nationwide.

In response to the claim, Nationwide assigned representatives, adjusters, consultants, and agents to the plaintiff’s files that were inadequately and improperly trained. Specifically, Nationwide assigned the claim to a local adjuster who was not equipped to handle this type of claim.

The local adjuster performed a haphazard inspection of the property and refused to acknowledge all of the damages despite the fact that the plaintiff pointed them out. The local adjuster also refused to retain appropriate consultants to assess the claim.

Nationwide and the local adjuster performed an incomplete and unreasonable investigation of plaintiff’s claim, which is evidenced by the undervalued estimate of damages for the necessary repairs for the property. Nationwide relied solely on the local adjuster’s substandard investigation when determining what amounts, if any, to pay out on the plaintiff’s claim. As a result of the haphazard inspection, misrepresentation, and inadequate investigation, the plaintiff’s claim was grossly underpaid.

Nationwide Violated Texas Law

Our client sites numerous violations of the Texas Insurance Code, including failure to effectuate a prompt, fair, and equitable settlement of a claim, failure to adopt and implement reasonable standards for prompt investigation of claims, and failure to promptly provide a reasonable explanation for the denial of a claim. Additionally, our client also cites violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act.

Raizner Slania: Texas Hail Damage Attorney

If your insurance carrier denied, delayed, underpaid, or disputed a Texas hail damage claim, you need an experienced team of property insurance lawyers to help you get the compensation you deserve. The bad faith insurance lawyers at Raizner Slania have helped scores of companies across Texas and around the country get the compensation they deserve under their policies. Call us today for a free consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit on Behalf of Ohio Couple

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, Inc. on behalf of an Ohio couple, after the wife suffered severe complications from the Bair Hugger Warming System used during surgery.

In November 2013, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger was used during the course of the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s surgical wound that resulted in the her developing a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).

As a result of the joint infection, the plaintiff had to undergo extensive additional medical treatment, including multiple stages of removal, revision arthroplasties, placement of spacers, multiple aspirations, and antibiotic therapy.

The additional treatment required as a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger caused the patient to suffer from painful injuries and substantial economic loss. The plaintiff’s spouse also suffered from a loss of consortium and loss of services as a result of the infection.

The plaintiffs allege 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of risks associated with the Bair Hugger and that the device is defective in design and manufacture. Additionally, the plaintiffs believe the companies are in breach of the implied warranty of the Merchantability Law of the State of Ohio and committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

The Ohio couple joins a growing number of other plaintiffs trying to hold the defective medical device manufacturers responsible for injuries caused. Cases have been filed in state courts across the country, and the federal court claims have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in Minnesota.

Because 80% of hospitals utilize the Bair Hugger during surgeries, thousands of Americans have been exposed to an increased risk of infection. If you or someone you love developed an infection after a total hip and/or knee replacement surgery within the last five years, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Attorneys

The experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania are currently offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who may have suffered a hip or knee replacement infection due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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Colorado Couple Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple from Colorado against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, Inc. after the wife suffered a deep joint infection from the usage of the Bair Hugger Warming System during surgery.

In June 2013, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the course of the procedure. As a result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s surgical wound that caused a deep joint infection.

The plaintiff had to undergo extensive medical treatment to fight the infection including multiple irrigation and debridements, multiple staged revision arthroplasties, and antibiotic therapy.

The additional medical treatment has caused the plaintiff substantial physical pain and economic loss. The plaintiff’s spouse also suffered a loss of consortium and loss of services as a direct result of the infection.

The couple alleges the companies were grossly negligent in their failure to warn patients and doctors of the infection risks associated with the Bair Hugger. Additionally, the couple also claims the Bair Hugger device is defective in design and manufacture and that the companies violated the implied warranty of merchantability and committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Colorado law.

The Dangers of the Bair Hugger

After a knee, hip, shoulder, or other orthopedic implant or replacement surgery, some patients develop serious infections from bacteria that enter the body during or shortly after surgery. Post-surgical deep joint infections often require an increased length of hospitalization, additional surgeries, the prescription of strong medications, and even necessitate the removal of the medical device. In severe cases, the infection can even result in amputation.

Bair Hugger Infection Attorneys

If you or a loved one were injured or died as a result of a post-operative infection, you may qualify to file a defective medical device lawsuit against 3M to obtain financial compensation for your damages. The experienced defective device attorneys at Rainzer Slania can analyze your case and help you understand your legal options. Our consultations are free and you don’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

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New York Couple Files Lawsuit Against 3M and Arizant Healthcare

Raizner Slania has filed suit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare Inc. on behalf of a New York family, after the husband suffered a deep joint infection from the usage of the companies’ Bair Hugger device during his surgery.

In 2012, the man underwent surgery and the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used during the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants to the plaintiff’s body during surgery that caused him to develop a deep joint infection (DJI).

As a result of the infection, the plaintiff had to undergo additional multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties and antibiotic therapy. The plaintiff suffered additional complications from the revision surgeries, including post-operative acute blood loss, anemia, and a post-operative hematoma that required additional hospitalization and emergency treatment. The plaintiff was ultimately discharged to a rehabilitation facility for recovery.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physical pain, he has also suffered extreme economic loss from the additional surgeries and treatments. The plaintiff’s spouse also suffered a loss of consortium and loss of services.

The couple alleges that 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in their failure to warn patients and that the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacturing. The couple also claims the companies are in breach of the implied warranty of the merchantability and violated the Consumer Fraud and/or Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Law of the state of New York.

Why Is The Bair Hugger So Dangerous?

Post-surgical infections can increase the length of hospitalization or lead to additional hospital stays, additional surgery, the prescription of strong additional medications, and even necessitate the removal of the medical device. In severe cases, the infection can even result in amputation or death. 3M and Arizant never warned doctors or patients that their device could place patients at risk for severe and life-threatening infections.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys

Lawsuits involving the Bair Hugger device are already pending in state courts across the country, and now a federal MDL has also been formed. Time limitations apply to medical device injury claims, so call the experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania today. Our consultations are free and you owe us nothing unless we help you recover compensation.