Month: February 2017

NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit Attorneys

Former University of Richmond Student Files NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Richmond football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for failing to protect from and properly educate student athletes about the long-term side effects of concussions.

The plaintiff played college football for the University of Richmond from 1987 to 1991 as a defensive tackle. He recalls suffering from at least five concussions during his time playing for the university. The concussions were so severe, that after a particularly devastating concussion during a game, doctors advised the plaintiff to stop playing football. Although he never played football again, the damage to his brain was already done.

As a result of his time playing college football for the University of Richmond, the plaintiff now suffers from depression, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, memory loss, numbness and tingling, sleeping disorders, traumatic brain injury, and other debilitating issues.

Although the plaintiff sustained repetitive concussions during practices and games for their profit, the NCAA and the University of Richmond failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management protocols or return to play guidelines.

The NCAA acts as the governing body of over 400,000 student-athletes to protect them from harm, advance their goals, and enrich their lives. Despite this, the NCAA turned a blind eye to evidence linking repeated head trauma to long-term and debilitating side effects that has existed for decades.

How Do Repeated Concussions Harm The Brain?

When a person experiences a concussion or traumatic brain injury, the brain moves around inside the skull and even smashes into the walls of the cranium. This causes the brain to stretch, tear, and bruise. The neuronal cells inside the brain can suffer damage or even die, which can cause neurological side effects. When neuronal cells die, they release a chemical that can cause further damage to the brain.

NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit Attorneys

Many long-term effects of concussions are degenerative, and former college football players may not begin to experience symptoms for many years after their last game. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing football for an NCAA regulated team, call the NCAA concussion injury lawyers at Raizner Slania today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

3M Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Attorneys

Louisiana Couple File 3M Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Louisiana couple after the wife sustained a severe MRSA infection from the Bair Hugger warming device.

In September 2015, the plaintiff underwent bilateral total knee arthroplasties in which the Bair Hugger was used during the scope of her procedures. As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection, or PJI. The pathogen responsible for the infection was identified as MRSA.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, is an incredibly dangerous infection commonly acquired in hospitals. MRSA is oftentimes referred to as a “superbug” because it is resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat infections. PJIs are difficult to treat because bacteria on the prosthetic joint do not trigger the body’s immune system response. For patients with MRSA joint infections, the condition is very serious and potentially life threatening.

In order to treat the infection, the plaintiff had to undergo irrigation and debridement with exchange of tibial polyethylene spacers, PICC line antibiotics, and long-term antibiotic therapy. Unfortunately, she suffered additional complications from the infection, including sepsis, when the body’s immune system response injures its own organs and tissues. After prolonged hospital stays, the plaintiff was discharged to a rehabilitation facility to continue her recovery.

The plaintiff suffered terribly both physically and emotionally. Both she and her husband also suffered economically with extensive medical bills.

The Louisiana couple believes the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to properly warn them of the infection risks associated with the Bair Hugger warming device. The couple alleges the devices are defective, and the companies are in violation of the state of Louisiana’s consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices laws.

3M Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee replacement or revision surgery in the last five years and developed an infection, you may be able to obtain compensation. Call the experienced 3M Bair Hugger MRSA infection attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

ACC Concussion Lawsuit

Former Georgia Tech Student Files NCAA and ACC Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The plaintiff alleges the NCAA and ACC have been reckless in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of student athletes.

The plaintiff played football for Georgia Tech as a corner back and on special teams from 1996 to 1999. The plaintiff remembers suffering from a number of concussions while playing football at Georgia Tech. Specifically, the plaintiff remembers one instance where he was hit so hard during a kickoff that he suffered temporary, but complete, memory loss. The plaintiff believed he had returned to the sidelines on his own, and only after watching video footage of the play did he realize he was removed from the field.

Every time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was denied the appropriate medical treatment. In fact, the plaintiff was often told to just “shake it off” and was put back in the game. As a result of his time playing college football for Georgia Tech, the plaintiff now suffers from significant memory issues, anxiety, mood swings, and other debilitating issues.

Evidence of the long-term effects of concussions has existed for decades, but despite this, the NCAA and ACC failed to properly educate student athletes on the long-term effects of concussions sustained during play. The NCAA and the ACC also failed to implement concussion treatment procedures and return to play protocols the NCAA knew were necessary to monitor, mitigate, and manage the effects of concussions.

The NCAA has a moral duty to act en loco parentis, or in the place of parents. Parents send their children to college assuming they will be safe and unharmed, however, student-athletes still have developing brains, so concussions sustained while playing football can cause permanent cognitive damage.

NCAA and ACC Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or a loved one experienced brain trauma as a result of a head injury sustained while playing college football for a NCAA regulated team, please contact the attorneys at Raizner Slania. We can help you understand your legal options and seek compensation on your behalf. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys

California Couple Files 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Staph Infection

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

In July 2012, the plaintiff underwent a left total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into his open surgical wound that caused the plaintiff to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were coagulase-negative staphylococcus, staphylococcus epidermis, gram positive cocci, and staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus or “staph” as it is commonly called, is a type of bacteria that causes some of the most common infections. Staph epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is a type of staph infection that creates a biofilm around plastic devices inside the body. This biofilm acts as a breeding ground for other pathogens. When staph infections occur around an artificial joint, they can be incredibly difficult to treat with antibiotics.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, he had to undergo multiple staged removal and replacement procedures, insertion and removal of antibiotic spacers, hip aspiration, and long-term PICC line antibiotics to treat the infection.

The plaintiff suffered physically and emotionally from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, but he also suffered economically due to extensive medical bills and lost wages. The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger device is defective, and that 3M and Arizant failed to warn patients of the infection risks associated with the device.

Why Is The Bair Hugger Dangerous?

The Bair Hugger is a medical device used to regulate body temperature during surgery. The Bair Hugger works by sucking in air from the operating room, heating it, and dispersing it over the body through a blanket draped over the body. The blanket contains holes where the forced air can escape and warm the patient. However, it is now believed that the device sucks in contaminated air with dangerous pathogens, which gets exposed to open surgical wounds.

3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys

Patients who had hip or knee replacement surgery and developed an infection within the last five years may be able to file a claim. The experienced defective medical device attorneys at Rainzer Slania can analyze your claim and help you understand your legal options. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys

Former University of Maryland Football Player Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Maryland football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for its reckless disregard for the health of student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for the University of Maryland from 1978 to 1981 as a running back. During his time playing for the university, he recalls suffering a number of concussive and sub-concussive hits. When he suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was told to “shake it off” and was immediately returned to play.

Although the plaintiff sustained repetitive concussive and sub-concussive hits in practices and games for the profit and promotion of the University of Maryland, the NCAA and the ACC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during the plaintiff’s time on the football team.

In fact, every time the plaintiff suffered a concussion, he was denied the treatment the NCAA and ACC knew was required to monitor, manage, and mitigate the effects associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

As a result of his time playing college football for the university, the plaintiff now suffers from severe depression, fatigue, headaches, memory loss, and sleeping disorders, among other debilitating issues.

The NCAA was established to improve “the experiences of student-athletes – on the field, in the classroom, and in life.” The organization currently governs over 400,000 student athletes across the country. However, despite the NCAA’s claims of assisting student athletes, many former college football players are living with the long term consequences of the failure to define adequate concussion protocols for many years.

Football programs like those at the University of Maryland help the NCAA and ACC make millions every year. Unfortunately, the NCAA and ACC failed to safeguard the health of the athletes responsible for this revenue.

Raizner Slania: Concussion Lawsuit Attorneys

If you sustained a concussion while playing football for an NCAA regulated team or conference, the experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can help. We can explain your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawyers

Georgia Woman Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Staph Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Georgia woman who suffered a severe Staph infection caused by the Bair Hugger device.

In September 2011, the plaintiff underwent a right knee total arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of her procedure. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection or PJI. The pathogens were identified as staph epidermidis and staph aureus.

Staphylococcus, more commonly referred to as staph, is a bacteria that causes some of the most common infections, including pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and blood poisoning. Staph epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is a type of staph infection capable of creating a biofilm on plastic devices inside the body. This biofilm helps cultivate additional infections from other types of bacteria and can be difficult to treat with antibiotics. Staph aureus (S. aureus) is also a type of staph infection that can cause skin abscesses, respiratory infections, and food poisoning. When S. aureus is acquired during a joint replacement surgery, the infection can cause many serious side effects.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, she was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridements, knee aspirations, and long-term antibiotic therapy.

The infection not only caused the plaintiff to suffer physically, but also caused her economic loss from the extensive medical bills. The plaintiff alleges 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger device. She also believes the companies violated the consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices laws of the state of Georgia.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawyers

Patients deserve to know all of the risks associated with medical devices before their use. If you or someone you love received an infection after a hip or knee replacement surgery, you may be able to file a claim. Call the Bair Hugger staph infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.