Month: March 2017

NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit Attorneys

Raizner Slania Files NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit on Behalf of UCLA Player

Raizner Slania filed a NCAA concussion injury lawsuit on behalf of a former University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) football player against the Pac-12 Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The plaintiff alleges the Pac-12 and the NCAA recklessly endangered the wellbeing of student-athletes by failing to protect them from the long-term consequences of concussions.

The plaintiff played college football for UCLA from 1978 to 1983 as a wide receiver, corner, and strong safety. In 1982, he also served as team captain. He recalls suffering over twenty concussions in practices and games during his time at UCLA. Each time he suffered a concussion, he did not receive the medical attention the Pac-12 and NCAA knew was needed to help manage, mitigate, and monitor the effects of a concussion.

Each time the plaintiff received a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was immediately returned to the field of play. As a result of his time playing for UCLA, the plaintiff now suffers from memory loss, a decline in cognitive functioning, light sensitivity, anxiety, headaches, and other debilitating issues.

The Effects of Repeated Impacts to the Head

Repeated concussions can have permanent and degenerative effects on the brain. Not only can impacts to the head cause brain cells to die, but they can also cause the cells to release a protein called Tau, more commonly referred to as T-proteins. T-proteins cause brain cells to die slowly over time, even after the repeated trauma to the brain stops. For many college athletes, the damage sustained during their college years are just now starting to manifest in neurological symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse or stop the effects of T-proteins once they have been released by dying brain cells.

NCAA Concussion Injury Lawsuit Attorneys

Many former college athletes are developing debilitating injuries years after their last games. The NCAA, its colleges, and its conferences were charged with protecting student-athletes, but failed to protect them from the long-term effects of concussions. If you or someone you love sustained a concussion while playing college football for an NCAA regulated team, you have legal options. The NCAA concussion injury lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania can help you pursue compensation. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

Concussion Lawsuit Injury Attorneys

Former University of Pittsburgh Athlete Files Concussion Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a former University of Pittsburgh football player against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the American Athletic Conference (AAC) for their reckless disregard for the health and well-being of student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for Pittsburgh as a fullback from 2005 to 2009. He remembers suffering a number of concussions during both practice and games while playing on behalf of the university. The plaintiff frequently sustained concussive and sub-concussive impacts to the head, some which caused him to black out during play.

Since the inception of Pittsburgh’s football program, through at least 2010, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student-athletes during practice and in games. Although the plaintiff sustained repetitive hits to the head during practices and games played for their profit and promotion, the NCAA and the AAC failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines during his time on Pittsburgh’s football team.

As a result, the plaintiff now suffers from depression, light sensitivity, memory loss, and other debilitating issues.

Unfortunately for student-athletes, the effects of repeated concussions are not always immediately apparent. Symptoms can take years or even decades to manifest, but brain damage sustained during their years playing college football will be permanent. When a person suffers a concussion, the brain is often stretched, torn, and/or bruised. This kills brain cells called neuronal cells, which in turn releases a protein that can further damage the brain. There is no way to stop or reverse the damage caused by repeated concussions.

Although evidence linking repeated head impacts to long-term side effects has existed for decades, the NCAA failed to properly educate student athletes of the effects they could suffer later in life as a result of their time playing football in college.

Raizner Slania: Concussion Lawsuit Injury Attorneys

If you received a concussion while playing college football for an NCAA regulated team, the experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania can help. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit

Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit On Behalf of Kentucky Couple

Raizner Slania filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Kentucky couple against manufacturers 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the wife sustained a staph infection from the device.

In July 2015, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used to regulate her temperature. As a direct result of the use of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. The contaminants caused her to develop a deep joint infection, more commonly referred to as DJI. The pathogens identified were methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus, proteus mirabilis, and morganella morganii.

Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus or MSSA, is a type of bacteria commonly called a staph infection. However, what makes this MSSA infection different than a common staph infection is bacteria grows on the artificial joint. This makes the infection more difficult to treat. Proteus mirabilis is a type of bacteria commonly associated with hospitals. Left untreated, this type of infection can be life-threatening and even fatal. Morganella morganii is a gram-negative bacteria often found in surgery patients.

As a result of plaintiff’s infections caused by the Bair Hugger, she had to undergo additional medical treatments, including multiple irrigation and debridements with hardware exchanges, long-term PICC line antibiotics, and long-term oral antibiotics. Unfortunately, she suffered additional complications from the infection treatment, including renal failure requiring a month-long hospital stay and hemodialysis.

Not only has the patient suffered physical pain from the infections, but she has also been burdened with a huge economic loss from the extensive additional medical treatments required.

The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger is unreasonably dangerous and manufacturers failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the device. The plaintiff also alleges the companies violated Kentucky’s consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practice laws.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

If you suffered from an infection after a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years, call the experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania today. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

Concussion Injury Lawsuit

Raizner Slania Files Concussion Injury Lawsuit On Behalf of Syracuse Football Player

Raizner Slania filed a concussion lawsuit against Syracuse University, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the American Athletic Conference (ACC) on behalf of a former Syracuse University football player for the reckless disregard for the health and well being of its student athletes.

The plaintiff played college football for Syracuse from 2003 to 2005 as a receiver, kick returner, and cornerback. He suffered a number of concussions during both practices and games. In particular, he recalls getting his “bell rung” many times over the three-year span. Many times he was hit so hard his ears would ring, his vision would become blurry, and he would see stars. In one instance, the plaintiff was hit with such force that during a punt return he became so disoriented he experienced difficulty walking.

Since the inception of Syracuse’s football program through at least 2010 and beyond, there were no adequate concussion management protocols or policies in place to address and treat concussions sustained by student athletes during practice and in games. Each time the plaintiff suffered a concussive or sub-concussive hit, he was deprived by Syracuse, the NCAA, and the AAC of the appropriate medical attention and treatment necessary to monitor, manage, and mitigate risks associated with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

As a direct result of his time playing football for Syracuse, the plaintiff now suffers from memory loss, headaches, mood swings, depression, and other debilitating issues.

Unfortunately for football players, the effects of repeated concussions are not always immediate. For many college athletes, they begin experiencing symptoms long after their last game on the field. Because the concussions were sustained during practices and games for the profit of the NCAA and the ACC, these organizations should be held responsible.

Raizner Slania: Concussion Injury Lawsuit Attorneys

The NCAA, its universities, and its conferences have a responsibility to safeguard players’ health and wellbeing both on and off the field, not to be a silent party to their injuries. If you or someone you loved suffered concussions while playing for an NCAA regulated team, you may be able to file a claim. Call the experienced trial lawyers at Raizner Slania today to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys

Oregon Woman Files Lawsuit After Bair Hugger Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon woman after she suffered a severe infection contracted during surgery caused by the Bair Hugger device. The plaintiff believes the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to warn her of the infection risks associated with the device.

In October 2015, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming system was used during her left total hip arthroplasty. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The pathogen identified as the cause of the infection was staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly referred to as staph, is a common infection found in hospitals that can be difficult to treat, particularly in joint replacement patients. Although the body is capable of fighting off most bacteria, bacteria present on artificial joints do not trigger the body’s immune system response. This makes post-surgical PJIs very dangerous for patients and can cause serious and life-threatening side effects.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, the plaintiff was forced to undergo hip aspiration, irrigation and debridement, and long-term PICC line antibiotics to treat the infection.

While the plaintiff suffered physically from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, she also struggles economically with the cost of additional medical treatment necessitated by the infection the Bair Hugger caused.

The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture and that the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Oregon state law.

What Is The Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is a heating device used to regulate body temperature during surgery. The device consists of a pump pushing air through a blanket draped over the patient, dispersing the pumped air over the patient through tiny holes in the blanket. Unfortunately for patients, it is now believed the pump system can suck in airborne contaminants, push them over the patient’s body, and force them into open surgical wounds, causing infections.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years and suffered from a post-surgical infection, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Call the experienced Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys at Raizner Slania today to learn your legal options and protect your rights.

Arizant Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys

Kentucky Couple Files Arizant Bair Hugger Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Kentucky couple against Arizant Healthcare and 3M Company after the wife sustained a severe infection from the Bair Hugger warming device.

The plaintiff underwent a total right knee arthroplasty in September 2015 during which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of the procedure to regulate her temperature. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into her open surgical wounds, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection, also known as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogen identified was methicillin‐sensitive Staphylococcus aureus or MSSA.

Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as Staph, is a common bacteria that can be found in hospital settings. MSSA is a type of Staph infection that has grown resistant to some antibiotics normally used to treat infections. This can make treating MSSA particularly difficult. For patients who develop MSSA infections after joint replacement surgery, treating the infection is even more challenging because joint infections do not trigger the body’s natural immune response.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the patient was forced to undergo extensive treatment, including hip aspirations, multiple irrigation and debridements, removal and replacement surgeries with placements of antibiotic beads, and long-term PICC line antibiotics.

The couple alleges Arizant and 3M were grossly negligent in failing to warn patients of the dangers associated with the Bair Hugger. The couple also believes the device is defective in design and manufacture. The couple asserts the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Kentucky state law.

Why Is The Bair Hugger So Dangerous?

The Bair Hugger works by sucking up air in the operating room, heating it, and dispersing it over the patient to regulate body temperature during surgery. Unfortunately, contaminants in the air are also forced through the machine and into patients’ open surgical wounds, causing serious and life threatening infections.

Arizant Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys

Patients who had total hip or knee replacement surgeries and developed an infection within the last five years may be entitled to financial compensation. The experienced defective medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania offer free, no-obligation consultations to individuals who may have suffered a hip or knee replacement infection due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket. Call us today to schedule your consultation.