Category: Defective Medical Device Lawsuits

When ill or injured patients seek medical treatment, they’re putting their trust in the medical professionals they believe know best. Sometimes that trust can be broken, and the patient develops further injuries and/or severe health conditions as a result of medical devices that don’t perform the way the manufacturers intended for them to. The attorneys at Raizner Slania believe these manufacturers should be held liable for providing a defective product that resulted in life-changing and sometimes lethal consequences.


Bair Hugger MRSA Lawsuits

North Carolina Man Files Bair Hugger MRSA Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger MRSA lawsuit on behalf of a North Carolina man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The man alleges the companies failed to warn him that the Bair Hugger warming blanket has a serious infection risk due to its design.

In June 2014, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the course and scope of his right total hip arthroplasty. The Bair Hugger works by sucking in air from the operating room, heating it, and dispersing it over the patient via a blanket with holes. This allows contaminants in the operating room air to be forced into a patient’s open surgical wounds. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff sustained a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogen identified was MRSA.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, is a type of the common staph infection that has grown to become resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat infections. Ordinarily, the presence of bacteria triggers the body’s immune system response, however, when there is bacteria on an artificial joint, the immune system is not triggered. With a natural resistance to antibiotics and without the immune system’s response, treating a MRSA deep joint infection is incredibly difficult.

In order to fight the MRSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment, including removal and replacement surgeries, aspirations, placements and removals of antibiotic spacers, incision and drainage, and long-term PICC line antibiotics.

The plaintiff has not only suffered physically from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, but also economically, in the cost of medical treatments. The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger is defective in both design and manufacture and that 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare negligently misrepresented the safety of the device.

Bair Hugger MRSA Lawsuits

Manufacturers failed to warn patients of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger. If you or someone you love suffered an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, call the Bair Hugger MRSA attorneys at Raizner Slania today. We can help you protect your rights and pursue compensation on your behalf.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuits

Illinois Woman Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of an Illinois woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the woman sustained a severe infection from the device. The woman alleges 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the device.

In April 2013, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into her open surgical wound that caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogen identified was Staphylococcus.

Staphylococcus, or Staph, is gram-positive bacteria commonly be found on the human skin or in the nasal cavities. While Staph is normally found on the human body, it can cause severe infections when it is inside the body. When bacteria are present inside the body, the immune system detects its presence and responds. However, if bacteria are present on an artificial joint, the immune system cannot detect its presence and therefore doesn’t respond.

Deep joint infections are incredibly difficult to treat without the body’s natural immune response helping fight the infection. Patients often have to undergo extensive treatment and additional surgeries to treat the infection.

This was the case for the plaintiff, who had to undergo long-term antibiotic therapy, irrigation and debridement with a single staged removal, and replacement surgery to treat the Staph infection from the Bair Hugger.

The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger device is defective in both its design and its manufacturing. She also believes 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare engaged in consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuits

Patients who suffer deep joint infections from the Bair Hugger device not only suffer physically, but also economically. The Bair Hugger attorneys at Raizner Slania can pursue every avenue of compensation on your behalf. There is no upfront cost for working with us. All of our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation. If you suffered an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, call us today to schedule a consultation.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Lawsuit on Behalf of Florida Couple

Rainzer Slania has filed a Bair Hugger MRSA infection lawsuit on behalf of a Florida couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the husband sustained an infection from the device.

In February 2014, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure to regulate body temperature. Regulating body temperature during surgery can help reduce bleeding risks; however, the defective design of the Bair Hugger forces contaminants in the air into a patient’s open surgical wounds. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger being used during his surgery, the plaintiff developed a deep joint infection. The pathogen identified was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA.

MRSA is often called a superbug because it is resistant to most of the antibiotics used to treat infections. MRSA is a type of staph infection commonly found in hospitals. Proper sanitation procedures can help reduce the spread of MRSA in hospitals; however, if rooms and equipment are not properly cleaned, MRSA can spread and cause devastating consequences for patients. While some antibiotics can be used to treat MRSA, it can take time for doctors to determine exactly which antibiotic will be most effective.

As a result of the MRSA infection, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment including long-term antibiotic therapy and irrigation and debridement with hardware exchange. Unfortunately, he suffered additional complications from the treatment, including renal failure and synovitis, or the inflammation of the membranes in the joint.

The plaintiff suffered extensive physical pain from the infection. He also suffered economically due to the cost of the extensive medical treatments. His wife suffered from a loss of services due to her husband’s infection.

The Florida couple believes 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn them of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger, which resulted in the husband’s infection. The couple also asserts the Bair Hugger is defective in its design and manufacture.

Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Lawsuit

 Patients deserve to know all of the risks associated with medical devices prior to their use. Patients who underwent a hip or knee joint surgery and developed an infection may be able to file a claim. Contact Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your Bair Hugger infection case.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection

Colorado Couple File Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger Staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the wife suffered a severe infection.

In December 2011, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger caused contaminants to be introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, causing the development of a deep joint infection or DJI. The pathogen identified was staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is known commonly as a staph infection. S. aureus is a gram-positive, round-shaped bacterium, meaning it has very thick cell walls. These thick walls can make S. aureus difficult to treat. When on the skin, S. aureus can cause swelling, boils, pimples, and other staph infections. However, when S. aureus is inside the body it can cause life-threatening infections like pneumonia, meningitis, and bacteremia, among others.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment including multiple irrigation and debridements with synovectomy and polyethylene exchanges and long-term PICC line antibiotics.

Why Are DJIs So Dangerous?

Ordinarily when bacteria are present in the body, it triggers an immune system response which helps fight the infection. However, when bacteria are present on artificial joints it doesn’t trigger an immune system response, meaning the bacteria can go unchecked and cause life-threatening conditions.

The Bair Hugger is used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during surgery, but a defect in its design allows contaminated air to be spread over open surgical wounds. This distributes bacteria onto artificial joints and causes difficult-to-treat infections.

The plaintiffs allege they were never warned about the dangerous infection risk associated with Bair Hugger by the manufacturers. Not only has the plaintiff wife suffered physically, but the couple has also suffered financially. The plaintiffs had the right to know about all risks associated with the Bair Hugger prior to its use.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys 

If you or someone you love sustained an infection from a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to hold 3M and Arizant responsible. Contact the Bair Hugger staph infection attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger E. Coli Infection

Nevada Man Files Bair Hugger E. Coli Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger E. Coli infection lawsuit on behalf of a Nevada man after he sustained an infection from the device. The Nevada man claims the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to warn him of the infection risk associated with the device.

In October 2014, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger is designed to regulate a patient’s body temperature by dispersing air into a blanket with holes draped over the patient. Because of this design, the Bair Hugger has the potential to suck up air with contaminants and force the air into a patient’s open surgical wound.

As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) also known as a deep joint infection (PJI). The pathogen identified was E. Coli bacteremia.

Escherichia Coli or E. Coli as it is more commonly known, can cause a variety of infections, including meningitis and streptococcal infections. E. Coli might best be known for causing food poisoning, E. Coli joint infections can cause serious side effects, like septic arthritis, osteomyelitis (inflammation of the bone), and endocarditis (an infection in the heart’s lining).

The plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive treatment to fight the E. Coli infection, including multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, aspiration, extensive irrigation and debridements, placement and removal of antibiotic spacers, long-term PICC line antibiotics. The plaintiff suffered additional complications from his medical treatment, including anemia and acute renal failure.

The plaintiff suffered physically from his infection caused by the Bair Hugger and economically due to the cost of extensive medical treatment. The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger is defective in both design and manufacture and that 3M and Arizant have committed consumer fraud and/or engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices under Nevada state law.

Bair Hugger E. Coli Infection Lawyers

If you suffered an E. Coli infection or any other type of infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to file a claim against the Bair Hugger manufacturers. Call the experienced Bair Hugger E. Coli infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger Infection Attorneys

South Carolina Couple File Bair Hugger Infection Suit

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

In February 2014, the plaintiff underwent a left total knee replacement in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. Because most patients experience hypothermia during surgery, the Bair Hugger warming blanket is used to regulate body temperature. While regulating body temperature can help reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays, a defect in the Bair Hugger’s design allows contaminated air to be pushed into a patient’s open surgical wound, causing infections.

During the plaintiff’s surgery, contaminants were introduced into the his open surgical wound that caused him to develop a deep joint infection or DJI. The pathogen identified was Methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and a rare gram positive cocci.

MSSA is a type of the common Staph infection that can naturally be found on the skin or in the nose. However, when MSSA is introduced into an open surgical wound, it can lead to severe and potentially fatal infections. MSSA can cause a variety of dangerous complications like septicemia or infection of the blood.

MSSA can be extremely difficult to treat when it causes a deep joint infection. While the presence of bacteria usually triggers the body’s immune system response, if the infection is present on an artificial joint it will not trigger a response.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo knee aspiration, extensive irrigation and debridement with hardware exchange, and long-term PICC line antibiotic therapy.

The plaintiff has suffered severely from the infection both physically and financially with the cost of extensive medical treatment. The South Carolina couple asserts 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of the infection risks associated with the device and that the device is defective in design and manufacture.

Bair Hugger Infection Attorneys

If you or someone you love suffered an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery, you may able to obtain compensation for your injuries. The experienced Bair Hugger infection attorneys at Raizner Slania can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.