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MRSA Infection Lawsuits

Florida Couple Files MRSA Infection Lawsuit

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

In January 2014, the husband underwent a bipolar left hemiarthroplasty in which the head of the femur is replaced with an artificial implant. During the scope of the procedure, the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used to regulate his body temperature. However, the Bair Hugger also introduced contaminants from the operating room air into his open surgical wound, causing him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection. The pathogen identified was MRSA.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA as it is commonly referred to, is a strain of the common Staph infection that has grown resistant to antibiotics. Because of its resistance to the antibiotics normally used to treat infections, MRSA is often called a “super bug.” MRSA infections in joint replacement patients are particularly dangerous. Ordinarily, the presence of bacteria triggers the body’s immune system response, but bacteria present on artificial joints does not. This means the infection can go unchecked by the body.

Although MRSA is incredibly rare in nature, it can often be found in hospitals. MRSA can cause severe complications and even death. For patients who have contracted MRSA, extensive medical treatments must be undertaken to treat the infection.

As a result of the plaintiff’s own MRSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger, he underwent multi-staged removal and replacement surgeries, placement and removal of antibiotic spacer, irrigation and debridements, and long-term PICC line antibiotics. Additionally, he had to undergo a trochanteric osteotomy (an additional hip replacement surgery), open reduction and internal fixation of trochanter, excision of sinus tract, and sciatic nerve release/neurolysis.

The Florida couple believes 3M and Arizant were blatantly negligent in their failure to warn doctors and patients of the infection risk associated with the device. They also allege the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture.

MRSA Infection Lawsuits

If you suffered a MRSA infection after a hip or knee joint surgery, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturers of a warming blanket used during your hospital stay. The experienced medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Raizner Slania Files MRSA Infection Lawsuit On Behalf of Texas Couple

Raizner Slania has filed a MRSA infection lawsuit on behalf of a Texas couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare for an infection caused by their Bair Hugger warming blanket.

In October 2015, the husband underwent a revision right total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger regulates a patient’s body temperature by dispersing air through holes in a blanket draped over the patient. While regulating body temperature can help reduce bleeding risks, the device also introduces contaminants into patients’ open surgical wounds. As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff developed a deep joint infection. The pathogen identified was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA.

MRSA is often referred to as a “super bug” because it is resistant to antibiotics normally used to treat infections. MRSA is a form of the common staph infection that is incredibly difficult to treat, particularly in joint replacement patients. MRSA can cause a variety of dangerous and life-threatening complications like sepsis, pneumonia, and bloodstream infections, among others. In some cases, amputation of the entire limb is the only way to treat a MRSA infection.

As a result of the MRSA infection, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multiple extensive irrigation and debridements with arthrotomy, multiple placements and removals of wound vacs and irrigating wound vacs, long-term PICC line antibiotics, long-term oral antibiotics, and required an additional washout and delayed primary closure.

Not only did the MRSA infection cause the plaintiff pain and suffering, but the required medical treatments left the couple with extensive medical bills. The couple believes 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger and that the device is defective.

MRSA Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

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.