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.