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Bair Hugger Infections Lawyer

Indiana Couple Files Bair Hugger Defect Lawsuit After Infection

Raizner Slania filed a Bair Hugger defect lawsuit on behalf of an Indiana couple after the husband received a severe infection from the device. The couple believes the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to warn patients and doctors of the infection risk associated with the device.

In November 2012, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the duration of the procedure to regulate his body temperature. However, as a direct result of the Bair Hugger device, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a severe periprosthetic joint infection, more commonly referred to as a PJI. The pathogens identified were gram positive cocci, including a rare gram positive cocci.

Gram positive cocci are spherical-shaped bacteria that can cause a variety of common and severe infections, like Staphylococcus (staph), Streptococcus (strep), and Pneumococcus (pneumonia). Bacteria like gram positive cocci are incredibly difficult to treat, particularly in joint replacement patients, because bacteria present on artificial joints doesn’t trigger an immune system response, allowing the infection to run rampant.

As a result of plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger, he has undergone irrigation and debridement, PICC line antibiotics, and oral antibiotics to treat the infection. The Indiana couple believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in both design and manufacture and that both 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices under Indiana Law.

Use of the Bair Hugger

The Bair Hugger is used in nearly 80% of operating rooms across the country to regulate body temperature during surgery. Regulating temperature helps reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays, but the Bair Hugger’s design sucks up contaminants in air and disperses them over patients and their open surgical wounds, causing severe and life-threatening infections.

Bair Hugger Defect Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or someone you love sustained an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to hold the manufacturers responsible. The Bair Hugger defect lawsuit 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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Raizner Slania Files 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit on Behalf of Rhode Island Resident

Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a Rhode Island resident who sustained a severe infection after a surgery using the device.

In September 2015, the plaintiff underwent a left total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of her procedure. While the Bair Hugger warming blanket is used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during surgery, the device also introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly known as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were haemophilus parainfluenza, beta-hemolytic strep Group B, staphylococcus aureus, and citrobacter koseri.

Haemophilus parainfluenza, is a bacteria commonly found in the oral cavity of humans; however, when these bacteria are transmitted to other parts of the body, they can cause severe infections. Strains of haemophilus parainfluenza are becoming increasingly resistant to common antibiotics and require extensive medical treatment. Beta-hemolytic streptococci is a type of the common Step bacteria that causes the destruction of red blood cells. 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. Citrobacter koseri, or C. koseri, is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause life threatening complications like meningitis and sepsis.

As a result of plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger, she was forced to undergo multiple extensive irrigation and debridements, placement of wound vac, and long-term PICC line antibiotics. She suffered greatly as the result of her infections, both physically and economically.

The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in both design and manufacture and that the manufacturers, 3M Company and Araizant Healthcare, failed to adequately warn patients of the infection risk.

Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit Lawyer

If you underwent a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years and suffered a post-surgical infection, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Contact a Bair Hugger infection lawsuit lawyer at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

MRSA Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania Files MRSA Infection Lawsuit On Behalf Of D.C. Woman

Raizner Slania filed a MRSA infection lawsuit on behalf of a D.C. woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after she received an infection from the companies’ Bair Hugger warming blanket device.

The plaintiff underwent a left total hip arthroplasty in August 2015 in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of her procedure to regulate her temperature. While regulating body temperature during surgery can reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays, the Bair Hugger device also introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused her to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens were identified as MRSA and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA for short, is a strain of the common Staph infection that has become resistant to the antibiotics normally used to treat infections. Because of its resistance to antibiotics, MRSA is often referred to as a “super bug,” and is incredibly difficult for physicians to treat. Pseudomonas aeruginosa or P. aeruginosa is a gram negative bacteria that is a multi-drug resistant pathogen, meaning it is also resistant to some types of antibiotics used to treat infections.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infections caused by the Bair Hugger, she was forced to undergo removal and replacement surgery, multiple extensive irrigation and debridements, wound vac placement, and long-term PICC line antibiotics. Unfortunately, the plaintiff also suffered additional complications from the infections, including sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition caused by the body’s response to an infection.

The plaintiff suffered not only physically from the infections caused by the Bair Hugger, but also financially with extensive medical bills. The plaintiff believes 3M and Arizant failed to warn patients about the infection risk associated with their device and the Bair Hugger is unreasonably dangerous.

MRSA Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee surgery within the last five years and suffered from an infection, you may be able to file a claim. 3M and Arizant had a responsibility to warn patients of all risks related to their product. The experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania can help you hold these companies responsible. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit on Behalf of Michigan Couple

Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a Michigan couple after the wife suffered a severe infection from the device. The couple believes manufacturers 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare were negligent in failing to warn them of the dangers associated with the device.

In December 2014, the plaintiff underwent a left total knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into her open surgical wound, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The pathogen was identified as streptococcus bovis.

Streptococcus bovis, or S. bovis, is a gram-positive bacteria associated with endocarditis, or the inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, and colorectal cancer. As a result of the infection, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multiple irrigation and debridements with hardware exchanges, aspirations, wound vac application, PICC line antibiotics, and long-term antibiotics.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically, but she has also suffered economically, due to extensive medical bills. The plaintiff’s husband suffered from a loss of services and a loss of consortium as a result of his wife’s Bair Hugger infection.

The Michigan couple believes the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture and that the manufacturers committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Michigan law by selling the devices.

What Is The Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is a heating blanket used to regulate body temperature during surgery. The device contains a pump that pushes 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: 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years and suffered a post-surgical infection, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Call the experienced 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit Attorneys at Raizner Slania today to learn your legal options and protect your rights.

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North Carolina Couple Files 3M Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a Bair Hugger infection lawsuit on behalf of a North Carolina couple after the husband sustained an infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket used during surgery. The couple believes the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to adequately warn patients of the infection risks associated with the device.

In June 2015, the plaintiff underwent a right revision total knee replacement in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of his procedure to help regulate his body temperature. While regulating a patient’s body temperature during surgery can help reduce bleeding risks and shorten recovery time, the design of the Bair Hugger device introduces contaminants directly into patients’ open surgical wounds and causes them to develop serious infections.

As a result of the Bair Hugger device, the plaintiff developed a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were group G streptococcus and staphylococcus epidermis.

Group G streptococcus is a type of the common “Strep” bacteria. However, Group G streptococcus is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause serious and life-threatening infections. 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 makes S. epidermidis incredibly difficult to treat because the biofilm makes it immune to many types of antibiotics typically used to treat infections.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger device, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, antibiotic therapy, and irrigation and debridement with polyethylene exchange, among other treatments. Not only has the infection caused him extensive physical pain and suffering, but it has also placed a huge financial burden on him in the form of medical bills and lost wages.

The plaintiffs believe the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture. They also allege the manufacturers committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under North Carolina law.

3M Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

If you or someone you love sustained an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery in the past five years, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. The experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania can review your case and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to review your case.

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Florida Man Files Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Florida man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after he sustained a dangerous infection resulting from the use of the companies’ Bair Hugger device during surgery.

The plaintiff under went a total left hip replacement operation during which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of his procedure. The Bair Hugger device introduced contaminants into the his open surgical wounds that caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were pseudomonas aeruginosa and gram negative rods.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa or P. aeruginosa is a multidrug-resistant pathogen that can cause very serious infections in patients. If left untreated, P. aeruginosa can cause life threatening conditions like sepsis and pneumonia. Gram negative bacteria like gram negative rods have a unique outer membrane protecting them from penicillin and other antibiotics. Infections of gram negative bacteria can cause severe symptoms and even death.

As a result of the infections caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was not only forced to undergo a total hip revision surgery, but also required aspiration, PICC line antibiotics, and surgical debridement with a wound vac application.

The infection caused by the Bair Hugger not only caused the plaintiff to suffer physical pain, but = also created a financial burden in medical bills and lost wages. The plaintiff believes the companies were negligent in failing to warn him of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger warming blanket, and that the device is defective in design and manufacture.

Widespread Use Of The Bair Hugger

The Bair Hugger warming blanket is used in 80% of all operating rooms in the United States. This puts thousands of patients at risk, but is especially dangerous for patients receiving artificial joints. Infections that spread on artificial joints are not detected by the body’s immune system, making them incredibly difficult to treat.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Infection 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. Our consultations are free and we work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.