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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.

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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.

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.

Bair Hugger Claims

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.