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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 Staph Infection Lawyers

Georgia Woman Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Staph Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Georgia woman who suffered a severe Staph infection caused by the Bair Hugger device.

In September 2011, the plaintiff underwent a right knee total arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the scope of her procedure. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection or PJI. The pathogens were identified as staph epidermidis and staph aureus.

Staphylococcus, more commonly referred to as staph, is a bacteria that causes some of the most common infections, including pneumonia, toxic shock syndrome, and blood poisoning. Staph epidermidis (S. epidermidis) is a type of staph infection capable of creating a biofilm on plastic devices inside the body. This biofilm helps cultivate additional infections from other types of bacteria and can be difficult to treat with antibiotics. Staph aureus (S. aureus) is also a type of staph infection that can cause skin abscesses, respiratory infections, and food poisoning. When S. aureus is acquired during a joint replacement surgery, the infection can cause many serious side effects.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, she was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridements, knee aspirations, and long-term antibiotic therapy.

The infection not only caused the plaintiff to suffer physically, but also caused her economic loss from the extensive medical bills. The plaintiff alleges 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger device. She also believes the companies violated the consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices laws of the state of Georgia.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawyers

Patients deserve to know all of the risks associated with medical devices before their use. If you or someone you love received an infection after a hip or knee replacement surgery, you may be able to file a claim. Call the Bair Hugger staph infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit

North Carolina Man Files Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit Against 3M and Arizant

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a North Carolina man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the man suffered an infection caused by the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket. The lawsuit alleges the company failed to properly warn that the Bair Hugger device could cause infections when used during total hip or knee replacement surgeries.

In March 2011, the plaintiff underwent a total hip replacement surgery during which the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming System was used during the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that resulted in the development of a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly known as a deep joint infection (DJI).

The infection was identified as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). MRSA is sometimes referred to as a “superbug” because the bacteria is resistant to most types of antibiotics commonly used to treat infections.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger, he had to undergo irrigation and debridement, which removed infected soft tissue from his body and also had part of his metal hip implant removed. Additionally, he had to undergo antibiotic therapy to fight the infection.

The infection not only caused the plaintiff additional pain and suffering, but caused substantial economic loss in medical bills and lost wages.

The plaintiff alleges that 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in their failure to warn patients and that the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacturing. The plaintiff also claims the companies are in breach of the implied warranty of merchantability and violated the Consumer Fraud and/or Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Law of the state of North Carolina.

Bair Hugger Infection Lawyers

Patients who had a total hip or knee implant replacement surgeries and developed an infection within the last five years may be entitled to compensation. The experienced defective medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania offer free, no-obligation consultations to individuals who may have suffered a hip or knee replacement infection due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket. Call Raizner Slania today learn more about your legal rights.