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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 Ohio Couple

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, Inc. on behalf of an Ohio couple, after the wife suffered severe complications from the Bair Hugger Warming System used during surgery.

In November 2013, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger was used during the course of the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s surgical wound that resulted in the her developing a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).

As a result of the joint infection, the plaintiff had to undergo extensive additional medical treatment, including multiple stages of removal, revision arthroplasties, placement of spacers, multiple aspirations, and antibiotic therapy.

The additional treatment required as a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger caused the patient to suffer from painful injuries and substantial economic loss. The plaintiff’s spouse also suffered from a loss of consortium and loss of services as a result of the infection.

The plaintiffs allege 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of risks associated with the Bair Hugger and that the device is defective in design and manufacture. Additionally, the plaintiffs believe the companies are in breach of the implied warranty of the Merchantability Law of the State of Ohio and committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

The Ohio couple joins a growing number of other plaintiffs trying to hold the defective medical device manufacturers responsible for injuries caused. Cases have been filed in state courts across the country, and the federal court claims have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in Minnesota.

Because 80% of hospitals utilize the Bair Hugger during surgeries, thousands of Americans have been exposed to an increased risk of infection. If you or someone you love developed an infection after a total hip and/or knee replacement surgery within the last five years, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Attorneys

The experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania are currently offering free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who may have suffered a hip or knee replacement infection due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.