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Virginia Man Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Virginia man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The plaintiff believes the companies failed to warn him of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger device.

In April 2013, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of his revision left total knee arthroplasty. 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 (DJI). The pathogen identified was coagulase negative staph (MSSA).

Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus or MSSA is a type of staph infection that is resistant to several types of antibiotics commonly used to treat infections. Because of its resistance to antibiotics, MSSA is incredibly difficult to treat and can be life-threatening. For patients who develop MSSA infections after joint replacement surgery, treating the infections is even more challenging because artificial joint infections do not trigger the body’s natural immune response.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger, he was forced to undergo multiple revision surgeries, incision and drainage, long-term PICC line antibiotics, and was eventually discharged to a skilled nursing facility for further care.

The MSSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger not only caused the plaintiff to suffer physically, but also caused him economic harm. The plaintiff has extensive medical bills from the multiple surgeries and long-term treatment needed to fight the infection.

The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger is defective in both design and manufacture and that the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Virginia law.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

 Thousands of patients have been exposed to infection risks associated with the Bair Hugger medical device. If you or someone you love developed an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to hold the manufacturers responsible. Contact the experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Louisiana Couple Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Louisiana couple against Arizant Healthcare and 3M Company after the husband suffered a severe infection.

In December 2015, the plaintiff underwent a right hip bipolar hemiarthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. However, the Bair Hugger device introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused him to develop a deep joint infection. The pathogen identified was staphylococcus aureus.

Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly referred to as staph, is a common infection found in hospitals that can be difficult to treat, particularly in patients who have undergone joint replacement surgery. Although the body is capable of fighting off most bacteria, bacteria present on artificial joints do not trigger the body’s immune system response. This makes post-surgical infections very dangerous for patients with medical implants, and can cause them serious and life-threatening side effects.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multiple excisional debridements, an incision and drainage along with a single-stage removal surgery, long-term PICC line antibiotics, and was ultimately discharged to a rehabilitation facility for further treatment.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically from the infection, but he has also suffered economically with extensive medical bills. The Louisiana couple believes the device is defective in design in manufacture, and that 3M and Arizant failed to warn patients and doctors of its risks.

Why Do Hospitals Use The Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is used to regulate body temperature during surgery. Without a device to regulate temperature, most patients would experience hypothermia during operations. By regulating body temperature, patients can reduce their bleeding risk and shorten hospital stays. Unfortunately, the design of the Bair Hugger sucks in contaminants from the operating room and disperses them over the patient, leading to dangerous infections.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawyers

If you sustained a staph infection after a joint replacement surgery, call the defective device lawyers at Raizner Slania today. We can evaluate your case and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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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.

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Raizner Slania Files 3M Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Lawsuit On Behalf of Ohio Couple

Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger MRSA infection lawsuit on behalf of a Ohio couple after the wife suffered a severe infection from the device. The couple believes 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to adequately warn them of the infection risks associated with their dangerous medical device.

In July 2015, the plaintiff underwent a total knee arthroplasty during which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of her procedure. The Bair Hugger device caused contaminants to be introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. These contaminants caused her to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogen responsible for the infection was identified as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA.

MRSA is a type of Staph infection that is incredibly dangerous because it is resistant to many antibiotics typically used to treat infections. Because MRSA is difficult to treat, patients often experience a variety of serious and life threatening side effects, including sepsis, pneumonia, and bloodstream infections, among others. MRSA infections are particularly dangerous for hip and knee implant patients, and can require complete amputation of the affected limb to fight the infection.

As a result of the MRSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement and removal of an antibiotic spacer, multiple aspirations, and long-term PICC line antibiotics.

The plaintiff not only suffered physically from her infection, but also suffered economically both with the cost of extensive medical treatment and lost wages. The Ohio couple alleges the Bair Hugger warming blanket is defective in design and manufacture and is unreasonably dangerous. The plaintiffs also assert 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law. 

Raizner Slania: 3M Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Lawsuit Attorneys 

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 your legal options. We offer free consultations and you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover financially.

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Kansas Couple Files 3M Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a 3M Bair Hugger infection lawsuit on behalf of a Kansas couple after the husband sustained a severe infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket. The couple alleges manufacturers 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to adequately warn them of the infection risk associated with the device.

The plaintiff underwent a total left knee arthroplasty in November 2015 during which the Bair Hugger blanket was used throughout the scope of his procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into his open surgical wounds, causing him to develop a severe periprosthetic joint infection or PJI. The pathogen identified was pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa, more commonly referred to as P. aeruginosa, is a rod-shaped bacteria that thrives on moist surfaces, particularly medical equipment. P. aeruginosa is know to be resistant to several types of popular antibiotics normally used to treat infections, making the bacteria extremely difficult to treat. P. aeruginosa can cause potentially life-threatening conditions like inflammation and sepsis. Unfortunately for patients, the high doses of antibiotics required to treat P. aeruginosa can also cause adverse side effects.

As a direct result of the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision surgeries, placement and removal of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridement, and long-term PICC line antibiotics. The plaintiff suffered additional complications including anemia due to acute blood loss requiring blood transfusions.

The infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket caused the plaintiff to suffer physically, emotionally, and financially, including the costs of extensive medical treatment and lost wages.

The plaintiff alleges 3M and Arizant produced a defective device both in design and manufacture and that the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Kansas law.

3M Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuits

Patients deserve to know all risks associated with medical devices so they can make informed decisions about their health. Patients who underwent hip or knee replacement surgeries in the past five years may have been unknowingly exposed to increased health risks due to the use of the Bair Hugger device. If you or someone you love suffered an infection after a hip or knee replacement surgery, the experienced 3M Bair Hugger infection lawyers at Raizner Slania can help. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit On Behalf of Kentucky Couple

Raizner Slania filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Kentucky couple against manufacturers 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the wife sustained a staph infection from the device.

In July 2015, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used to regulate her temperature. As a direct result of the use of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound. The contaminants caused her to develop a deep joint infection, more commonly referred to as DJI. The pathogens identified were methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus, proteus mirabilis, and morganella morganii.

Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus or MSSA, is a type of bacteria commonly called a staph infection. However, what makes this MSSA infection different than a common staph infection is bacteria grows on the artificial joint. This makes the infection more difficult to treat. Proteus mirabilis is a type of bacteria commonly associated with hospitals. Left untreated, this type of infection can be life-threatening and even fatal. Morganella morganii is a gram-negative bacteria often found in surgery patients.

As a result of plaintiff’s infections caused by the Bair Hugger, she had to undergo additional medical treatments, including multiple irrigation and debridements with hardware exchanges, long-term PICC line antibiotics, and long-term oral antibiotics. Unfortunately, she suffered additional complications from the infection treatment, including renal failure requiring a month-long hospital stay and hemodialysis.

Not only has the patient suffered physical pain from the infections, but she has also been burdened with a huge economic loss from the extensive additional medical treatments required.

The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger is unreasonably dangerous and manufacturers failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the device. The plaintiff also alleges the companies violated Kentucky’s consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practice laws.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit 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. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.