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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.

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Missouri Woman Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Missouri woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The plaintiff alleges the companies failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger warming blanket.

In October 2014, the plaintiff underwent a right total knee arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure to regulate her body temperature. While regulating a patient’s body temperature during surgery can reduce bleeding risks and reduce the duration of hospital stays, the design of the Bair Hugger causes contaminants from the operating room to be dispersed over a patient’s open surgical wounds.

As a direct result of the use of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection, also referred to as a deep joint infection. The pathogens identified were methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus, rare gram-positive cocci, and gamma streptococcus.

Methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus, or MSSA, is a form of the common Staph infection. MSSA is particularly difficult to treat in joint surgery patients because bacteria present on artificial joints do not trigger the body’s natural immune system response.

In order to treat the infection, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision surgeries, multiple irrigation and debridements with hardware exchange, placement of hemovac drain, knee aspirations, and long- term PICC line antibiotics. Additionally, she will be required to stay on a course of lifetime oral antibiotics.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, but she has also suffered economically due to the cost of her extensive medical treatment. The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in design and manufacture and that 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

If you suffered a staph infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, you may be able to file a claim against Bair Hugger manufacturers. Contact the experienced Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit On Behalf of Missouri Woman

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a Missouri woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after she suffered a severe infection from the device.

On October 2011, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of her right total hip arthroplasty. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into her open surgical wound that caused her to develop a deep joint infection or DJI. The pathogens identified were a rare serratia marcescens and a rare corynebacterium.

Serratia marcescens or S. marcescens is a rod-shaped gram negative bacteria commonly associated with hospital acquired infections (HAIs). S. marcescens accounts for approximately 1.4% of all HAI in the United States each year. Many strains of S. marcescens are resistant to antibiotics commonly used to treat infections.

Corynebacterium is a rare type of gram positive bacteria that can be commonly found in patients with artificial devices and joints. Corynebacterium is an opportunistic bacteria, making it very dangerous for patients with compromised immune systems. Corynebacterium is responsible for many serious diseases and conditions including diphtheria, inflammation of the lung tissues, and inflammation of the inner lining of the heart, among others.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, multiple irrigation and debridements, antibiotic bead placement, placement of antibiotic spacers, and PICC line antibiotic therapy. The plaintiff suffered additional complications as a result of the infection, including a septic hip, and was ultimately placed on lifetime antibiotic therapy.

The plaintiff alleges 3M and Arizant failed to adequately warn patients and doctors of the infection risk associated with the device and that the device is defective in design and manufacture.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

If you suffered a deep joint infection after a hip or knee joint surgery, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers. The Bair Hugger lawsuits 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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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.

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.