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Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit

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.

Bair Hugger Amputation

Massachusetts Man Has Legs Amputated, Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Massachusetts man who suffered a severe infection as a result of the Bair Hugger warming blanket used during surgery. The plaintiff alleges the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to warn him of the infection risk associated with the device.

In December 2010, the plaintiff underwent a total left knee replacement in which the Bair Hugger device was used during the scope of his procedure. The device introduced contaminants into his open surgical wound, causing him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).

The pathogens identified were Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). MRSA is often referred to as a “super bug” because it is resistant to the antibiotics usually used to treat infections.

The plaintiff underwent extensive treatments to fight the infection, including prolonged antibiotic therapy and irrigation and debridement; but, unfortunately, he ultimately had to have his left leg amputated above the knee.

Although the infected leg was amputated, the MRSA infection had already spread to his spine where he developed an infection in his T12-L1 vertebrae. Once the MRSA infection reached the plaintiff’s spine, it spread to his right knee prosthesis. Unfortunately, the plaintiff also had to have his right leg amputated above the knee to fight the infection.

The plaintiff suffered immeasurably from the infections caused by the Bair Hugger device both economically, with the cost of medical treatment and loss of income capability, and emotionally. He alleges 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in failing to warn patients the Bair Hugger could cause serious infections. The plaintiff also believes the device is defective in design and manufacture.

Bair Hugger Amputation Attorneys

If you or someone you love developed a MRSA infection and/or suffered a leg amputation after a total hip or knee replacement surgery, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Call the experienced Bair Hugger infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today to schedule a free consultation. Our lawyers can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options.