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Rainer Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit on Behalf of New York Man

Raizner Slania has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New York man after he sustained a severe infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket manufactured by 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare.

In September 2012, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger warming blanket is used to regulate body temperature, which can help reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays. However, the device introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds, causing him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The pathogens identified were staphylococcus aureus and gram-positive cocci.

Staphylococcus aureus is a type of the common Staph infection found in the nose and respiratory tract. While the bacteria exist naturally in the nose and respiratory tract, when Staphylococcus aureus is present in other areas of the body, it can cause serious infections that are very difficult to treat.

As a result of his infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-stage removal and revision surgeries, placement and removal of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridement, aspirations, and long-term PICC line antibiotics to treat the infection.

Because of the extensive medical treatment needed to fight the infection, the plaintiff suffered not only physically, but economically as well. He believes 3M and Arizant failed to adequately warn him of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger. The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger warming blanket is defective in design and manufacture.

How The Bair Hugger Works

The Bair Hugger consists of a blanket with holes that is draped over the patient and a unit that distributes air into the blanket. The Bair Hugger sucks up air from the operating room and forces it into the blanket and out of the holes in the blanket to help regulate body temperature. Unfortunately, while sucking in air, the Bair Hugger also sucks in contaminants in the operating room and directs them to a patient’s open surgical wounds, causing infections.

3M Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

If you suffered a deep joint infection after a hip or knee surgery within the last five years, you may be able to hold the manufacturers of the Bair Hugger responsible. Contact the 3M Bair Hugger infection lawsuit attorneys at Raizner Slania today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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Oregon Woman Files Lawsuit After Bair Hugger Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Oregon woman after she suffered a severe infection contracted during surgery caused by the Bair Hugger device. The plaintiff believes the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to warn her of the infection risks associated with the device.

In October 2015, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming system was used during her left total hip arthroplasty. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The pathogen identified as the cause of the infection 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 joint replacement patients. 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 PJIs very dangerous for patients and can cause serious and life-threatening side effects.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, the plaintiff was forced to undergo hip aspiration, irrigation and debridement, and long-term PICC line antibiotics to treat the infection.

While the plaintiff suffered physically from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, she also struggles economically with the cost of additional medical treatment necessitated by the infection the Bair Hugger caused.

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

What Is The Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is a heating device used to regulate body temperature during surgery. The device consists of a pump pushing 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: Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee joint replacement surgery within the last five years and suffered from a post-surgical infection, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries. Call the experienced Bair Hugger Staph Infection Attorneys at Raizner Slania today to learn your legal options and protect your rights.

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Tennessee Man Blames Bair Hugger Device For MRSA Infection

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Tenneessee man who contracted an infection caused by the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket. The plaintiff alleges the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, were grossly negligent in their failure to warn patients and doctors of the infection risk associated with the device.

In October 2013, the plaintiff underwent a total left and right knee replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the duration of the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds, causing the development of a deep joint infection (DJI).

The infection was identified as Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is referred to as a “superbug,” because it is resistant to antibiotics normally used to treat infections. The plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment to fight the infection, including multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, application of wound vacs, irrigation and debridement, knee aspirations, and extensive antibiotic therapy. Unfortunately, the line placement for the delivery of IV antibiotics caused the plaintiff to develop a blood clot in his left upper arm.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered severe physical and emotional pain, but he also suffered substantial economic loss from extensive medical bills.

The plaintiff claims the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture and that 3M and Arizant are in breach of Tennessee’s implied warranty of merchantability. The plaintiff also asserts 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Tennessee law.

Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuits

Because a majority of U.S. hospitals utilize the Bair Hugger warming blanket during knee and hip replacement surgeries, thousands of Americans have been exposed to an increased risk of post-operative infections. There are currently over 800 Bair Hugger lawsuits on file that have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in Minnesota.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger MRSA Infection Attorneys

If you or someone you love developed an infection after a total hip and/or knee replacement surgery within the last five years, call the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Rainzer Slania today. We can analyze your case and help you understand your legal options. Our consultations are free and you don’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit On Behalf of New Jersey Couple

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a New Jersey couple after the husband received an infection from the Bair Hugger warming blanket used during his surgery. The couple claim the manufacturers, 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, failed to adequately warn them the device had an increased infection risk.

The plaintiff underwent a total right knee replacement surgery in May 2015 in which the Bair Hugger device was used during the scope of the procedure. The device introduced contaminants 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 infection was identified as Staphylococcus Aureus, more commonly referred to as a Staph infection.

In order to treat the infection caused by the Bair Hugger device, the plaintiff had to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, knee aspirations, irrigation and debridement, and antibiotic therapy via a PICC line.

The plaintiff not only experienced pain and suffering caused by the infection, but also huge economic loss from the costly medical expenses required to treat it. The plaintiff’s spouse also suffered from a loss of consortium and services.

The couple alleges 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in failing to warn patients and the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture. The couple alleges the companies committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under the New Jersey state law.

The Dangers of the Bair Hugger

Although the body is capable of fighting infections in other regions, joint infections are incredibly difficult for the body’s immune system to combat. Post-surgical deep joint infections often require an increased length of hospitalization, additional surgeries, the prescription of strong medications, and even necessitate the removal of the implanted medical device. In severe cases, the infection can even result in amputation or death.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Infection Attorneys

Patients who had a total hip or knee implant replacement surgery and developed an infection within the last five years may be entitled to compensation. The experienced defective medical device attorneys at Rainzer Slania can analyze your claim and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Louisiana Family Files Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of the family of a Louisiana woman who suffered severe complications from an infection caused by the companies’ Bair Hugger Warming System used during surgery. The infection from the defective medical device was so severe, the plaintiff underwent an amputation of her left leg and, tragically, she subsequently passed away as a result of her injuries.

In February 2015, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used during the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound that resulted in a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI). The infection was identified as Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE). VRE is an antibiotic resistant infection that is most commonly found in hospitals.

As a direct result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket, the plaintiff underwent multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, placement of a wound vac, numerous irrigation and debridement procedures, and antibiotic therapy.

Despite extensive medical treatment, the plaintiff developed a polymicrobial infection that required the amputation of her left leg. Unfortunately, the plaintiff succumbed to the infection and passed away in January 2016.

The severe infection caused the plaintiff extensive pain and suffering and economic loss before ultimately causing her death. Her surviving family members filed the lawsuit on her behalf.

The lawsuit alleges the Bair Hugger device is defective in both design and manufacture, and that 3M and Arizant are in breach of express warranty and committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Louisiana and/or Minnesota law.

Bair Hugger Lawsuits

There are currently almost 700 Bair Hugger federal lawsuits on file against 3M and Arizant in a multidistrict litigation consolidated in Minnesota. Because a majority of hospitals utilize the Bair Hugger warming blanket during surgeries, thousands of Americans have been exposed to an increased risk of infection. Because of the popularity of the Bair Hugger, it is anticipated the number of lawsuits against the company will continue to rise substantially.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Lawyers

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. The experienced defective medical device attorneys at Rainzer Slania can analyze your case and help you understand your legal options. Our consultations are free and you don’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Lawsuit on Behalf of Texas Woman

Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Texas woman who suffered severe complications due to the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket used during her hip replacement surgery.

In November 2014, the plaintiff underwent a total hip replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger device was used during the scope of her procedure. As a direct result of the device, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound and caused a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The infection was later identified as Methicillin-Susceptible Staphylococcus Aureus (MSSA).

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger device, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multi-staged removal and revisions surgeries, a placement of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridement of the surgical site, and antibiotic therapy. Ultimately, the plaintiff was discharged to a long-term acute care facility to receive IV antibiotics and nutrition support.

The severe infection caused the plaintiff substantial economic loss through both medical bills and lost wages. The plaintiff alleges 3M and Arizant failed to adequately warn her of the increased infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger system. Additionally, she claims the companies breached their implied warranty of merchantability and the companies fraudulently misrepresented the device.

The Hidden Dangers of the Bair Hugger

After a knee and hip replacement surgery, some patients develop serious infections from bacteria entering the body during surgery. Although the body is capable of fighting infections in other regions, joint infections are incredibly difficult for the body’s immune system to combat. Post-surgical deep joint infections often require an increased length of hospitalization, additional surgeries, the prescription of strong medications, and even necessitate the removal of the implanted medical device. In severe cases, the infection can even result in amputation.

Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuit Attorneys

Patients who developed an infection after a total hip or knee implant replacement within the last six years may be entitled to compensation. 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. Time limitations apply to medical device injury claims, so call the experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania today.