Category: Defective Medical Device Lawsuits

When ill or injured patients seek medical treatment, they’re putting their trust in the medical professionals they believe know best. Sometimes that trust can be broken, and the patient develops further injuries and/or severe health conditions as a result of medical devices that don’t perform the way the manufacturers intended for them to. The attorneys at Raizner Slania believe these manufacturers should be held liable for providing a defective product that resulted in life-changing and sometimes lethal consequences.


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Virginia Couple File Deep Joint Infection Lawsuit Against Bair Hugger Manufacturers

Raizner Slania has filed a deep joint infection lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of a Virginia couple after the husband sustained an infection caused by the Bair Hugger warming blanket. The couple alleges 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of the infection risks associated with the medical device.

In April 2015, the plaintiff underwent artificial joint surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of his procedure. The Bair Hugger system is used to help regulate body temperature during operations. By regulating body temperature, doctors can reduce a patient’s bleeding risk and shorten hospital stays. However, the design of the Bair Hugger takes contaminants from the operating room air and forces them into open surgical wounds.

Contaminants introduced by the Bair Hugger during the plaintiff’s surgery caused him to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The plaintiff had to undergo extensive treatment to fight the infection including irrigation and debridement with poly exchange, PICC line, and oral antibiotics. Additionally, the plaintiff required physical therapy and the use of a walker.

DJIs are more difficult to treat than other types of infections. Under normal circumstances, the presence of infection-causing bacteria in the body triggers the immune system. The immune system then releases antibodies to fight the infection. However, bacteria present on artificial joints don’t trigger an immune system response; therefore, the body doesn’t release any antibodies. This means the infection can grow unchecked by the immune system.

The Virginia couple believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in both its design and manufacture. The couple also alleges 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Virginia state law.

Deep Joint Infection Lawyers

Patients have a right to know all of the risks associated with procedures before deciding on treatment. 3M and Arizant failed to warn patients of the infection risks associated with using its Bair Hugger system and now thousands of patients are suffering from life-threatening infections. If you or someone you love has a deep joint infection from a hip or knee surgery performed within the last five years, Raizner Slania LLP can help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit on Behalf of Washington Woman

Raizner Slania LLP has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Washington woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The woman believes the Bair Hugger is defective in its design and manufacture.

In April 2012, the plaintiff underwent an artificial joint surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the procedure to regulate body temperature. The Bair Hugger is composed of two parts – the first is a machine that sucks in air and heats it and the second is a blanket with holes that is draped over the blanket. The heated air gets pushed into the blanket and out of the holes, delivering warm air to the patient’s body.

However, this also allows contaminants in the operating room air to be introduced into a patient’s open surgical wound. As a result of the Bair Hugger system being used throughout the scope of her procedure, the patient developed a periprosthetic joint infection, also known as a deep joint infection. The pathogens identified were staphylococcus aureus and gram-positive cocci.

Most people know staphylococcus aureus as the common Staph infection. However, while most know about Staph infections that occur on the skin, Staph infections in artificial joints are incredibly difficult to treat. A Staph infection can cause a number of serious conditions, including sepsis and pneumonia.

In order to treat the infection caused by the Bair Hugger device, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment, including multiple multi-staged revision arthroplasties, placement and removal of multiple antibiotic spacers, multiple irrigation and debridements with extensive synovectomies and polyethylene liner exchanges, and PICC line antibiotics. Additionally, the plaintiff required skilled nursing care and suffered additional complications from undergoing multiple major surgeries and using long-term antibiotics.

Not only has our client suffered physically, but also economically with cost of the additional medical treatments. Our client believes neither 3M nor Arizant ever warned her about the infection risks of the device and the companies are in breach of express warranty.

Don’t Wait To Get Help With Your Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

If you have suffered a deep joint infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, the experienced Bair Hugger lawyers at Raizner Slania LLP can help. There are time limitations on these types of claims, so don’t wait to call us and schedule a free consultation.

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Raizner Slania Files Bair Hugger Deep Joint Infection Lawsuit On Behalf of California Woman

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

In June 2017, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of her procedure. The Bair Hugger regulates body temperature by sucking in air from the operating room, heating it, and dispersing the air over the patient via a blanket with holes. Most patients experience hypothermia during surgery, which can increase bleeding risks and lengthen hospital stays. Regulating body temperature helps improve patient outcomes, however, the design of the Bair Hugger exposes patients to dangerous bacteria.

Contaminants in the operating room air are sucked in by the Bair Hugger and forced into a patient’s open surgical wound. Contaminants introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection, also known as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus and rare Gram positive cocci.

Most people refer to methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus as “Staph.” While staph infections are common on the skin, they are incredibly difficult to treat when contracted internally as joint infections. The presence of bacteria in the body triggers an immune system response; however, bacteria present on an artificial joint doesn’t trigger a response. This allows infections to develop unchecked, causing severe complications.

Because of the difficulty treating deep joint infections, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment, including irrigation and debridement with exchange of the polyethylene component, extensive debridement lavage, placement of bio-absorbable antibiotic beads, and PICC line antibiotics. Unfortunately, the plaintiff also suffered further complications from her additional treatment, including acute diverticulitis, anemia of acute infection, and gastrointestinal bleeding resulting in additional hospital stays.

The plaintiff suffered greatly from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger. Not only did she suffer physically, but also financially via the cost of the extensive medical treatment. The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger warming blanket is defective in both design and manufacture and that 3M and Arizant are in breach of express warranty.

Bair Hugger Deep Joint Infection Lawyers

If you suffered a deep joint infection after a hip or knee surgery within the last five years, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturers. The experienced defective device attorneys at Raizner Slania LLP can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

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California Man Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a California man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The plaintiff suffered from a serious infection as a result of using the device.

In April 2015, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger device was used throughout the procedure. Most patients experience hypothermia during operations, which can increase bleeding risks and lengthen hospital stays. The Bair Hugger is composed of a heating device and a blanket with holes. The heating device sucks in air from the operating room, heats it, and pushes the air through the holes in the blanket to regulate the patient’s body temperature.

Because of the Bair Hugger’s design, it not only introduces warm air but also delivers contaminants straight into a patient’s open surgical wound. The contaminants introduced into the plaintiff’s wound during surgery caused him to develop a deep joint infection. The pathogens identified were staphylococcus aureus and rare gram positive cocci.

Staphylococcus aureus, commonly called staph, is bacteria present in the nose, respiratory tract, and on the skin. However, when staph bacteria presents on an artificial joint, the resulting infection is very difficult to treat. Ordinarily, when the body detects bacteria, it triggers a response from the immune system to fight the bacteria. However, the body can’t detect bacteria present on an artificial joint, so the immune system isn’t triggered and an infection quickly develops.

As a result of the staph infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment, including aspirations, incision and drainage, irrigation and debridement, PICC line antibiotics, and multi-staged revision and replacement surgeries, including insertion and removal of an antibiotic spacer.

Not only has the plaintiff suffered physically and emotionally from the infection, but he has also suffered economic damages due to the cost of the extensive medical treatment required to fight his infection. The plaintiff believes 3M and Arizant are in breach of express warranty and that the Bair Hugger device is defective in its design and manufacture.

Get Help With Your Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Patients who underwent hip and knee joint surgeries that utilized the Bair Hugger warming blanket had a right to know of the infection risks associated with the device. If you suffered a deep joint infection after hip or knee surgery within the last five years, the experienced Bair Hugger lawyers at Raizner Slania LLP can investigate your claim and pursue compensation on your behalf. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Utah Couple Files Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit

Raizner Slania LLP has filed a Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit on behalf of a Utah couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The wife suffered numerous infections from the Bair Hugger warming blanket and the couple alleges the companies failed to warn them of the infection risk associated with the device.

In April 2012, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of her procedure. The Bair Hugger regulates body temperature during surgery. The device works by sucking in air from the operating room, heating it, and dispersing over the patient via a blanket with holes for the air to exit. Because of the Bair Hugger’s design, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds that caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogens identified were pseudomonas aeruginosa, staphylococcus aureus, and gram-positive cocci.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a rod shaped bacterium that can cause infections in plants, animals, and humans. In humans, pseudomonas aeruginosa is associated with serious and life-threatening infections because it is resistant to multiple types of antibiotics usually prescribed to treat infections. Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly referred to as a Staph infection, is a bacteria normally present on the human skin and inside the nose. However, when staphylococcus aureus is introduced into an open surgical wound, it can cause a serious infection that is difficult to treat.

In order to treat the infections, the plaintiff had to undergo extensive medical treatment, including multi-staged revision arthroplasties, placement and removal of antibiotic spacer, wound vac debridement, multiple irrigation and debridements, and PICC line antibiotics.

Not only has the patient suffered physically from the Bair Hugger device, the couple has also suffered economically because of the cost of medical treatment. The Utah couple believes 3M and Arizant were negligent in manufacturing and selling the Bair Hugger device. The couple further alleges the companies engaged in consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Get Help With Your Bair Hugger Lawsuit

Patients deserve to understand all of the risks associated with their treatment in order to make informed healthcare decisions. Patients across the country weren’t warned about the infections associated with the Bair Hugger, and now many of them are suffering the consequences. If you or someone you loved suffered an infection after a hip or knee surgery within the past five years, you may be eligible to file a claim for financial compensation. Contact a Bair Hugger infection lawyer at Raizner Slania LLP today for a free consultation to review your case.

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

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of a Kentucky man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare. The Kentucky man claims 3M and Arizant did not warn him of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger device.

In April 2017, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of his procedure. The Bair Hugger is used to regulate a patient’s body temperature during operations. Without regulating body temperature, most patients would experience hypothermia during surgery. However, the design of the Bair Hugger device causes contaminants from the operating room air to be dispersed over the patient and directly into their surgical wounds. Contaminants introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection or PJI. The pathogen identified was Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly referred to as MRSA, is a type of the common Staph infection resistant to antibiotics. MRSA is often called a superbug because of the difficulty in treating the infection. Oftentimes, patients who suffer a MRSA joint infection have to undergo additional surgeries to replace infected joints. MRSA is life-threatening and can cause very severe complications including pneumonia, sepsis, and bloodstream infections.

As a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger device, the plaintiff was forced to undergo multiple irrigation and debridement surgeries, multi-staged revision surgeries including insertion and removal of an antibiotic spacer, and PICC line antibiotics, among other treatments.

The plaintiff has suffered greatly from the MRSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger. Not only has he suffered physically, but he has also suffered economically with the extensive medical bills. The plaintiff believes 3M and Arizant breached express warranties and that the companies committed consumer fraud and/or engaged in deceptive or unfair trade practices.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuits

Hip or knee joint infections can cause life-threatening complications. Patients who underwent surgery with the Bair Hugger had a right to know all of the risks associated with the device. If you or someone you love suffered a hip or knee joint infection after surgery, the experienced medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania LLP can help. Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.