Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of an Ohio man against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the man received an infection from the Bair Hugger warming device used during his hip surgery.
In November 2013, the plaintiff underwent a total hip replacement surgery during which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The Bair Hugger caused contaminants to be introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, which caused him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).
Three pathogens were identified as alpha hemolytic streptococcus, streptococcus intermedius, and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Alpha hemolytic streptococcus and streptococcus intermedius, more commonly referred to as “strep,” are bacteria that damage red blood cells. If left untreated, alpha hemolytic streptococcus can cause more serious conditions like pneumonia and meningitis. MRSA is often referred to as a “super bug” because it is resistant to the antibiotics usually used to treat infections. Because of its antibiotic resistance, MRSA can be extremely harmful and even fatal to patients.
As a result of infections caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff had to undergo multi-staged removal and revision arthroplasties, placement of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridements, aspirations, placement of wound vac, and extended antibiotic therapy.
The infections and additional treatments caused the plaintiff to suffer severe physical and emotional pain. Additionally, he suffered substantial economic loss from the extensive medical bills.
The plaintiff claims 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in failing to warn patients of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger. He also alleges the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture and 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law.
3M Bair Hugger Infection Lawyers
Patients who had total hip or knee replacement surgery and developed an infection within the last five years could have a claim against these medical device manufacturers. Call the experienced Bair Hugger infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options.