Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare, Inc. on behalf of an Ohio couple, after the wife suffered severe complications from the Bair Hugger Warming System used during surgery.
In November 2013, the plaintiff underwent surgery during which the Bair Hugger was used during the course of the procedure. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s surgical wound that resulted in the her developing a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).
As a result of the joint infection, the plaintiff had to undergo extensive additional medical treatment, including multiple stages of removal, revision arthroplasties, placement of spacers, multiple aspirations, and antibiotic therapy.
The additional treatment required as a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger caused the patient to suffer from painful injuries and substantial economic loss. The plaintiff’s spouse also suffered from a loss of consortium and loss of services as a result of the infection.
The plaintiffs allege 3M and Arizant failed to warn them of risks associated with the Bair Hugger and that the device is defective in design and manufacture. Additionally, the plaintiffs believe the companies are in breach of the implied warranty of the Merchantability Law of the State of Ohio and committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law.
Bair Hugger Lawsuits
The Ohio couple joins a growing number of other plaintiffs trying to hold the defective medical device manufacturers responsible for injuries caused. Cases have been filed in state courts across the country, and the federal court claims have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in Minnesota.
Because 80% of hospitals utilize the Bair Hugger during surgeries, thousands of Americans have been exposed to an increased risk of infection. 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 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. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.