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.
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.