Raizner Slania filed a Bair Hugger MRSA infection lawsuit on behalf of an Ohio couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the husband sustained severe infections from the device.
In September 2014, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip revision surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of the procedure. The device caused contaminants to be introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, which resulted in him developing a deep joint infection (DJI).
The pathogens were identified as pseudomonas aeruginosa and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, more commonly known as P. aeruginosa, is a bacterium best known for its advanced antibiotic resistance. Like P. aeruginosa, MRSA is also resistant to many antibiotics used to treat infections and is sometimes referred to as a “super bug” because of its resistance. Because P. aeruginosa and MRSA are difficult to treat, they can cause serious and life-threatening side effects.
As a result of plaintiff’s Bair Hugger infections, he was forced to undergo antibiotic therapy, hip aspirations, irrigation and debridements, and additional treatments for the spreading of the infections.
The infections and additional treatments caused the plaintiff to suffer severe physical and emotional pain. Additionally, the plaintiff also suffered substantial economic loss from the extensive medical bills. The plaintiff’s wife suffered from a loss of services and a loss of consortium as a result of her husbands Bair Hugger infections.
The plaintiff believes 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Ohio law by selling defective devices and failing to warn consumers about the devices’ dangers. Additionally, the plaintiff asserts the Bair Hugger is defective in both design and manufacture, and that the companies were grossly negligent in failing to warn consumers of the device’s risks.
Patients deserve to understand all risks they face from medical devices. If you underwent a hip or knee replacement surgery and developed an infection, contact the experienced defective medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania today. We can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation on your behalf. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.