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3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit

Texas Couple Files 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit After Infection

Raizner Slania LLP has filed a 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit on behalf of a Texas couple after the wife suffered a severe infection from the device. The couple alleges manufacturers 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn them of the infection risks associated with the device.

In July 2017, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout course and scope of her left total knee replacement. The Bair Hugger warming blanket is designed to help regulate body temperature during surgical procedures. The Bair Hugger works by sucking in air from the operating room, heating it, and dispersing it through a blanket with holes draped over the patient. While regulating body temperature can help reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays, the Bair Hugger introduces contaminants from the operating room air into the open surgical wounds of patients.

As a direct result of using the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound during surgery, causing her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), more commonly referred to as a deep joint infection. The pathogens identified were acinetobacter baumannii, Staphylococcus haemolyticus, and mixed skin flora.

Acinetobacter baumannii (or A. baumannii) is a short, nearly round, rod-shaped gram negative bacteria. This type of bacteria is considered opportunistic in humans, as it often affects people with compromised immune systems. A. baumannii is often associated with hospital acquired infections (HACs) and has been identified as a pathogen with a high rate of antibiotic resistance, making it a very difficult infection to treat. Staphylococcus haemolyticus (or S. haemolyticus), is a type of the common staph infection. However, S. haemolyticus has proven resistant to many antibiotics normally used to treat infections.

As a result of plaintiff’s Bair Hugger infection, she has undergone extensive additional medical treatments, including irrigation and debridement, multi-staged removal surgeries including placement of an antibiotic spacer, removal of the antibiotic spacer with extensive capsular and bony debridement, knee fusion with fusion nail and placement of a new spacer, and PICC line and oral antibiotics. In addition to these treatments, she will require additional future surgeries to replace the knee hardware once the infection is cleared.

Not only did the plaintiff suffer physically from the Bair Hugger infection, but she and her husband also suffered economically, with the cost of additional medical treatment. The couple believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in both its design and manufacture. The couple alleges 3M and Arizant committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under Texas law.

Get Help With Your 3M Bair Hugger Lawsuit

If you or someone you care about underwent a joint surgery within the last five years and suffered an infection, you may be able to file a claim. The experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania LLP can analyze the facts of your situation and help you understand your legal options. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

3M Bair Hugger Claim

Raizner Slania Files 3M Bair Hugger Claim On Behalf Of New York Couple

Raizner Slania LLP has filed a 3M Bair Hugger claim on behalf of a New York couple after the husband obtained a severe infection from the device. The couple alleges that manufacturers 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to adequately warn them of the infection risk associated with the device.

In December 2015, the plaintiff underwent surgery in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of his procedure. The Bair Hugger was used to help regulate the patient’s body temperature during surgery, which can help reduce bleeding risks and shorten hospital stays. However, the design of the Bair Hugger allows for contaminants in the operating room air to be introduced into open surgical wounds.

As a result of the Bair Hugger being used during his surgery, contaminants were introduced into the plaintiff’s open surgical wounds causing him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). Plaintiff’s gram stain showed elevated white blood cells, indicating infection, along with elevated sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. The plaintiff required additional surgeries to treat the infection, and according to the operative report from one of his subsequent procedures, he had pus buildup from his infection.

As a result of the plaintiff’s infection caused by the Bair Hugger, he has undergone extensive medical treatment, including an irrigation and debridement with near complete synovectomy, femoral head and acetabular polyethylene exchange, and PICC line antibiotics, among other treatments.

Not only did the plaintiff suffer physically from the infection caused by the Bair Hugger, but he and his wife also suffered economically, with the cost of additional medical treatment. The couple believes the Bair Hugger device is defective in both its design and manufacture. The couple alleges 3M and Arizant have committed consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices under New York state law.

Get Help With Your 3M Bair Hugger Claim

If you underwent a joint surgery within the last five years and suffered an infection, you may be able to file a claim. The experienced trial attorneys at Raizner Slania LLP can analyze the facts of your situation and help you understand your legal options. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you recover compensation. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection

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.

Bair Hugger Strep Infection Attorneys

Alaska Woman Files Bair Hugger Strep Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania LLP has filed a Bair Hugger Strep infection lawsuit against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare on behalf of an Alaska woman. The woman believes the companies failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the Bair Hugger warming blanket.

In January 2016, the woman received a right total knee arthroplasty in which the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used throughout the scope of her surgery. The Bair Hugger introduced contaminants into the plaintiff’s open surgical wound, causing her to develop a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogen was identified as Group B streptococcus.

Group B streptococcus, often referred to as Strep, is a common infection experienced by children and adults. However, when Strep bacteria attack parts of the body not normally exposed to bacteria (like joints), they can cause severe infections. While Strep is traditionally treated with a course of antibiotics, Strep that is present in an artificial joint is much more difficult to treat. Strep can also cause additional life-threatening complications including sepsis (infection of the blood) and pneumonia.

As a result of the Strep infection caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff was forced to undergo extensive medical treatment. The plaintiff underwent aspirations, emergency room visits, and surgical intervention including arthrotomy with washout and exchange of polyethylene liner followed by PICC line antibiotics. The plaintiff also suffered additional complications from the infection treatment surgery, including a hematoma (a swelling of clotted blood within tissue) and an inflammatory reaction requiring an additional washout procedure.

The plaintiff suffered greatly as a result of the infection caused by the Bair Hugger. In addition to physical pain, the plaintiff also suffered economically due to the costs associated with the extensive medical treatments to fight the infection. The plaintiff believes the Bair Hugger is defective in both its design and manufacture, and that 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in the representation and marketing of the device.

Bair Hugger Strep Infection Attorneys

If you underwent a hip or knee surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used and suffered a post-operative infection, you may be able to file a legal claim against the manufacturers. The experienced Bair Hugger strep infection attorneys at Raizner Slania LLP can analyze your case and help you understand your legal options. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuits

Illinois Woman Files Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a Bair Hugger staph infection lawsuit on behalf of an Illinois woman against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the woman sustained a severe infection from the device. The woman alleges 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare failed to warn her of the infection risk associated with the device.

In April 2013, the plaintiff underwent a right total hip replacement surgery in which the Bair Hugger was used throughout the scope of the procedure. As a direct result of the Bair Hugger, contaminants were introduced into her open surgical wound that caused her to develop a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also referred to as a deep joint infection (DJI). The pathogen identified was Staphylococcus.

Staphylococcus, or Staph, is gram-positive bacteria commonly be found on the human skin or in the nasal cavities. While Staph is normally found on the human body, it can cause severe infections when it is inside the body. When bacteria are present inside the body, the immune system detects its presence and responds. However, if bacteria are present on an artificial joint, the immune system cannot detect its presence and therefore doesn’t respond.

Deep joint infections are incredibly difficult to treat without the body’s natural immune response helping fight the infection. Patients often have to undergo extensive treatment and additional surgeries to treat the infection.

This was the case for the plaintiff, who had to undergo long-term antibiotic therapy, irrigation and debridement with a single staged removal, and replacement surgery to treat the Staph infection from the Bair Hugger.

The plaintiff alleges the Bair Hugger device is defective in both its design and its manufacturing. She also believes 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare engaged in consumer fraud and/or unfair and deceptive trade practices.

Bair Hugger Staph Infection Lawsuits

Patients who suffer deep joint infections from the Bair Hugger device not only suffer physically, but also economically. The Bair Hugger attorneys at Raizner Slania can pursue every avenue of compensation on your behalf. There is no upfront cost for working with us. All of our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation. If you suffered an infection after a hip or knee joint surgery within the last five years, call us today to schedule a consultation.

MRSA Infection Lawsuits

Florida Couple Files MRSA Infection Lawsuit

Raizner Slania has filed a MRSA infection lawsuit on behalf of a Florida couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the husband suffered a severe infection from the company’s Bair Hugger warming blanket.

In January 2014, the husband underwent a bipolar left hemiarthroplasty in which the head of the femur is replaced with an artificial implant. During the scope of the procedure, the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used to regulate his body temperature. However, the Bair Hugger also introduced contaminants from the operating room air into his open surgical wound, causing him to develop a periprosthetic joint infection. The pathogen identified was MRSA.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA as it is commonly referred to, is a strain of the common Staph infection that has grown resistant to antibiotics. Because of its resistance to the antibiotics normally used to treat infections, MRSA is often called a “super bug.” MRSA infections in joint replacement patients are particularly dangerous. Ordinarily, the presence of bacteria triggers the body’s immune system response, but bacteria present on artificial joints does not. This means the infection can go unchecked by the body.

Although MRSA is incredibly rare in nature, it can often be found in hospitals. MRSA can cause severe complications and even death. For patients who have contracted MRSA, extensive medical treatments must be undertaken to treat the infection.

As a result of the plaintiff’s own MRSA infection caused by the Bair Hugger, he underwent multi-staged removal and replacement surgeries, placement and removal of antibiotic spacer, irrigation and debridements, and long-term PICC line antibiotics. Additionally, he had to undergo a trochanteric osteotomy (an additional hip replacement surgery), open reduction and internal fixation of trochanter, excision of sinus tract, and sciatic nerve release/neurolysis.

The Florida couple believes 3M and Arizant were blatantly negligent in their failure to warn doctors and patients of the infection risk associated with the device. They also allege the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture.

MRSA Infection Lawsuits

If you suffered a MRSA infection after a hip or knee joint surgery, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturers of a warming blanket used during your hospital stay. The experienced medical device attorneys at Raizner Slania can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Contact us today for a free consultation.