Raizner Slania filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Wisconsin couple against 3M Company and Arizant Healthcare after the husband suffered a severe infection caused by the companies’ Bair Hugger warming blanket. The lawsuit alleges 3M and Arizant failed to warn consumers that the device could increase a patient’s infection risk.
In February 2011, the plaintiff underwent a total hip replacement surgery during which the Bair Hugger warming system was used. Contaminants introduced into plaintiff’s open surgical wound as a direct result of the Bair Hugger device resulted in the development of a periprosthetic joint infection (PJI), also known as a deep joint infection (DJI).
The infection was identified as Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). MRSA and MSSA are sometimes referred to as “superbugs,” because they are incredibly difficult to treat. These types of infections are resistant to antibiotics normally used to treat infections.
As a result of the MRSA and MSSA infections caused by the Bair Hugger, the plaintiff underwent multiple removal and revision arthroplasties, including two separate two-stage procedures, placement of antibiotic spacers, irrigation and debridement with head and liner exchange, application of the wound vac, hip aspirations, and antibiotic therapy. He also underwent additional treatments like blood transfusions and developed acute renal failure requiring dialysis.
The plaintiff experienced extreme pain and suffering and huge economic loss from the costly medical expenses required to treat his infections.
The couple alleges 3M and Arizant were grossly negligent in failing to warn patients and that the Bair Hugger is defective in design and manufacture. They believe the device is unreasonably dangerous and claim the companies violated Wisconsin’s Consumer Fraud and/or Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Law.
Raizner Slania: Bair Hugger Infection Law Firm
If you or someone you love developed a deep joint infection after a total hip or knee replacement surgery, call the experienced Bair Hugger infection lawyers at Raizner Slania today. Our lawyers can analyze your situation and help you understand your legal options. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.