Attorney for Infections from Bair Hugger Warming Blankets

If you developed a post-operative joint infection following hip or knee replacement surgery that used a forced air warming blanket such as the 3M Bair Hugger, you may be entitled to compensation as a result of your injury. Fill out the contact form on the right for a free, no-obligation review of your medical file by a McEldrew Young attorney to determine whether you may have been harmed by this device.


Our trial attorneys have recovered more than $100 million on behalf of personal injury clients and are currently representing clients in other healthcare-acquired infection litigation. We are one of the law firms representing clients against Olympus for the spread of superbug infections in patients as a result of ERCP procedures using a duodenoscope manufactured with a suspected design defect. We have both the medical knowledge and expert contacts involving infections to assist clients injured by Bair Hugger blankets.

WERE YOU SERIOUSLY INJURED AS A RESULT OF A HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED INFECTION FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY?

Healthcare-associated infections are far too common in the United States. Approximately five to ten percent of hospital patients contract a preventable infection and approximately 100,000 die each year as a result, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  If you developed a serious infection such as MRSA, sepsis or a deep joint infection following a surgery where a surgical warming blanket was used, please call for your free, no-obligation initial legal consultation.

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ABOUT THE BAIR HUGGER

The 3M Bair Hugger therapy was introduced in 1987 by Arizant, Inc. which was acquired by 3M in 2010 and renamed Arizant Healthcare Inc. The Bair Hugger was designed to help maintain normal body temperature during surgery. In theory, the medical device would decrease complications from surgical hypothermia, including surgical site infections. Under the Bair Hugger line of products, a variety of underbody and surgical blankets are sold. Of the
These forced air warming blankets have been used on millions of surgical patients as more than 50,000 warming systems are in operation in hospitals in the United States.

THE BAIR HUGGER LAWSUITS

There are more than a dozen lawsuits already filed across the United States by patients seeking compensation for their injuries alleging the surgical blanket was at fault. As a result of the lawsuits filed in at least five different federal courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota is considering, as of November 2015, consolidating the cases for the purpose of discovery and other legal issues.

The lawsuits claim that Arizant and/or 3M failed to issue adequate warnings concerning the devices or proceeded to sell their products in spite of the design defect of which they were well aware. The lawsuits allege that the product can result in additional pain and suffering for the infected patients, including longer hospital stays, amputation of limbs, more physical therapy, removal of the hip or knee implant, or treatment with antibiotics. If a patient were to catch a drug resistant bacteria as a result of the blankets, it could even lead to their death.

EVEN THE INVENTOR OF THE PRODUCT, DR. SCOTT D. AUGUSTINE, CLAIMS THAT IT IS MORE RISKY THAN ONCE THOUGHT.

In an interview with the New York Times, Dr. Augustine called the product “old technology”. Later, his safety analysis of the product pointed to multiple studies believed to demonstrate that forced air warming blankets increased airborne contamination of the surgical field.

ATTORNEY REFERRALS

We welcome referrals of clients who were injured in a surgery involving the 3M device. We are open to joint representation or we can handle the case ourselves from start to finish. Our firm pays referral fees pursuant to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys. Please call 1-800-590-4116 to speak to Jim McEldrew about your client referral.

FREE CASE EVALUATION

If you or a family member may have been injured as a result of the use of a surgical warming blanket during your knee or hip implant, please call 1-800-590-4116 or fill out our contact form for a free, no obligation legal consultation about your rights.

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