Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit Claims Contend 3M Failed To Warn That Its Forced-Air Warming Blanket Causes Drug-Resistant Infections In Patients Who Have Joint Replacement Surgeries.
The first bellwether trial for a federal Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit claims has been scheduled for November 6, 2017. Bair Hugger lawsuits allege patients undergoing knee and hip replacement surgery are at risk of drug-resistant infections, such as sepsis, and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, due to the warming blankets lifting bacteria from the operating floor and into the sterile surgical site. The Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit complaints name as defendants, 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare unit, the makers of the forced-air warming blankets.
Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit litigation in the Minnesota District Court
U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen, who is managing the federal Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit litigation in the Minnesota District Court, issued a pretrial order in March that outlines the schedule for the Bair Hugger lawsuit litigation. According to the pretrial order, attorneys for plaintiffs and defendants will propose a plan for selecting bellwether cases by October 17. The pool of bellwether cases will consist of Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit claims pending in the Minnesota district court before December 19. Bellwether cases will be selected by March 1, 2017. Case-specific discovery for the Bair Hugger lawsuit claims will start no earlier than March 2, 2017, and should be completed no later than July 1, 2017. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit Investigation By Southern Med Law
Southern Med Law attorneys have a unique understanding of the medical and legal issues involved in Bair Hugger lawsuit claims. The attorneys are currently investigating Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits and continues to speak with individuals who believe they have developed a prosthetic joint infection when a Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket was used during their hip or knee replacement surgery or artificial heart valve surgical procedure. If you believe you have experienced an infection from a Bair Huggar forced air warming blanket, please contact one of the firm’s attorneys for a free Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit legal consultation by calling 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out the online contact form.
Bair Hugger forced-air warming blankets are used to maintain normal body temperatures of patients during surgery. According to 3M, the Bair Hugger warming blankets can be found in more than 80 percent of U.S. hospitals. In its promotional material for the warming blanket, 3M explains that the Bair Hugger warming system draws in the filtered air of the operating room, passes it through an internal filter and warms that air to the selected temperature. The warmed air flows to a single-use Bair Hugger warming blanket through an enclosed hose, and is then gently dispersed across the surface of the skin. 3M contends that the Bair Hugger system does not disrupt the air flow in the operating room, and denies that its forced-air warming blanket causes infection.
Court documents indicate that plaintiffs counter in their Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit complaints that the warming blanket increases the risk of infection when used during surgery. Plaintiffs cite a study published in The Bone & Joint Journal in November 2013 to support their claims. Researchers found that waste heat from forced-air warming devices significantly disrupts the airflow in operating rooms, and draws contaminated particles from below the operating table and the operating room floor into the sterile surgical site.
(In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
About Southern Med Law And Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit Legal Representation
Southern Med Law is an experienced law firm providing legal representation to the men and women across the country who have been victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.
If you believe you have experienced an infection from a Bair Huggar forced air warming blanket, please contact one of the firm’s attorneys for a free Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit legal consultation by calling 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out the online contact form.
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