Bair Hugger Lawsuits Claiming The Forced-Air Warming Blank Used Prior To Surgery Causes Serious Deep-joint Infections After It Circulates Contaminants Investigated By Southern Med Law
Bair Hugger lawsuits that have been awaiting litigation in federal courts nationwide have been centralized in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. The Bair Hugger complaints allege that 3M and its Arizant Healthcare subsidiary misrepresented their forced-air warming blanket as safe and failed to warn that the blanket has the potential to increase the risk of prosthetic joint infections such as sepsis, and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, in patients undergoing hip and knee replacement surgery.
Southern Med Law notes, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) issued an order on December 11 to transfer 14 Bair Hugger lawsuits to the Minnesota district court. Judge Joan N. Ericksen was assigned to manage the litigation. The judicial panel stated in its order that the lawsuits share factual issues arising from plaintiffs allegations that the Bair Hugger system is defective because it lifts bacteria from the operating room floor and into the sterile surgical site, and the internal airflow paths of the device’s blower can become contaminated with pathogens that can then be expelled into the operating room. The JPML further stated that the Bair Hugger complaints were transferred to Minnesota because 3M and Arizant have headquarters in that state and “many witnesses and relevant documents are likely to be found there.” (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
Bair Hugger forced-air warming blankets help to maintain normal body temperatures of patients while undergoing surgery. According to 3M, the Bair Hugger system consists of a warming unit through which filtered air flows. The unit gently and evenly disperses the air throughout the attached blanket, which is placed over the patient. The blanket is isolated from the surgical site by an adhesive strip on the blanket and surgical barrier drapes.[fawfacts.com/_asset/bhbscr/FAW-Facts]
Court documents indicate that the first federally filed Bair Hugger lawsuit claim was among the 14 cases transferred into the newly established MDL. The complaint was filed in 2013 on behalf of a 70-year-old Texas man who underwent a total hip replacement surgery in March 2011. According to the complaint, the man developed a deep-joint infection allegedly due to the Bair Hugger warming blanket used during surgery. The infection caused him to undergo 15 additional surgeries, including a revision surgery for his artificial hip, the complaint said. (Case No. 4:13-cv-01164, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
“We have spoken to many men and women who have suffered joint infections after the warming blanket was used and are glad to see that litigation is moving forward” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law. The Firm is currently evaluating potential Bair Hugger lawsuits on behalf of patients who suffered an infection after undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery.
If you or a loved one developed a prosthetic joint infection after undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery or after receiving an artificial heart valve, please contact the Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys at Southern Med Law for a free legal consultation and get the help you deserve. To speak with one of the firm’s attorneys, please call 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out the form on our website.
About Southern Med Law And Filing A Bair Hugger Lawsuit: Southern Med Law Is a Full Service Law Firm Providing Legal Representation To Men and Women across the country in areas of 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.
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