Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits Accuse 3M Of Failing To Warn Of Risk For Infection When Warming Blanket Is Used During Joint Replacement Surgeries.
An additional 72 Bair Hugger Warming Blanket lawsuits have been filed over the past month into the Bair Hugger litigation pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. The Bair Hugger claims against 3M and its Arizant Healthcare Inc., unit allege the companies’ forced-air warming blanket used in knee and hip replacement surgeries can lift bacteria into the sterile surgical site and place patients at risk for drug-resistant infections, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can turn deadly. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
The number of Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits rose from 269 complaints, as of May 16, to 341 complaints, as of June 15, a 26 percent increase, according to statistics from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML). Judge Joan Ericksen recently allowed plaintiffs to file their Bair Hugger lawsuits directly into the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) to make it more convenient and cost-effective for all the parties involved. In December, the JPML consolidated all Bair Hugger lawsuits filed in federal courts nationwide for pretrial purposes and appointed Judge Ericksen to manage the MDL. Judge Ericksen has already scheduled the first Bair Hugger Lawsuit trial for November 6, 2017. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Devices Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
“We expect the growth of the Bair Hugger litigation to continue even more now that plaintiffs can file their complaints directly into the MDL,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, co-founder of Southern Med Law.
Southern Med Law is currently offering legal evaluations of Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket lawsuits and continues to speak with individuals from around the country 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 Hugger forced- air warming blanket, please contact one of the firm’s attorneys for a free legal consultation by calling 205-547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com and fill out the online contact form.
According to 3M’s promotional material, more than 80 percent of hospitals in the United States use Bair Hugger warming blankets to maintain the normal body temperatures of patients during surgery. 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 a hose attached to the blanket, and is then gently dispersed across the surface of the skin. 3M says its forced-air warming system does not cause infection and does not disrupt the air flow in an operating room.
Court documents show that a Bair Hugger complaint added to the MDL involved an Illinois woman who had a knee replacement surgery in February 2013. The complaint accuses the Bair Hugger warming blanket used during surgery of causing contaminants to enter her open surgical wound and cause the MSRA infection. According to the lawsuit, the woman had to undergo a two-stage revision surgery for her knee over a seven-month period. The complication caused more hospitalizations for her, as well as skin grafts, blood transfusions, and extended home health care, the complaint said. (Case 3:16-cv-00462, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota)
About Southern Med Law And Filing A Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit
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.