Have There Been Any Cases Involving Bair Hugger Blankets?
There have been numerous lawsuits filed related to the use of Bair Hugger blankets. As noted above, many of them have been consolidated into an MDL proceeding. However, that does not mean that they lose their individual identities. Therefore, here is an outline of some of them:
Case Name: JAMES RHOTON, et al, Plaintiffs, v. 3M Company, et al., Defendants.
Injury Type: MRSA INFECTION
The plaintiff in this Alabama case had implant surgery where the doctors used a Bair Hugger blanket. Approximately six months later, she developed a MRSA infection. She sued the makers of the blanket, Arizant, and claimed that the device sucked germs from the floor into the site wound. She claimed various damages under multiple theories.
Case Name: ROME V. 3M COMPANY AND ARIZANT HEALTHCARE INC.
Injury Type: LEG INJURY
Patricia Rome underwent total knee arthroplasty surgery but suffered an extraordinary infection in the course of it. She attributed it to the physicians’ use of a Bair Hugger blanket. According to her complaint, the damage was great. She needed successive surgeries to take out the original knee implant, sanitize the area in focus, and remove dead tissue. She still experiences significant pain and difficulty walking. She sued the Bair Hugger’s makers for compensation for these injuries as well as for the related medical bills and lost wages.
Case Name: JOHNSON v. 3M COMPANY
Injury Type: KNEE INJURY
The patient in this case underwent knee surgery and in the course of the procedure his doctors utilized a Bair Hugger blanket to keep his body warm. Unfortunately, according to the plaintiff, he also received a periprosthetic infection as well as the intended warmth due to the use of the medical device. He sued its makers, 3M/Arizant, for various damages related to medical bills, pain and suffering, and other non-economic harms.
Case Name: Walton v. 3M Co.
Injury Type: GENERAL INFECTION
The victim in this case filed a products liability case in a Texas court. The man contended that the anesthesiologist involved in his operation allowed germs and other contaminants to enter his wound site and injure him. From this injury, he claimed subsequent damages and thought it was the responsibility of the blanket’s manufacturer to pay for them.
Case Name: James JINDRICH v. 3M COMPANY AND ARIZANT HEALTHCARE, INC.
Injury Type: AMPUTATION
The patient in this dispute claimed that the medical professionals treating him during a knee replacement surgery allowed bacteria to infect his would through the use of a Bair Hugger blanket. Due to this complication, he had to have his leg amputated, incur extraordinary medical bills, and live with constant and significant pain and suffering. He filed a lawsuit and identified the makers of the blanket as culpable under a theory of products liability.
Case Name: MELVIN PETERSON v. 3M COMPANY
Injury Type: MRSA INFECTION
This controversy began when Melvin Peterson underwent hip surgery. The doctors supposedly followed all relevant rules and procedures, which called for the use of a Bair Hugger. Apparently, they did not do everything right though because a few months later he developed a MRSA infection and need two more surgeries to fix the issue. Even today, the complication left him in a wheelchair as well as with steep medical bills. He sued the manufacturers to recover for these losses.
These are just a select group of cases. There are many more Bair Hugger lawsuits being filed all over the country and there will be more to come in the future. Here is a list of some others that you can read about:
ARKANSAS – EDWARDS v. 3M COMPANY
MINNESOTA - LICHLYTER v. 3M COMPANY
MINNESOTA - NAYLOR v. 3M COMPANY
MINNESOTA - NOTTINGHAM v. 3M COMPANY
MINNESOTA - SCHACKMANN v. 3M COMPANY
MINNESOTA - REED v. 3M COMPANY
OHIO – KENT v. 3M COMPANY
For additional information, see the following pages:
- What is a Bair Hugger blanket?
- What are the risks of using a Bair Hugger?
- Has the FDA taken any action against the makers of the Bair Hugger?