Many patients have developed serious life-threatening infections after hip and knee replacement surgeries from using temperature management systems developed and sold by 3M Bair Hugger. Many of these individuals have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of the device claiming negligence of its potential risks and safety hazards.
These warming devices are used during surgical procedures as a way to regulate body temperature. Currently, more than 50,000 warming systems sold by the device manufacturer are used in nationwide hospitals and have warmed millions of patients since the products were first brought to the medical marketplace.
Many personal injury attorneys, including Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, have claimed that the forced air warming blankets have design defects that cause a disruption of laminar flow during surgeries in operating rooms nationwide. The defects allow bacteria and other dangerous contaminants to transfer from the floor and enter the patient’s surgical site. The defect increases the potential risks of knee and hip implant patients to develop a life-threatening joint infection after surgery.
Consolidation through Multidistrict Litigation (MDL)
Currently, there are at least 14 knee and hip replacement lawsuits filed by victims in U.S. courts. These lawsuits allege that the victims have developed life-threatening joint infections caused by the forced air warming blankets that are designed, manufactured and sold by Bair Hugger. In August 2015, a plaintiff in one case filed a motion with the Judicial Panel of Multi-District Litigation (JPML) to consolidate all Bair Hugger infection-associated federal claims filed in the United States District Court (Minnesota) to create a class action suit against all parties considered at fault. Multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidation of the cases through JPML provides plaintiffs and defendants an opportunity to:
- Reduce the amount of duplicate discovery in every case,
- Avoid any conflict involving pretrial rulings,
- Provide a level of convenience to the court system, witnesses and all parties involved.
A Risk of Infection
More than eight out of 10 hospitals in the United States use temperature management systems designed, developed and manufactured by Bair Hugger. However, numerous studies have indicated that this type of therapy increases the potential risk of patients developing serious life-threatening infections during orthopedic high-risk surgery. Many of these surgeries involve implants including artificial heart valves, hip implants and knee implants where large surgical wound could become infected if the environment is not kept in a sterile manner.
Why File a Bair Hugger Lawsuit?
The manufacturers of medical devices have a legal responsibility to design, develop and promote medically safe products to consumers that are used by health care professionals. Many of the lawsuits that have already been filed accuse 3M Bair Hugger of failing to thoroughly and properly test their devices, failing to conduct substantial testing after the product was brought to market and failure to surveil their products after becoming aware of the products’ numerous life-threatening adverse effects.
Personal injury attorneys and wrongful death law firms, including Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC, have filed lawsuits against 3M for failing to provide adequate warning to health care professionals who use circulating air inside operating rooms using devices that have a defect that could lead to infection. In addition, the lawyers have claimed misrepresentation by the design manufacturers because they recklessly and knowingly disregarded their duty to inform consumers of known defects that cause unsafe conditions.
Hiring an Attorney
The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC are currently handling Bair Hugger lawsuits and claims for compensation on behalf of individuals who have developed serious life-threatening infections including sepsis and MRSA after knee or hip replacement surgery involving forced air warmer systems. If you, or your loved one, have suffered serious harm as a result of these procedures, you are likely able to obtain financial compensation to cover all injury related damages, injuries and harm.
We invite you to call a Chicago Medical Device Defect Attorney today at (888) 424-5757 for a no-obligation, free legal review of your case. Our team of successful attorneys can ensure you receive adequate payment for your hospitalization, medical expenses, doctor fees, prescription medications, physical therapies and rehabilitation costs associated with your injuries caused by negligence of others. Call today to learn about protecting your legal rights for financial compensation.