Legal Claims Alleging Infections Due to the Bair Hugger Device
Bair Hugger related lawsuits allege the company was aware of the higher possibility of joint infections after knee and hip replacement surgeries due to their surgical warming blanket. However, the manufacturer chose not to modify the design to try to reduce infection risks, and they failed to notify medical professionals or the public about the potential health risks.
Chelsie King Garza is taking on lawsuits against the Bair Hugger device. If you suffered from an infection following a knee or hip replacement surgery, our law firm wants to talk with you.
Contact Chelsie online today or call 713-893-8808.
Lawsuits Are Being Filed to Recover Damages Due to Serious Infections
The manufacturer of The Bair Hugger is 3M, and they are based in Minnesota. As a result, lawsuits from across the United States are being combined to include centralized discovery and evidence that will be presented to a federal judge. There have been hundreds of individual claims filed on behalf of patients who had to be treated for severe infections possibly caused by the Bair Hugger medical device.
The attorneys representing the patients are gathering evidence that the Bair Hugger warming blanket circulated air containing bacteria that infected open wounds immediately after surgery.
The filed documents claim:
- The makers of the Bair Hugger failed to warn the public and the FDA about the potential dangers of using the device even after testing identified problems.
- 3M didn’t to warn users of the potential increased risk of infections after surgery.
- The Bair Hugger has design flaws, and the manufacturer neglected to perform sufficient testing.
- The company produced a defective device that is not safe to use as directed.
The Potential Dangers of Using the Bair Hugger
The greatest risk of using the Bair Hugger warming blanket is contracting a deep joint infection following knee or hip replacement surgery.
Once a patient has a deep join infection, they will need antibiotics and may also need surgery. The most severe infections require additional surgery ranging from joint fusion to a two-part revision surgery to remove the device and replace it, to even amputation. If revision surgery cannot be done, patients will need long-term antibiotic therapy to treat the infection.
The following factors make patients more likely to suffer from infections after hip and knee joint replacement surgery:
- Immune deficiencies (such as HIV, or lymphoma)
- Current or history of immunosuppressive treatments (chemotherapy or corticosteroids)
- Poor circulation to the hands and feet (vascular disease)
If there are signs of a joint infection, immediate diagnosis and appropriate treatment are most likely to ensure a complete recovery. Therefore, if patients experience the following symptoms, they should call their doctor right away:
- Drainage from the wound
- Unusual fatigue
- Fevers, chills, and night sweats
- Redness around the incision and heat in the joint
- Increased joint pain or stiffness
Potential Settlements Awarded to Bair Hugger Claimants
Since lawyers are still collecting evidence about potential Bair Hugger claims due to infections following surgeries, there have not been any group settlements paid yet. However, it is typical that settlements involving large groups of claimants are not resolved until there have been several jury trials completed so the company can gather information about the extent of the potential claims and what they may be required to pay in damages.
Chelsie King Garza is available to discuss your possible Bair Hugger infection case. Contact us online or call 713-893-8808.