The Bair Hugger warming blanket has been the subject of more than 150 different lawsuits filed against manufacturer 3M. An alarming number of patients are reporting major complications including MRSA and deep joint infections after undergoing a surgical procedure in which the device was used.
As accomplished class action lawyers, our attorneys can help you determine if you are entitled to file a Bair Hugger lawsuit seeking compensation for the pain and suffering, medical damages, and other damages you have suffered.
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Bair Hugger Complications
The Bair Hugger is a forced air warming blanket that circulates warm air through hoses attached to an inflatable blanket to help regulate a patient’s body temperature during surgery. The device is most commonly used during hip and joint replacement surgeries.
Several lawsuits have been filed against 3M, the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, claiming that the design of the device recirculates contaminated air into the sterile surgery area, significantly increasing the risk for developing a joint infection.
Some of the most common complications reported by patients who have filed lawsuits include:
- Joint infections
- Additional surgeries
- Intravenous antibiotic treatment
- Extended hospital stays
- Physical therapy
If you or someone you love has encountered any of these complications after undergoing a surgery in which this device was used, you may be entitled to file a Bair Hugger lawsuit.
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Symptoms of an Infected Joint
Some common signs and symptoms of a joint infection include:
- Chills, night sweats and fever
- Redness around the wound
- Drainage from the wound
Suffering a joint infection can lead to significant additional medical procedures that can be costly. A Bair Hugger lawsuit can help you recover the compensation you need to cover those costs.
Since first bringing the device onto the market in 1988, Dr. Scott Augustine, the creator of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, has expressed concern about the potential for contaminated air to be circulated through the device and contaminate the operating site.
Several studies have also analyzed the possibility. One published in The Bone & Joint Journal found that the air being circulated throughout the Bair Hugger warming blanket had 2,000 times as many contaminants as other warming devices.
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Bair Hugger Lawsuits
A number of lawsuits have been filed against 3M claiming that the company knew about the risks of its device, but failed to warn doctors and patients.
A lawsuit filed in 2013 claimed that the Bair Hugger warming blanket caused a patient’s deep joint infection, which led to fifteen additional surgeries and the removal of the infected device.
In a lawsuit filed in 2014, a patient stated that he had to have his leg amputated after developing MRSA because of the Bair Hugger warming blanket.
Those who have suffered because of the Bair Hugger warming blanket may also be entitled to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses, missed days at work, and more. Contact our experienced team today for a free consultation to find out if you have a case.
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Learn About Filing a Bair Hugger Lawsuit
At Lynch Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers are committed to fighting for the rights of the injured and standing up to large corporations that produce and sell products that cause harm to innocent consumers and patients.
We can help you hold 3M responsible for the damage they caused you or someone you love. Contact us today for a free consultation about filing a Bair Hugger lawsuit. We do not charge any upfront fees and work only on a contingency fee basis. That means you owe us nothing unless we recover a verdict or settlement on your behalf.
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