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Bair Hugger Amputation Lawsuits

Commonly asked questions about bear hugger amputation lawsuits:

What Are Bair Hugger Devices?

Bair Hugger warming blankets are often used in long surgeries such as total knee and hip replacement procedures.

The purpose of the blanket is to continually push warm air over the patient’s body to avoid the risk of the patient developing hypothermia. However, it is now believed that these forced air warming blankets are to blame for spreading contaminated air from the floor of the operating room into open the surgical sites. This can lead to serious infection in the surgical area that can develop and worsen days after the surgery.

What are the Criteria for Filing a Bair Hugger Lawsuit?

The 3M Bair Hugger is a force hot air warming blanket, used primarily to help maintain a patient’s body temperature during surgery. The 3M Bair Hugger pushes warm air through a flexible hose into a blanket draped over a patient.

However, warming blankets can recirculate contaminated air over a patient’s body, including over an open surgical site. This may result in infections like MRSA or sepsis.

In particular, patients undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery are at risk of infections deep in the joint, which is very difficult to treat.

Complications from these infections include hospitalization, implant revision surgery, limited mobility, permanent disability, amputation and death.

To file a Bair Hugger Lawsuit, the following criteria must be met:

  • Underwent total hip or total knee replacement
  • Surgery occurred after September 9, 2010
  • Infection occurred within one year of the hip or knee replacement
  • Infection was so severe that it resulted in the eventual removal of the initial hip or knee replacement device

How Are Amputations Caused By Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger warming blanket systems have recently been under the microscope for allegations of that the device can spread harmful bacteria into open surgical areas during some implant surgeries. When infection occurs in the arms or legs, the risk of limb amputation can become greater the longer the infection goes untreated.

In recent months, lawsuits have been filed against the makers of the Bair Hugger warming blankets claiming that the device caused hot air currents between the surgeon and the patient, transporting contaminated air to surgical areas. This contaminated air can cause infection in the surgical site, and if not detected in time, can lead to further complications.

Bair Hugger Warming Blankets & Amputation

Limb amputation is a very involved surgical procedure that requires extensive planning and rehabilitation. Besides the obvious resulting physical limitations, losing an arm or leg can have a profound emotional effect on the individual. Lawsuits in these types of cases seek compensation for the cost of the procedure and the cost of future doctor’s visits, including the design and installment of artificial limbs.

Additionally, they seek payment for the emotional distress many feel after losing an arm or leg.

Can I File A Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuit?

Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by a Bair Hugger warming blanket. Lawsuits have been filed against the device makers by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.

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How Do I Start A Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Claim?

Our Bair Hugger warming blanket lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:

  1. Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
  2. Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.

We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.

WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit claims.

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  1. Limb Amputations – Web MD
  2. Leg or Foot Amputation – MedlinePlus
  3. Bair Hugger – 3M