Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuits
Commonly asked questions about bear hugger infection lawsuits:
- How does the Bair Hugger warming blanket work?
- How is the Bair Hugger warming blanket linked to infections?
- Bair Hugger infections lawsuits
- What are the Criteria for Filing a Bair Hugger Lawsuit?
- Can I file a Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuit?
- Our no-fee promise on Bair Hugger warming blanket cases
- How do I start a Bair Hugger warming blanket claim?
How Does The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Work?
The device works by forcing warm air throughout the body in order to prevent hypothermia in patients during surgeries. Although the Bair Hugger seems pretty straightforward, the device can be dangerous, especially during knee and hip surgeries. Since the Bair Hugger recirculates air from the operating room, it has the potential to spread contaminated air into open surgical sites. If the warming unit is placed on the floor, it could stir up germs from under the operating table and force bacteria and viral matter through the hose and into the blanket.
If bacteria enter a patient’s open wound, the patient could develop serious infections. Normally, the body can fight off infections after surgery. However, since knee and hip surgeries often involve metal implants, infections can become much more dangerous.
How Is The Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Linked To Infections?
Recently medical studies conducted on the Bair Hugger warming blankets have indicated that the device carries an increased risk of infection.
Lawsuits continue to be filed against 3M, the company that produces the Bair Hugger blankets, for failing to produce a safe and reliable medical device.
Lawsuits allege that the Bair Hugger has been responsible for deep joint infections, soft tissue infections, bacterial infections, MRSA infections, and sepsis, among other complications. Many of these infections can be life-threatening if not identified and treated in a timely manner.
Bair Hugger Infection Lawsuits
Joint replacement infection is an assumed risk of joint replacement surgery. In fact, the chances of contracting an infection from a joint replacement procedure is approximately 1 in 100. However, the use of the Bair Hugger warming blankets during these procedures can result in an increased risk of contracting an infection.
When bacteria infects a joint replacement area that contains metal and plastic components, it is harder for the body’s immune system to attack the infection due to the presence of the foreign materials. Therefore, despite the existence of antibiotics, patients with these types of infections from joint replacement procedures often require additional surgeries to combat the infection.
Lawsuits against 3M for infections seek compensation for medical expenses, among other factors, for the cost of additional surgeries required to fight the infection.
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
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:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- 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.