Defective Medical Devices & Dangerous Drugs
3M Bair Hugger Lawsuits
The Bair Hugger warming blanket is a body warming device used during surgery to maintain the patient’s body temperature. Unfortunately, the Bair Hugger has been linked to severe bacterial infections. If you have suffered severe infections following certain surgical procedures, A Cooper Law Partners attorney will help you determine whether you are entitled to file a lawsuit against Bair Hugger manufacturers 3M Company. More than 3,200 victims have already filed Bair Hugger related lawsuits.
What Is a Bair Hugger?
The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming medical device that is used to control a patient’s core body temperature during a surgical procedure. Bair Hugger devices push warm air through a hose and into a blanket covering the patient during surgery. Bair Hugger blankets are designed to decrease the risk of unintended hypothermia in anesthetized patients. Unfortunately, the unfiltered air which is released by the Bair Hugger can contaminate the operating room air and spread bacteria to the patient’s open surgical site. The bacteria can then cause serious infections, commonly in the patient’s knees or hips, called periprosthetic joint infections, or deep joint infections.
Risks Associated With Bair Hugger Devices
The risks associated with Bair Hugger devices are so great that Dr. Scott D. Augustine, the inventor of the Bair Hugger, has warned of the dangers and wants hospitals to stop using them during certain procedures. The more than 50,000 Bair Hugger devices that are believed to be in use in hospitals and surgical clinics across the United States can create the following complications:
- Increased risk of joint infection
- Additional surgeries
- Implant Revision surgeries
- Antibiotic spacer placed in infected joint
- Physical therapy
- Antibiotic treatment intravenously
- Prolonged hospital stays
- Permanent Disability
The most common injuries associated with Bair Hugger devices are bacterial joint infections. Some of these infections are relatively easy to treat, others, like MRSA, can be life-threatening and are extremely difficult to treat. These infections can have terrible consequences, including:
- Extreme pain or discomfort
- Night sweats
- Chest pain
- Wound drainage
- Impaired mobility
- Unpleasant odor
- Shortness of breath
- Necrosis of skin and tissue
- Tissue Death
- Bone deterioration
If you have recently had surgery that required the use of a Bair Hugger and are experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Cooper Law Partners or another lawyer immediately. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Bair Hugger Lawsuits
Bair Hugger infection lawsuits claim that the manufacturer of Bair Hugger, 3M, was negligent, should be strictly liable for selling a defective product, and failed to warn of the dangers posed by Bair Hugger devices.
Specifically, lawsuits claim that 3M engaged in wrongful conduct by:
- Failing to properly and thoroughly test the Bair Hugger
- Concealing the risks of the Bair Hugger
- Selling the Bair Hugger without adequate warnings
- Selling the Bair Hugger without proper instructions to avoid potential harm
- Defective design of the Bair Hugger
- Continuing to manufacture, market, advertise, and distribute the Bair Hugger after they knew or should have known it was dangerous.
- Failing to utilize a safer alternative design in the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger
- Misrepresentation of the safety and effectiveness of the Bair Hugger.
As a result of 3M’s alleged wrongdoing, Cooper Law Partners is representing affected patients and seeking maximum compensation for their Bair Hugger related injuries.
How Cooper Law Partners Can Help Those Who Have Been Injured By a Bair Hugger Device
Despite the known dangers, 3M continues to manufacture and sell Bair Hugger devices. If you contracted a joint infection undergoing surgery in which a Bair Hugger device was used, it is important that contact a lawyer immediately because the law imposes time limitations for filing a claim. Cooper Law Partners’ Bair Hugger lawyers will go over your situation and guide you through the process of seeking maximum compensation for your injuries.