Lawsuits Mount Against Bair Hugger Blanket Maker

An Alabama Bair Hugger attorney notes that lawsuits are mounting against 3M, the Bair Hugger warming blanket maker, as more patients claim injury. Joint replacement patients have claimed that the forced air warming blanket caused them to suffer serious infections, and some are seeking compensation by filing a Alabama Bair Hugger lawsuit.

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Report: New Bair Hugger Lawsuits Filed

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that new lawsuits are being filed alleging that Bair Hugger blankets spread contaminants and cause infections. The Bair Hugger warming blankets include rows of inflatable tubes that fill up with hot air to warm patients, which is thought to improve surgical outcomes by preventing heat loss from the body’s core and reducing the risk of hypothermia from anesthesia. A separate warming unit, which is connected by a hose, pumps air into the Bair Hugger blanket.

The inventor of the Bair Hugger blanket is among those now calling for its removal from hospitals because of its risk of causing infection in orthopedic patients. The single-use blanket is used in four out of five hospitals today. For its part, 3M Co., the manufacturer of the blanket, alleges that the inventor of the device has ulterior motives now that he has introduced a competitive product known as the HotDog into the U.S. market. The product inventor said that a year-and-a-half long study provided irrefutable evidence that the Bair Hugger blanket can spread infection-causing contaminants, the website reported.

How an Alabama Bair Hugger Attorney Can Help

Medical device makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their devices, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a device maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable for injuries that may result.

Patients who suffered severe infections from a Bair Hugger warming blanket may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • The permanency of the injury
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Loss of income or ability to work

If a patient dies from their infection, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:

  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses

Patients who have suffered severe infections from Bair Hugger warming blankets, as well as the families of those who have died as a result of complications with the device, are encouraged to seek the advice of an Alabama Bair Hugger attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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