Lawsuit: Bair Hugger Blanket Promotes Deep Joint Infections

A Bair Hugger attorney notes that lawsuits filed against device maker 3M Co., claim that the company’s Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket caused the plaintiffs to develop serious infections after joint surgery. The lawsuits allege that excess heat from the warming blanket, which is used to keep a patient’s body warm during surgery, promotes infections by carrying contaminants from the operating room floor to surgical patients. Affected patients may be eligible to seek compensation by filing a Bair Hugger lawsuit.

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Report: Bair Hugger Used In Over 200 Million Procedures Since 1987 – More Lawsuits Expected

More than 50 people are seeking damages from 3M, claiming that the company’s Bair Hugger warming blanket was designed defectively and exposed them to deep-joint infections as a result. According to The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the plaintiffs allege that the Bair Hugger blanket causes infections by circulating contaminants from the operating room floor up to the surgical site.

The inventor of the Bair Hugger has previously called attention to the risk of infections associated with this device. After months of study, the company that first produced the Bair Hugger found that the extra heat it generates could produce convection currents that drive contaminants up from the floor. Additionally, one study found that the Bair Hugger creates a significantly higher risk of infection than another widely used surgical warming blanket. Still, 3M has continued to deny that the Bair Hugger elevates the risk of infections. Lawyers expect that thousands of patients may eventually file suits against 3M Co., given the wide use of the company’s Bair Hugger blanket. Four out of five hospitals use this device, and it has been incorporated into over 200 million surgeries since 1987, the website reported.

How a 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
  • 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 a Bair Hugger attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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