Lawsuit Claims Bair Hugger Blanket Caused Severe Infection

Accusations surrounding an allegedly defective surgical warming blanket are the basis for a lawsuit filed in a Madison County, Illinois, Circuit Court. The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff developed a post-surgical infection after knee replacement surgery. The woman claims that the surgical site was exposed to contaminants stirred up by the blanket’s circulation system which pulled air from the floor of the operating room. Affected patients may be eligible to pursue claims for compensation against device makers with the assistance of an Illinois Bair Hugger attorney.

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Lawsuit: Defendants Should Have Known The Risks Associated With The Surgical Blanket

A medical device maker and a health care provider are among the defendants in a lawsuit involving 3M Corporation’s Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket. According to the Madison Record, the plaintiff and her husband are each seeking more than $50,000 from four defendants after she developed a serious infection that she claims was caused by the medical device.

Additional details of the lawsuit reveal that the plaintiff believes her infection was caused when contaminants became embedded in her surgical opening after the blanket stirred them up from the floor of the operating room. The lawsuit, filed in November 2015, also alleges that three of the four defendants should have been aware of the risks associated with the Bair Hugger warming blanket, and that they failed to treat her appropriately after her knee surgery was performed. Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, OSF Healthcare, and a doctor who performed the surgery were all named in the lawsuit, as was medical device maker, the 3M Corporation, the website reported.

Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation

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 an Illinois Bair Hugger lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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