Hip replacement Infection lawyers note the filing of Bair Hugger lawsuits by surgery patients who have suffered from severe infections after undergoing hip replacement procedures that involve Bair Hugger warming blankets. Some infections have required multiple additional surgeries to treat and have resulted in amputations in some cases. Affected patients are considering a hip replacement infection lawsuit to recover compensation for their injuries.
If you or a loved one developed a severe infection following a hip replacement or other surgery and believe that a Bair Hugger warming blanket may have been used, contact Attorney Group for more information. We offer free, no obligation, confidential consultations. We can answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated hip replacement infection lawyer who can assist you throughout the legal process.
What are Bair Hugger Warming Blankets
Bair Hugger warming blankets work by using a forced air warming (FAW) process, which involves several components working together to warm a patient’s skin while under general anesthesia. Warm air is dispersed through a blanket via a hose mechanism, which is attached to a portable heater/blower. Patients are covered by a surgical drape during procedures, and this drape collects warm air to maintain a consistent body temperature.
The Bair Hugger is designed to reduce the likelihood of bleeding, promote recovery and enhance surgical results. According to allegations in Bair Hugger hip replacement infection claims, the manufacturers of this device knew that it could cause particles from the floor to enter the surgical site causing complications and infections.
Complications Leading to Hip Replacement Infection Lawsuits
Deep joint infections, particularly in the hip and knee during replacement surgeries, are dangerous problems, side effects and risks of Bair Hugger warming blankets, according to lawsuits. A common type of infection with hip replacement surgery is hip sepsis. About 42 percent of hip replacement infections involve staph infections. In nearly eight percent of cases, an MRSA infection is present, which is an antibiotic-resistant staph infection much more challenging to manage. The appearance of staph infections heightens the risk that the treatment will fail. Typical symptoms of hip infections following surgeries may include:
- Increased pain
- Stiffness and swelling
- Warmth and redness at surgical site
- Wound Drainage
- Fever and Chills
- Unusual fatigue
An infection of a total joint replacement may loosen, become significantly painful and require replacement. Even if the implant is washed clean, most types of infections require complete removal of the implant to eliminate the infection. In severe cases, where treatment of the hip infection is not fast enough, amputation may be necessary.
Those harmed as a result of the Bair Hugger warming blanket are seeking compensation for their injuries with the assistance of a hip replacement infection lawyer.
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 suffer hip replacement 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 a hip replacement 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 complications from a Bair Hugger warming blanket 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 hip replacement infection lawyer to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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If you or a loved one developed a severe infection following a hip replacement or other surgery and believe that a Bair Hugger warming blanket may have been used, contact Attorney Group for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at [email protected].
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Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.
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