At least 50 patients who developed severe infections after joint surgery have filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, claiming that the device was to blame for their injuries. Although the device’s maker maintains that its product can safely be used after joint surgery, affected patients may be eligible to pursue claims for compensation against device makers with the assistance of a Nevada Bair Hugger attorney.
If you or a loved one developed a severe infection after undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery, a heart procedure, or some other type of surgery, contact Attorney Group for Nevada to learn more. We offer free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Nevada Bair Hugger lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Warming Blanket Inventor Expected To Testify For Injured Plaintiffs
A growing number of lawsuits are claiming that the Bair Hugger warming blanket, which is used to help patients maintain healthy body temperatures during surgical procedures, causes serious deep joint infections. According to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the lawsuits allege that the device creates currents that can lift bacteria from the operating room floor up to surgical patients. More than 50 people who developed joint infections are now seeking damages from 3M Co., the maker of the warming blanket.
According to the news report, attorneys representing the injured patients say the research shows the device can spread airborne contaminants while warming up surgical patients. The inventor of the device, Dr. Scott Augustine, is expected to testify that the device he developed in the late 1980s creates infection risk, especially for joint-surgery patients, 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 a Nevada Bair Hugger attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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