Lawsuits: Bair Hugger Design Flaws Promote Joint Infections

Lawsuits claim that Bair Hugger warming blanket design flaws caused patients to suffer severe deep joint infections. It is expected that the inventor of the Bair Hugger warming blanket will testify regarding problems with the device he created. An Ohio Bair Hugger attorney may be able to help affected patients by filing a Bair Hugger lawsuit to seek compensation for injuries caused by the device.

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Warming Blanket Inventor to Testify on Behalf of the Plaintiffs

The manufacturer of the Bair Hugger warming blanket, a device which is used to stabilize the body temperature of patients during surgical procedures, faces more than 50 lawsuits claiming that the device caused the plaintiffs to suffer debilitating deep joint infections. According to The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the lawsuits allege that the Bair Hugger blanket produces excessive heat and rising currents of air, which can lift contaminants from the floor of the operating room. These contaminants can then allegedly settle on a patient’s recently placed joint implants and cause serious infections.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs assert that research supports their clients’ claims. A study conducted by the original developer of the Bair Hugger, Dr. Scott Augustine, suggests that the device can alter the regular flow of air within the operating room and spread contaminants. Dr. Augustine is expected to testify on behalf of the plaintiffs. The Bair Hugger is still widely used despite these safety concerns. Since 1987, this device has been employed during at least 200 million surgical procedures and nearly four out of five hospitals still use the Bair Hugger warming blanket today, the website reported.

How an Ohio 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 an Ohio Bair Hugger attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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