An Oklahoma Bair Hugger attorney notes that a patient on whom a Bair Hugger warming blanket was used during knee surgery is now suing the maker of the device, claiming that he developed a severe infection and other complications due to the device’s defects. Affected patients and their families may be eligible to pursue claims by filing an Oklahoma Bair Hugger lawsuit.
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Lawsuit: Multiple Surgical Procedures Required Because Of Bair Hugger Infection
The lawsuit is alleging that defects in the design of the warming blanket caused contamination and infection of the wound site. According to The Louisiana Record, the man’s lawsuit contends that the warming device, which blows hot air through a flexible hose and into a disposable blanket, doesn’t effectively filter out pathogens due to design changes that the manufacturer made in 2009. The complaint also alleges that the inventor of the device recognized the risk of contamination with the device and even admitted more than 15 years before that the Bair Hugger warming blanket was vulnerable to pathogens.
The plaintiff reportedly has been forced to undergo multiple surgical procedures as a result of developing an infection after his initial knee surgery. He claims that he has suffered financial losses, challenges with mobility, pain and emotional distress. Citing the product’s defects and the manufacturer’s alleged awareness of the associated risks, the man is requesting punitive damages, along with economic damages and coverage of legal expenses, the website reported.
How an Oklahoma 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
- The permanency of the injury
- 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 Oklahoma Bair Hugger attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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