A Texas Bair Hugger attorney notes that a patient on whom a Bair Hugger warming blanket was used during multiple knee replacement surgeries is now suing the maker of the device, claiming that she 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 a Texas Bair Hugger lawsuit.
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Plaintiff Alleges Defendants Were Negligent In Manufacturing And Marketing A Defective Device
The lawsuit, filed in February 2016 against 3M Co. and Arizant Healthcare Inc., alleges that the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger warming blanket was negligent in manufacturing and marketing a defective device, which caused the plaintiff to develop a severe joint infection after surgery. The plaintiff contends that the warming system, which circulates heated air through a hose and into a disposable blanket, is prone to contaminant buildup because the manufacturer opted to decrease the power of the blanket’s filtration system. The plaintiff claims that she developed permanent injuries as a result of being treated with the device after several knee replacement procedures, according to The Louisiana Record.
The woman’s complaint alleges that the defendants knew the risk of contamination but marketed the Bair Hugger regardless. She further alleges that the manufacturer previously have deceptively represented the Bair Hugger by falsely telling the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the device met High Efficiency Particulate Air standards. The plaintiff is seeking punitive and exemplary damages, as well as compensation for her various losses. 3M issued a statement regarding the lawsuit stating that “there is absolutely no merit to these claims”, the website reported.
How a Texas 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 a Texas Bair Hugger attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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