If you've had orthopedic surgery recently, there's a good chance you were put under anesthesia. While anesthetized, surgeons use a warming system that regulates your body's temperature. It's been found that Bair Hugger, 3M's patented warming product, has caused severe joint infection in patients.
Some patients required additional surgeries and treatments to combat against the infections. Claims have been brought against Bair Hugger's manufacturer. If you experienced a hip, knee, or joint infection after an orthopedic surgery, you could be entitled to compensation. Contact our law firm for a free consultation today at 1-866-943-3427 or simply complete the form located to the right.
The Bair Hugger warming system is a forced-air device used during joint replacement surgery to regulate a patient's body temperature. By expelling warm air, it not only keeps your body warm, it unfortunately also circulates any germs or bacteria living within the operating room. With an open incision on the patient's body, these germs can find their way deep into joints and cause serious, life-threatening infections.
These infections can be very difficult to treat. They are far less affected by normal antibiotics and typically require a number of additional surgeries to heal. This could lead to extended hospital visits, mounting medical bills, extensive physical therapy, and much more.
Manufacturers like 3M have a responsibility to produce safe, contagion-free products that work as intended. Without the proper warning, the Bair Hugger has endangered the lives of thousands of patients undergoing orthopedic surgery.
Consequences for joint infections can range anywhere from multiple surgeries in the future to total amputation of a limb. Medical expenses, lost time at work, and physical therapy costs are just a few of the mounting financial burdens – not to mention pain and suffering, as well as emotional damages as a result of the Bair Hugger.
3M is currently facing legal claims against their Bair Hugger warming system. It is alleged that they were aware of the machine's potential to cause joint infection and did nothing to redesign the product.
Furthermore, it is believed that there was a lack of proper warning to healthcare professionals who utilized this product in numerous procedures. In fact, the Bair Hugger is still in production and use currently.
If you've suffered a joint infection after an orthopedic surgery, requiring you to undergo additional surgeries and treatment, you could be entitled to compensation in the claim against the Bair Hugger warming system.
Contact our legal professionals any time at 1-866-943-3427 or complete the form in the top right. Chat with one of our representatives by clicking on the box on the bottom right. We're available any time and it's absolutely free to speak with.
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