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3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Blankets Lawsuits

Jordan L. Chaikin

3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Blankets Lawsuits: Deep Joint Infections

Our firm is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who developed infections related to the use of 3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming blankets during surgical procedures. The Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket is used to maintain a normal body temperature during orthopedic surgeries, such as knee, hip, shoulder, and spine procedures. However, evidence suggests that these devices may be linked to deep joint infections occurring one year after surgery. In some cases, this prompts the need for revision surgeries or even the need for amputation.

If you or someone you know developed a deep joint infection following the use of a Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket, contact Parker Waichman LLP today.

Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Devices Linked to Infections

Forced-air warming blankets such as the Bair Hugger, manufactured by 3M, have been the subject of debate regarding their association with increased infection risks and the introduction of contaminants into the site of surgery. The inventor of Bair Hugger, Dr. Scott D. Augustine, has said that the device poses a risk of bacterial infection. He has spoken about these risks at professional events and has been involved in studies showing that the Bair Hugger may lead to infection.

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3M Sued over Bair Hugger Injuries

In 2013, a lawsuit was filed against 3M alleging that use of the Bair Hugger during a hip replacement surgery caused an infection. The suit was filed on behalf of a Texas man who underwent the procedure in March 2011. He alleges that he needed 15 additional surgeries, including one to remove the device; he is seeking $1 million in compensation for damages. When the Bair Hugger was used during the operation, the air picked up contaminants as it was discharged beneath the surgical table and then was recirculated into the joint, the lawsuit alleges.

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If you or a loved one developed an infection after a 3M Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming blanket was used, you may have valuable legal rights. For more information, fill out our online form or contact us at 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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PreTrial Order Issued In Bair Hugger Warming Blanket MDL

Oct 19, 2016
There are nearly 700 lawsuits in the Bair Hugger forced air warmer system multidistrict litigation (MDL) that has been organized in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota. Lawsuit allegations include that the Bair Hugger leads to severe infections. The court just approved use of a "Plaintiff Fact Sheet" in its pretrial Order. Current plaintiffs must complete the Fact Sheet within 90 days. Future plaintiffs and plaintiffs whose lawsuits are transferred into this MDL will must...

Maryland Man Claims Bair Hugger System Led to MRSA Infection

Sep 28, 2016
A lawsuit was recently filed against 3M Company claiming that their Bair Hugger warming device was defectively designed and caused a Baltimore man severe and permanent damage. The plaintiff had knee replacement surgery in 2013 when the Bair Hugger device was used. During the surgery, contaminants were introduced into the open surgical wound which led directly to the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, claims the lawsuit. The plaintiff was forced to suffer two...

Hip Replacement Patients Blame Bair Hugger Warming Blanket for Serious Infections

Sep 26, 2016
Two patients who had hip replacements are among the hundreds who report they contracted a serious infection because of the surgical warming blanket used during their surgery. Both people have endured repeated surgeries to treat devastating infections. One of the two is able to walk, but the other does not expect to walk ever again, Houston television station KPRC reports. An attorney, for the two patients said the Bair Hugger, the warming blanket made by 3M, used during their hip replacement...

Bair Hugger Forced-Air Warming Blanket MDL Grows

Aug 29, 2016
Litigation continues to grow over the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket. A new lawsuit was filed on Aug. 11 against 3M and Arizant Healthcare alleging that the Bair Hugger caused a deep joint infection. A plaintiff in the lawsuit is a New York man who alleges that he had to undergo additional surgeries and antibiotic therapy in order to treat his infection. The suit filed on his behalf seeks compensation for economic loss, pain and suffering and loss of consortium on behalf of his...

Bair Hugger Warming Blanket Lawsuits Increase in Numbers

Aug 3, 2016
Based on a Reuters analysis of data from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the number of filings in multidistrict litigation (MDL) brought over the Bair Hugger warming blanket increased greatly in June. As of March 31, 2016, the blanket manufacturer, 3M Co. reported that it faces more than 260 lawsuits, the majority of which are pending in federal or state court in Minnesota. Most plaintiffs involved indicated that they were recovering from knee or hip replacement surgery or...

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