Plaintiffs involved in federal litigation involving the 3M Bair Hugger warming blanket are on their way to court, following the selection of about 30 bellwether trials scheduled for early next year.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a deep joint infection or other injury after undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery with the 3M Bair Hugger blanket, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
April 21, 2017 – Plaintiffs in the Bair Hugger MDL allege that the warming blanket caused them to develop severe infections after undergoing hip or knee joint surgery. The device, which blows hot air into a specially designed blanket covering a patient, spreads bacteria from the hospital floor or inside of the device, according to the lawsuits.
All federal Bair Hugger lawsuits were consolidated into MDL No. 2666 in December 2015. The court in January randomly selected 150 cases which were nominated because all plaintiffs underwent either knee or hip replacement surgeries. A total of 31 federal cases have been selected by both parties, and one of the cases was chosen by both sides.
The Bair Hugger uses forced, warm air to prevent and treat hypothermia in surgical patients. The device, which was created by Dr. Scott Augustine and approved by the FDA in 1998, consists of a warming unit and disposable blanket that distributes warm air across the patient before, during and/or after surgery.
Even though he invented the device, Dr. Augustine now wants hospitals to stop using the Bair Hugger because it poses a danger to patients. Specifically, Augustine asserts that his invention is a danger to patients receiving implant devices like artificial heart valves and joints because the forced air can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections.
The case is In re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation, case number 0:15-md-02666, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Do I Have a Bair Hugger Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Bair Hugger lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new joint infection cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by the 3M Bair Hugger Warming System, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.