Hip & Knee Surgery Infection Lawsuits

Have you had a hip or knee replacement surgery?
Was a forced-air warming blanket used during your surgery?
Did you develop a severe infection after the surgery?

We are currently investigating potential claims for anyone who has suffered from the
complications of an infection, following a hip or knee replacement surgery,
that may be associated with a forced-air warming blanket system.

What is a Forced-Air Warming Blanket?

Patients under anesthesia during surgery pose a number of risks. For one, anesthesia can remove the body’s ability to self-regulate its temperature. As a result, specialized tools have been developed to keep patients warm during this critical time. A popular solution is a forced-air system that circulates hot air around the patient. One of the most prominent systems is the Bair Hugger from manufacturer 3M.

What Is The Problem?

The Bair Hugger system uses air pumped in from a warming unit that is located on the surgery room floor. This air circulation can stir up bacteria and other contaminates located on the floor, and cause them to become airborne. Once airborne, the surgical site can become contaminated putting the patient at risk for infection. This risk is particularly high for those undergoing orthopedic procedures.

Did 3M know about this problem? The creator, Dr. Scott Augustine says that he warned 3M of the potential for waste heat to stir up contaminants within the product when they bought it. He alleges that the Bair Hugger’s infection risks were known as early as 2010 and intentionally hidden to maintain sales.

Serious & Fatal Infections

An infection can get deep inside the joints, causing ongoing pain and suffering for the patient. Some require follow up surgeries; others need amputation of the limbs. Serious infections can even cause a wrongful death.

Free Consultation, No Fee Promise.

If you or a loved one has suffered from the side effects of an infection after a hip or knee replacement surgery, you may want to contact an attorney. Our dangerous and defective products attorneys offer a free, no obligation, consultation. Additionally, our no fee promise means you don't owe us any legal fees unless we settle or win your case. Contact us to discuss your situation today 877-544-5323.

News & Info

  • Judges Sets Conference for Bair Hugger Litigation

    An initial conference between attorneys and the U.S. District Judge presiding over the federal Bair Hugger lawsuits has been ordered for February 2016. The meeting will focus on the organization of the multidistrict litigation, including policies for filing new cases and selecting plaintiffs attorneys to act as leaders throughout the process. This is the next Continue Reading →

  • Bair Hugger Linked to Infection in Orthopedic Surgery

    The number of Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket lawsuits continues to increase as concerns grow about their use. Forced-air warming blankets, such as the Bair Hugger, are used during orthopedic surgeries to regulate a patient’s body temperature. However, recent lawsuits claim that forced air-warming blankets may potentially increase the risk for serious infections. Why? Simply put, orthopedic Continue Reading →

  • Bair Hugger Lawsuits Consolidated in Multidistrict Litigation

    Dozens of Bair Hugger lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation. The suits all allege the same complaint: that the medical device known as the Bair Hugger forced-air warming devices caused contaminants from the operating room floor to enter the surgical site. The Bair Hugger has been used in hospitals around the country to keep patients warm during Continue Reading →

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