3M is facing over 500 lawsuits from people who developed deep joint infections after the Bair Hugger forced-air warming device was used in their surgery.
What You Can Do & How We Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with an infection after hip or knee replacement surgery, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
The Bair Hugger is a special blanket used to keep surgery patients under anesthesia warm. It works like a forced-air heater, pushing warm air through a hose into a blanket draped over an unconscious patient.
The problem, critics say, is that the Bair Hugger can spread bacteria associated with hospital-acquired infections, according to the New York Times.
Lawsuits have already been filed by a man who had to have his leg amputated after developing an antibiotic-resistant infection following knee replacement surgery. Another lawsuit was filed by a man who had to have 15 surgeries after developing an infection following hip replacement surgery.
What is the problem?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm, but our attorneys are not currently investigating a Bair Hugger class action. Instead, we are advocating for each of our clients by filing individual lawsuits.
About Class Actions
Class action lawsuits are typically filed by a “class representative” on behalf of a large group of people who all have the same legal claim — for example, buying a defective product. Members share legal expenses and divide any payout equally.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
For individuals with very serious injuries, class actions can have serious disadvantages. Members may have to accept “low-ball” settlements or watch attorneys take a huge cut of the payout, leaving the rest for everyone in the class action to share.
Our attorneys believe everyone who was injured by the Bair Hugger deserves an attorney who is committed to their case. There is no excuse for failing to warn about the risk of life-threatening infections, or failing to re-design a product to avoid this risk.
If you or a loved one developed an infection after hip or knee replacement surgery, heart valve surgery, or another type of surgery, the Bair Hugger may have been responsible. We can help you seek compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, disability, and more.
Do I have a Bair Hugger Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting 3M Bair Hugger injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was diagnosed with an infection after hip or knee replacement surgery, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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