3M Bair Hugger
Undergoing hip or joint surgery may involve a lengthy and difficult period of recovery, which may become even more debilitating in the event of an infection. Recently, some surgery patients who developed serious infections have brought suit against the manufacturer of Bair Hugger units, claiming that its forced-air warming system increased the risk of infection. At Grimes Teich Anderson LLP, our product liability lawyers can help injured plaintiffs take legal action against negligent companies that design or sell faulty medical devices. While these claims are often complex, our North Carolina and South Carolina Bair Hugger lawyers can carefully explain your options and provide comprehensive advice regarding a lawsuit involving this product.Information About 3M Bair Hugger and Surgical Infections
Maintaining a patient’s body temperature during surgery has been shown to provide many benefits, such as decreased recovery time and reduced blood loss. Accordingly, hospitals and doctors have utilized different types of warming systems in order to sustain the core temperature of their patients. The Bair Hugger system is a forced-air patient warming device designed and manufactured by 3M. The Bair Hugger unit circulates warm air through hoses within a special blanket, which covers the patient before, during, and after surgery in order to maintain body temperature. In some cases, patients have contracted deep-joint infections after the Bair Hugger system was used during their surgeries, particularly in orthopedic procedures such as hip and knee replacement surgeries. Serious deep-joint infections, including staph infections and sepsis, may cause incurable conditions and require additional surgery or treatment.
Recent lawsuits against 3M have alleged that waste heat escapes from the Bair Hugger device, causing bacteria and other contaminants to spread throughout the room and come into contact with the patient’s open surgical site. Consequently, this contamination increases the patient’s risk of infection from surgery. The Bair Hugger attorneys at our North Carolina and South Carolina firm can advise you on whether you may be able to bring this type of claim.Product Liability Claims Arising out of Defective Medical Devices
There are several causes of action that may arise out of a defective medical device. Lawsuits related to the 3M Bair Hugger have alleged various negligence and product liability claims against the manufacturer for defective design, failure to warn of the risks, and misrepresentation, among other claims. Generally, a person or entity is required to exercise ordinary care in designing a product so that it is reasonably safe to use for its intended purpose. Under North Carolina law, a manufacturer may be held liable for injuries caused by a defective medical device if the manufacturer acted unreasonably in designing the device. A plaintiff bringing a claim based on inadequate design or formulation has the burden of proof to show that the manufacturer acted unreasonably in designing its product, and the manufacturer’s unreasonable conduct proximately caused harm to the plaintiff. The plaintiff is also required to establish one of two additional elements: either that the manufacturer unreasonably failed to use an alternative design that would have precluded or reduced the risk of injury, or that the product was so unreasonably designed that reasonable people would not use it if they knew the relevant facts regarding the product. In addition to the manufacturer, other defendants may be held liable in some product liability cases, such as the distributors, suppliers, or sellers of the product or the manufacturer’s parent or subsidiary corporations.Seek Guidance from a Bair Hugger Lawyer in North Carolina or South Carolina
The circumstances of each product-related injury are unique, and a qualified attorney can provide you with specific information regarding your claim. The North Carolina and South Carolina Bair Hugger attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson LLP have the experience and skill needed to represent injured individuals against medical device manufacturers. We advise people in North Carolina, including in Asheville, Franklin, Rutherfordton, Spruce Pine, and Waynesville and in Greenville, Spartanburg and Gaffney, South Carolina. Schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer or wrongful death attorney by calling Grimes Teich Anderson LLP at 800.533.6845 or submitting our contact form online.