NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal multidistrict litigation established for hip and knee replacement infection lawsuits (http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/forced-air-warming/hip-and-knee-replacement-infection-lawsuit/) involving the 3M Company's Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket continues to grow. According to an update issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on September 15th, there are at least 693 product liability claims pending in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, where the proceeding is currently underway. That represents an increase of 147 filings since August 15th, when the Panel reported 547 cases. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
"We are not at all surprised to see the Bair Hugger litigation growing at this rate. Our Firm is representing clients in the multidistrict litigation, and we have received numerous inquiries from individuals concerned that the forced air warmer system may have contributed to a post-op deep joint infection following hip or knee implant surgery," says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is offering free, no-obligation legal review to hip and knee replacement patients who were allegedly harmed by the Bair Hugger surgical blanket.
Allegations in Bair Hugger Litigation
The Bair Hugger surgical warming system was brought to market in 1987 by Arizant Healthcare, Inc., which was acquired by the 3M Company in 2008. The forced air warmer consists of a portable heating unit that is connected to a single-use, disposable blanket via a flexible hose. During and after surgery, the apparatus helps a patient maintain an optimal body temperature by gently forcing warmed air through the blanket. Since its introduction, the Bair Hugger has been used by thousands of hospitals to warm millions of surgical patient.
All of the cases pending in the District of Minnesota allege that the Bair Hugger suffers from a design defect that allows potentially contaminated air from the operating room floor to come into contact with the sterile surgical field, greatly increasing the risk that a hip or knee implant patient will develop a deep joint infection post-surgery. 3M and Arizant are accused of ignoring this alleged flaw for years, and of failing to make design changes or provide appropriate safety warnings to the medical community.
Patients who developed serious deep joint infections following a Bair Hugger assisted hip or knee replacement may be entitled to file their own forced air warmer lawsuit. To obtain a free, no-obligation legal review of your potential case, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.
About Bernstein Liebhard LLP Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3.5 billion on behalf of our clients. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is honored to once again be named to The National Law Journal's "Plaintiffs' Hot List," recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country. This year's nomination marks the thirteenth year the firm has been named to this prestigious annual list.
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