Bair Hugger Lawsuit: The Next Big MDL?
Bair Hugger Lawsuit Court Outlines Bellwether Trial Selection Process
Verdicts in these early Bair Hugger trials may provide insight into jury decisions in similar lawsuits,” says Sandy A. Liebhard, a partner at Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing victims of defective drugs and medical devices.
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The Bair Hugger lawsuit is gaining momentum. At last count there were over 800 cases reported and more being added. Although this case is currently too early to consider for MDL lawsuit funding, TriMark Legal Funding LLC is keeping a close eye on the proceedings.
Here is the latest news that is currently available:
More than 80% of American hospitals use the Bair Hugger warming blanket during surgery. Because most patients experience hypothermia during procedures, doctors use the Bair Hugger to help regulate body temperature. The device pumps warm air into a blanket draped over the patient’s body. The blanket has holes in it so the air can reach the patient and keep his or her body temperature up.
Regulating body temperature during surgery can help patients reduce their bleeding risk and reduce recovery time, but only if the device is used correctly. Ms. Shannon believes her doctors used the device negligently, causing her to suffer burns.
Plaintiffs in the litigation allege the device introduced contaminants into open surgical wounds causing serious and sometimes fatal deep joint infections (DJIs). While the body’s immune system can fight off many types of bacteria, the Bair Hugger plaintiffs were particularly at risk because of their implanted devices. Plaintiffs underwent total joint replacement surgeries, which are particularly dangerous because the immune system often cannot or does not detect bacteria landing on artificial joints. Later this week, a status conference will convene to discuss the next steps in the Bair Hugger infection litigation. For its part, both 3M and Arizant have denied all wrongdoing and claim their product is safe.
Woman Claims Bair Hugger Caused Burn Injuries
Diane Shannon underwent surgery in a Chicago hospital and ended up with unusual and very serious injuries. Ms. Shannon filed a lawsuit alleging a Bair Hugger warming blanket caused her to suffer burn injuries all over her body. More than 80%…
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Bair Hugger Lawsuits Continue to Climb
St. Paul, MN In a little over a month the number of Bair Hugger warming blanket lawsuits have increased by over 100. According to court filings, there were 693 federal cases housed in multidistrict litigation on September 15 of this year.
November Conference Scheduled For Bair Hugger Lawsuits
The Bair Hugger litigation is one of the fastest growing litigations so far this year, and while the litigation is still in the early phases, plaintiffs are about to take another step forward.
The next status conference will be convened on November 17 …
Conference Scheduled As Bair Hugger Cases Pass 800
NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ Hundreds of hip and knee replacement infection lawsuits involving the 3M Company’s Bair Hugger forced air warmer blanket continue to move forward in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.
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