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What’s Happening With The Bair Hugger Litigation?

State Judge Dismisses Some Bair Hugger Lawsuits

A district court judge has dismissed dozens of lawsuits filed by Minnesota residents who allege that the Bair Hugger forced-air warmer caused their deep joint infections during joint replacement surgery by blowing contaminants off of the floor and into …

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First Two Bair Hugger Bellwether Trials Scheduled to be Ready to Go by April 2018

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The much-anticipated bellwether trials for the Bair Hugger litigation are set to begin this year.

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Bair Hugger Heat Blanket Litigation Continues to Grow

Bair Hugger Heat Blanket Litigation Continues to Grow Into the New Year

https://www.usrecallnews.com/bair-hugger-heat-blanket-litigation-continues-grow-new-year/According to a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Update released on January 17th, the number of 3M Bair Hugger injury claims has increased from 939 in December 15, 2016, to 1,105.

The Bair Hugger surgical blanket, originally manufactured by Arizant …

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Bair Hugger Litigation Chooses Bellwether Process

https://baddrug.news/news/bair-hugger-litigation-chooses-bellwether-process/Called the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket, the device is designed to regulate body temperature during surgery, which can decrease bleeding risks and reduce recovery time.

The device is a blanket with holes draped over the body.

An air pump forces air …

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Surgery patients blame blanket-type device for extreme infections

https://www.click2houston.com/health/surgery-patients-blame-blanket-type-medical-device-for-extreme-infectionsThe device he is referring to is called a Bair Hugger.

The Bair Hugger works like a blanket, keeping the body warm during anesthesia, because anesthesia drugs lower body temperature.

Low temperatures during surgery can increase your chance of infection …

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Bair Hugger Hip and Knee Infection Lawsuits Selected for Final Bellwether Trial Pool

The federal court overseeing coordinated pretrial proceedings for hundreds of hip and knee infection lawsuits involving the 3M Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket has selected eight individual cases for the proceeding’s first bellwether trials …

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Bair Hugger Lawsuit News: Federal Litigation Schedules June Conference as Deep Joint Infection Claims Exceed

All of the Bair Hugger lawsuits pending in the District of Minnesota were filed on behalf of hip and knee replacement patients who allegedly developed post-operative deep joint infections related to the use of the forced air warmer blanket during their …

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Could Opening An Operating Room Door During Surgeries Increase Infection Risk?

https://baddrug.news/news/opening-operating-room-door-surgeries-increase-infection-risk/Some believe this repetitive movement could increase a patient’s risk of developing an infection, and plaintiffs in the Bair Hugger litigation believe they are particularly at risk.

The study found, on average, the operating room door is opened 71 …

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Bair Hugger Litigation Continues to Grow

Bair Hugger Heat Blanket Litigation Continues to Grow Into the New Year

https://www.usrecallnews.com/bair-hugger-heat-blanket-litigation-continues-grow-new-year/The MDL for Bair Hugger is currently undergoing pretrial coordination in the US District Court in Minneapolis.

Some experts anticipate that the number of lawsuits will continue to mount, considering the Bair Hugger blanket has been in use for over two …

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Bair Hugger Lawsuit Filings Continue, As Federal Claims Exceed 1,100 Cases, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

NEW YORK, NY
Hip and knee replacement infection lawsuits continue to mount in the federal multidistrict litigation established for all product liability claims involving the 3M Company’s Bair Hugger forced air warmer system.

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Bair Hugger Lawsuits Keep Coming, Class Actions in US and Canada

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It’s been a little over a year since plaintiff Ruth Childers from Texas filed her Bair Hugger lawsuit against 3M Co. and three other defendants, alleging the forced-air warming blanket system caused a drug-resistant infection that …

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Could Opening An Operating Room Door During Surgeries Increase Infection Risk?

https://baddrug.news/news/opening-operating-room-door-surgeries-increase-infection-risk/Uh, yeah!

Some believe this repetitive movement could increase a patient’s risk of developing an infection, and plaintiffs in the Bair Hugger litigation believe they are particularly at risk.

The study found, on average, the operating room door is opened 71 …

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CDC Says Heater-Cooler Device Has Infection Risk

https://baddrug.news/news/cdc-says-heater-cooler-device-infection-risk/Bair Hugger lawsuits claim the device is particularly dangerous during total hip and knee replacement surgeries.

When bacteria infects soft tissues, the body’s immune system can usually fight off the infection, but when bacteria infects the artificial …

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Bair Hugger Litigation Chooses Bellwether Process

Bair Hugger Litigation Chooses Bellwether Process

Called the Bair Hugger Warming Blanket, the device is designed to regulate body temperature during surgery, which can decrease bleeding risks and reduce recovery time.

The device is a blanket with holes draped over the body and an air pump forces air …

Woman Claims Bair Hugger Caused Burn Injuries

https://baddrug.news/news/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% of …

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Bair Hugger Lawsuit Multidistrict Litigation Judge Issues Bellwether Trial Order

What do you need to know about the Bair Hugger lawsuit?

A Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”) against 3M and Arizant Healthcare, alleging the manufacturers’ Bair Hugger surgical warming blankets were the cause of deadly post-surgical infections, has …

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November Conference Scheduled For Bair Hugger Lawsuits

https://baddrug.news/news/november-conference-scheduled-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 …

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Bair Hugger Lawsuit Court Schedules November Conference, As Cases Exceed 800 in Federal Forced Air Warmer

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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Bair Hugger Lawsuit: The Next Big MDL?

baddrug.newsBair 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.

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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

https://baddrug.news/news/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.

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November Conference Scheduled For Bair Hugger Lawsuits

https://baddrug.news/news/november-conference-scheduled-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 …

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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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