Forced air warming systems allegedly causes severe infections among hip and knee replacement patients

If you or a loved one suffered a serious infection after undergoing hip or knee surgery that used the Bair Hugger forced air circulation system, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. The experienced product liability attorneys of The Cochran Firm, D.C. are actively investigating claims that Bair Hugger forced air circulations systems cause severe infections in patients after surgery.

Studies suggest forced air circulation systems like the Bair Hugger may cause MRSA, sepsis, or other serious infections. The Bair Hugger is used in operating rooms across the country and may put patients at serious risk. Lawsuits are being filed by injured individuals alleging Bair Hugger knew for years about the potential for increased risk of patients developing post-surgical infections but did nothing to correct the problem.

What is a Bair Hugger?

The Bair Hugger is a forced air circulating system used to help anesthetized patients maintain proper body temperature post surgery. The Bair Hugger forces warm air through a blanket placed over the patient with the aim of inducing faster patient recovery and preventing infection in open wounds.

There are an estimated 50,000 Bair Hugger forced air warming units being used across the country. It is estimated 80% of hospitals utilize the Bair Hugger to treat patients post surgery.

What are the risks of forced air systems?

Lawsuits are being filed alleging that the Bair Hugger causes bacteria and other contaminants to be circulated from the operating room floor onto a patient’s open wounds. Patients undergoing surgery for hip and knee replacement may be especially susceptible.

Patients experiencing bacterial infections after undergoing joint replacement surgery may require additional procedures to treat infections. Hip, knee, and other joint replacement patients experiencing infection may need their joint replacements removed, cleaned, and reinstalled to correct the issue. Complications from additional surgeries may compound recovery time and negatively impact the quality of life.

How can a Bair Hugger injury lawsuit help me and my family?

If your post surgical infection was caused by the Bair Hugger forced air circulation system utilized at the hospital, you may be entitled to recover substantial compensation. By filing a Bair Hugger injury lawsuit, you can recover for your medical bills, hospital expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The Cochran Firm, D.C. is offering free case reviews to patients who believe their infections were caused by the Bair Hugger forced air circulation system. Our team of legal professionals can take the time to determine if you have an injury claim against 3M, the maker of the Bair Hugger. We represent our clients on a contingency basis so there are no legal fees unless we win your case. Let us help you seek justice and the compensation you deserve.

Call us at 202-682-5800 during business hours or at 1-800-THE-FIRM (843-3476) to reach us 24 hours a day. You can also reach us by filling out an online contact form. Strict time deadlines apply when filing a Bair Hugger lawsuit so please contact The Cochran Firm, D.C. today and preserve your legal rights.

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