A New York couple has filed a lawsuit against 3M and Arizant Healthcare alleging that the husband contracted a deep joint infection after a Bair Hugger warming blanket was used during his surgery.
This brings the total number of pending lawsuits over Bair Hugger warming blankets to 457, making these cases one of the fastest growing multi-district litigations in the country.
Similar to other complaints filed against the companies, the New York couple claims that the use of the Bair Hugger warming blankets during the procedure introduced contaminants inside the man’s body, causing an infection. The Bair Hugger is a single-use, forced-air blanket used to keep patients warm before surgery. While the blanket itself is disposable, it connects to a separate warming unit that can circulate airborne pathogens, putting joint-surgery patients at risk of infection.
Because of this infection, the man was forced to undergo multiple surgeries and antibiotic therapy. The man suffered bodily pain, as well as hefty monetary losses associated with the surgical procedures and medication required to treat his infection. The lawsuit also claims that his spouse suffered from a loss of services and consortium.
The couple alleges that 3M and Arizant Healthcare were responsible for designing and manufacturing the defective warming device and were grossly negligent in their failure to warn consumers of the risks associated with the device.
The plaintiffs also say the companies are in breach of implied warranty, and have violated the Consumer Fraud and/or Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Law of New York.
If you sustained a joint infection following a surgical procedure in which a Bair Hugger warming blanket was used, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.