Bair Hugger Lawsuit Attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP Note Centralization of Federal Claims in Minnesota Federal Court
December 14, 2015 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsDecember 14, 2015 - More than a dozen federally-filed 3M Bair Hugger lawsuits (http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/forced-air-warming/lawsuit/) have been transferred to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, where a multidistrict litigation has been established for product liability claims involving the forced air warming blanket's alleged association with dangerous hip and knee replacement infections. According to a December 11th Order issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), 14 cases were initially transferred to the proceeding, but more than 50 others that put forth similar allegations could soon join the new litigation. Any new Bair Hugger cases filed in federal courts in the future will be eligible for transfer to Minnesota as well. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
"Our Firm has heard from numerous Bair Hugger patients who allegedly developed painful and debilitating deep joint infections due to this device. This litigation has the potential to be large, and centralization of the federal claims will help the cases progress efficiently through the courts," 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 evaluating Bair Hugger lawsuits on behalf of individuals who developed post-operative joint infections that may be related to the use of this forced air warming system.
3M Bair Hugger Litigation
The 3M Bair Hugger is a forced air warming blanket used during surgical procedures to regulate a patient's body temperature. Plaintiffs who have filed hip and knee replacement lawsuits involving the Bair Hugger claim that the apparatus suffers from a design defect that may cause the surgical site to come into contact with bacteria and other contaminants from the operating room floor. Plaintiffs further claim that the 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare, Inc. subsidiary have been aware of this risk for years, yet failed to make design changes or issue any warnings to the medical community.
Multidistrict litigations such as the one created for the federal Bair Hugger docket are intended to facilitate the efficient judicial progress of a large number of cases that put forth similar allegations of fact. Centralizing federal Bair Hugger lawsuits before one judge in a single jurisdiction will reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting pretrial rulings, and serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and the courts.
Individuals who developed a serious deep joint infection following hip or knee replacement surgery that involved the use of this forced air warming blanket may be entitled to file their own 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit. To discuss your case with an experienced medical device attorney, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.
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Sandy A. Liebhard, Esq.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP