Bair Hugger Lawsuit News: Federal Forced Air Warming Litigation Issues First Pretrial Order, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
January 19, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsJanuary 19, 2016 - The federal multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, for 3M Bair Hugger lawsuits (http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/forced-air-warming/lawsuit/) involving the forced air warming blanket's alleged association with dangerous post-operative infections has begun to move forward. According to Pretrial Order No. 1 issued on January 13th, the Court intends to convene regular status conferences beginning on a yet-to-be determined date in February. Discovery is stayed in all cases pending the Initial Status Conference and further Order from the Court. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
"Our Firm is currently investigating a number of potential forced air warmer lawsuits on behalf of patients who allegedly developed serious post-op infections following hip or knee replacement surgery with the Bair Hugger surgical blanket. We are pleased that the federal litigation is beginning to move forward," 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.
Bair Hugger Litigation
The federal Bair Hugger litigation was established in December 2015, so as to promote judicial efficiency by allowing all federally-filed hip and knee infection lawsuit involving the forced air warming blanket to undergo coordinated pretrial proceeding. Marketed by the 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare, Inc. subsidiary, the 3M Bair Hugger has been used in millions of hip and knee replacement procedures to help patients maintain an optimal body temperature during surgery. While just 14 cases were initially transferred to the federal multidistrict litigation, court documents indicate that at least 82 Bair Hugger complaints were pending in the District of Minnesota as of January 15th. Plaintiffs who sought centralization of the docket maintained that the multidistrict litigation could eventually house hundreds of lawsuits, given the widespread use of the Bair Hugger apparatus.
All of the currently pending Bair Hugger lawsuits similarly allege that the surgical blanket 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. The complaints also charge that 3M and Arizant concealed this risk and failed to conduct adequate and sufficient post-marketing surveillance of the device.
Individuals who may have developed a serious post-operative knee or hip infection following implant surgery with this device could be eligible to file their own Bair Hugger lawsuit. To learn more about this growing litigation, 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