Bair Hugger Lawsuit Filings Grow, As Federal Litigation Schedules March Status Conference, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

March 09, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business News
March 9, 2016 - 3M Bair Hugger lawsuit (http://www.rxinjuryhelp.com/forced-air-warming/bair-hugger-lawsuit/) filings continue to mount in the federal litigation now underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. According to an update issued by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on February 16th, at least 112 product liability claims have been filed in the proceeding on behalf of patients who allegedly developed post-operative hip and knee replacement infections due to the forced air warmer blanket. The Court's calendar indicates that the litigation's next Status Conference is to be convened on Thursday, March 24th, at 9:30 a.m. C.S.T. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation MDL No. 2666)

"Our Firm has received numerous inquiries from patients who allegedly suffered serious deep joint infections following implant surgery with the Bair Hugger system. We are not surprised that the number of filings now exceeds 100 cases, and expect that this litigation will continue to grow in the future," 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 offering free, no-obligation legal review to hip and knee replacement patients who allegedly developed post-operative deep joint infections due to the Bair Hugger forced air warmer system.

Bair Hugger Infection Allegations
The 3M Bair Hugger is a patient warming system marketed by the 3M Company's Arizant Healthcare, Inc. subsidiary. Since its introduction in the late 1980s, the Bair Hugger has been used by thousands of hospitals to warm millions of surgical patients. The apparatus consists of a portable heating unit that is connected to a single-use, disposable blanket via a flexible hose. During and after surgery, the device gently forces warm air through the blanket, thus protecting the patient from hypothermia.

Plaintiffs who have filed Bair Hugger lawsuits in the District of Minnesota allege that the forced air warmer system suffers from a design defect that allows contaminated air from the operating room floor to come into contact with the sterile surgical field, greatly increasing the risk that a hip or knee implant patient will develop a debilitating post-operative joint infection. Plaintiffs further allege that 3M and Arizant were aware of this risk for years, yet failed to make design changes or provide warnings to the medical community about the risks associated with forced air warming.

Patients who developed serious deep joint infections 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 obtain a free, no-obligation legal review of your potential case, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's website, or call the Firm directly at 800-511-5092.

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $3.5 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm was named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs' Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list for a dozen consecutive years.

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