Bair Hugger Lawsuit Court Convenes Status Conference, Issues Three New Pretrial Orders, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports
May 02, 2016 (PRLEAP.COM) Business NewsMay 2, 2016 - Hundreds of hip and knee replacement infection lawsuits involving the 3M Bair Hugger forced air warming blanket continue to move forward in the centralized litigation now underway in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. According to court documents, the Court convened its most recent Status Conference on April 29th, after which it issued three new Pretrial Orders, including a Protective Order that sets forth procedures for handling confidential information disclosed in the course of discovery. The two additional Pretrial Orders allow direct filing of Bair Hugger lawsuits in the District of Minnesota, and the service of process via e-mail for Plaintiffs' Summons and Complaints. (In Re: Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2666)
"All three of these orders will facilitate the efficient progress of this litigation. We are currently investigating a number of forced air warmer lawsuits involving the Bair Hugger, and are pleased to see that the federal litigation is moving 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 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 Litigation
The 3M Bair Hugger is used during surgical procedures to regulate a patient's body temperature. Court documents indicate that at least 217 Bair Hugger lawsuits are now pending in the District of Minnesota, all of which were filed on behalf of hip and knee replacement patients who allegedly developed serious post-operative deep joint infections due to the use of the forced air warming blanket during their surgery.
Plaintiffs contend that the Bair Hugger suffers from a design defect that allows contaminated air from the operating room floor to come into contact with the surgical site, greatly increasing the risk that hip and knee replacement patients will develop dangerous and debilitating infections at the site of their implant. They further claim that the 3M Company and its Arizant Healthcare, Inc. subsidiary have been aware of this problem for years, but concealed the issue from regulators, patients and the medical community. Rather than alter the design of the Bair Hugger to correct this alleged defect, the lawsuits charge that the companies continue to aggressively and misleadingly market the forced air warming system as safe for use in orthopedic surgery.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP provides free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who allegedly suffered serious deep joint infections due to the 3M Bair Hugger forced air warmer blanket. To learn more about filing a Bair Hugger lawsuit, please visit the Firm's website, or contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP directly by calling 800-511-5092.
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