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Victims who’ve developed severe infections from the 3M Bair Hugger® warming system used during joint replacement surgeries are urged to get a free, private case evaluation for justice and compensation.

Victims who’ve developed severe infections from the 3M Bair Hugger® warming system used during joint replacement surgeries are urged to get a free, private case evaluation for justice and compensation.

The 3M Bair Hugger® forced-air warming system, used to maintain patient temperature during procedures, caused a variety of serious medical emergencies including:

  • Infections in the affected joints
  • Infections that required additional surgeries
  • Infections that led to amputations
  • Infections that led to deaths

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How the 3M Bair Hugger® warming system led to serious complications and conditions

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The lawsuits claim the infections caused by the 3M Bair Hugger® warming system led to amputations and deaths.

Most of the lawsuits focus on the most serious 3M Bair Hugger® warming system complications.

The various lawsuits lay out how victims developed serious infections after surgeries involving the use of these devices.

Some victims lost limbs to infection, and many families had a loved one die.

Many of the victims bringing a lawsuit had knee and/or hip replacement surgeries resulting in deep-joint infections that were difficult and expensive to treat.

Victims of the most serious 3M Bair Hugger® warming system complications say they developed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)--which is an antibiotic-resistant infection that can lead to skin infection, sepsis, pneumonia and bloodstream infections.

Models named in the 3M Bair Hugger® warming system lawsuits included:

  • Model 500
  • Model 505
  • Model 750
  • Model 775

Cases filed against the 3M Bair Hugger® warming system are on the rise

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Since 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has logged hundreds of adverse consumer event reports–including reports about multiple patient deaths–relating to 3M Bair Hugger® warming systems.

The FDA said it was aware of infection concerns with the blankets posed by victims in August 2017, but the agency recommended that health care providers continue using them as directed.

The FDA sent a letter to health care providers highlighting the benefits of patient warming devices during surgery–including less blood loss, faster recovery and decreased infection risk.

The letter said the FDA reviewed medical research and data–and the agency also pledged to “actively monitor this situation.”

Since approving the first 3M Bair Hugger® warming system in 1987, the FDA has issued 14 or more additional clearances for changes or newer, improved versions of the devices.

1987   FDA approved 3M Bair Hugger® as a surgical warming device

2013  Patient Tommy Walton filed the first 3M Bair Hugger® lawsuit for $1 million.

2013 – 2015  More than a dozen additional patients filed lawsuits in federal courts

2015  A federal panel combined the first 14 3M Bair Hugger® lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation

2017  The MDL judge selected five cases for Bellwether Trials

2018  Manufacturer 3M won the first bellwether trial in Minneapolis

2019  5,659 Bair Hugger lawsuits had been filed and 5,036 remained pending.

We believe that victims of the 3M Bair Hugger® warming system and the families that suffered with them should be able to seek the compensation and justice they deserve starting with a free, private case evaluation. 

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