In 2011 nearly 500,000 Americans underwent hip replacements. That number is expected to continually grow as Baby Boomers age and more people under age 65 need implants to maintain their active lifestyle and mobility. Similarly, it was estimated that as of 2013, nearly 4.0 Million Americans have had a total knee replacement. Hip and Knee Joint replacements are done surgically by placing an implant to substitute as the hip or knee that needed replacement.
Patients who have a knee or hip replacement surgery endure a long recovery. Infections can delay the patient’s recovery, cause further harm or complications. Infections like MRSA, sepsis or deep joint infections, can be caused by bacteria entering the patient’s body during the surgery. Deep joint infections can jeopardize the surgery and result in life altering injuries.
Depending on the severity of the infection, a patient might need antibiotics, be hospitalized again, require further surgeries or the removal of the implant. Extreme cases may lead to amputation of a limb. The infections can materialize within 6-12 months following surgery. These infections can originate in proximity to, or become associated with, the replacement joint.
If you or a loved one have had knee or hip replacement surgery and have shown symptoms of infection within 6-12 month after surgery, it is critical to seek medical attention and get treatment in order to aggressively treat the infection.
Depending on the origin, or cause of the infection, you might be entitled to financial compensation through a lawsuit and having lawyers assert your legal claim. Free legal evaluations with no-obligation are now being offered to determine if patients who developed infections after having had a knee or hip replacement surgery, are eligible to proceed with a lawsuit. A growing number of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturer of the Bair Hugger® – Arizant, Inc. – because it could have caused, or contributed to causing, the infection and resulting complications. Arizant, Inc., was acquired by 3M in 2010 and claims that it “created the category of forced-air warming, which is the preferred method of warming surgical patients in the U.S.” It is believed that since at least December 2010, the manufacturer knew, or should have known, of the risks and dangers associated with their products but failed to warn the doctors about them. In fact, the original pioneer and inventor of the Bair Hugger® forced air warming blanket system is believed to have directly warned the manufacturer of these risks prior to December 2010.
Our office has initiated an investigation of joint infections following surgery. It is believed that, such infections were facilitated by use of a “forced air warming” blanket system intended to keep patients warm during surgery. The largest and most popular system is known as the Bair Hugger®. Fairly recent studies indicate that use of the Bair Hugger® forced air warming blankets may be linked to an increase rate of deep joint infections at the site of surgery involving the knee, hip or even heart valves.
Free legal evaluations with no-obligation are now being offered to determine if patients who developed infections after having had a knee or hip replacement surgery, are eligible to proceed with a lawsuit. If you or a loved one have experienced complications due to infections, please contact us, to learn how we can help you get compensation. Time limits may apply and vary depending upon the facts of each potential case – act now.