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Bair Hugger


Securing compensation for people harmed by Bair Hugger devices

Maine Bair Hugger Lawyers

The 3M Bair Hugger system was invented in the 1980s to keep hospital patients warm before, during, and after surgery involving anesthesia. Acting as a forced-air warming blanket system, the Bair Hugger became a common fixture at hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. and has been used millions of times.

Unfortunately, the Bair Hugger system has a dangerous design flaw, increasing the risk to patients of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), sepsis, and other hospital-acquired infections after certain surgeries.

Researchers discovered that the heat generated by the Bair Hugger devices can inadvertently cause bacteria and other contaminants on hospital floors to become airborne by re-directing airflow. For patients undergoing knee, hip, or heart valve replacement surgery, these airborne contaminants can spread to surgery sites, causing serious infections and leading to further surgeries and disability. In fact, in a 2010 New York Times article, the inventor of the Bair Hugger system, Dr. Scott Augustine, claims it should no longer be used because of safety risks.

Working in collaboration with other national law firms, Berman & Simmons is handling claims involving patients who developed serious infections after surgeries in which Bair Hugger and other forced-air heating systems were used. There are strict statutes of limitations in medical device lawsuits, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have a potential Maine Bair Hugger Lawsuit.

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How to find out if you have a Maine Bair Hugger lawsuit

Dozens of Bair Hugger lawsuits have been filed nationwide against 3M and its a subsidiary company, Arizant Healthcare, which sells more than 20 models in the Bair Hugger product line.

The first lawsuit against 3M was filed by a 70-year-old Texas man who developed a deep joint infection after undergoing hip replacement surgery. The man had several additional surgeries, including one to remove his artificial hip, due to the infection allegedly caused by the Bair Hugger. That case and many others remain ongoing.

Overall, the lawsuits allege that 3M and Arizant Healthcare were aware of the risks of hospital-acquired infection, particularly for joint surgery and heart valve replacement patients, but did not warn patients or the medical community. Some claims also allege the companies tried to conceal scientific research that found problems with forced-air warming systems.

The first step in determining whether or not you have a valid claim is a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We will conduct a thorough review of your medical records and answer any questions you might have.

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Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.

Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.

Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.

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What compensation can I receive if I was harmed by a Bair Hugger device?

Under state and federal law, victims of defective products have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of loss, including:

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    Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future

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    Interference with your enjoyment of life

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    Medical expenses, past, and future

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    Time lost from work

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    Loss of future earnings

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    Wrongful death damages (for the estate)