Bair Hugger Lawsuits

  • Have you had a knee or hip replacement surgery?
  • Did you develop a deep joint infection?
  • You could be entitled to compensation.
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Whenever a patient undergoes anesthesia the patient is unable to regulate his/her body temperature. In order to combat this problem, patients undergoing anesthesia are often warmed by various types of devices, including forced-air warming devices, in order to keep core body temperature elevated.

Bair Hugger
Bair Hugger
80%

of hospitals in the U.S. use Bair Hugger devices.

What is the Bair Hugger? 

The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming device, manufactured by 3M. The device itself is made up of two parts: (1) a warming unit and (2) a disposable blanket. First, the disposable blanket is draped to ?hug? the portion of the patient?s body which is not undergoing operation. The warming unit is then connected by a flexible hose to the blanket. As the warming unit generates heated air, the air is forced through the flexible hose and into the blanket. Once the warmed air reaches the blanket it is then forced out over the patient?s body through a series of small holes on the underside of the blanket. Once the warmed air flows over the patient?s body it then circulates down to the surgical floor. When the warmed air is circulated to the floor it can cause germs and bacteria to be disrupted and recirculated from the floor into the sterile surgical field. Once the bacteria and germs reach the surgical site they can then attach to the patient?s knee or hip implant, resulting in a serious deep joint infection. Deep joint infections are difficult to treat and often result in the need for additional surgeries. 

Is the Bair Hugger Dangerous?

The inventor of the Bair Hugger, Dr. Scott Augustine, believes that forced-air warming devices should not be used in certain operations, such as knee and hip replacement surgeries, because it poses a danger to patients. According to Dr. Augustine, the forced warm air produced by these devices can cause the spread of bacteria into the surgical site. Recent studies, evaluating this theory, have also shown that the forced-air warming devices may be associated with the disruption of air flow over surgical sites.

Did 3M Know of the Dangers? 

Recent lawsuits allege that 3M was well aware of the dangers and risks for deep joint infections posed by the use of their forced-air warming device, the Bair Hugger, during knee and hip replacement surgeries. Despite this knowledge, 3M failed to take any corrective measures, failed to redesign the device to make it safer, took actions to conceal its knowledge of such risks, and failed to warn the medical community and consumers about the increased risk of infection.

Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the makers of forced-air warming devices for serious deep joint infections. In fact, one lawsuit alleges that a Texas man underwent 15 surgeries in order to treat a deep joint infection which occurred after he underwent knee replacement surgery with a forced-air warming device. Additionally, a patient in Kansas claims that use of a forced-air warming device caused her to develop a serious MRSA infection which led to the amputation of her leg. These cases are just an illustration of some of the horrific injuries and pain and suffering that people throughout the country have experienced as a result of forced-air warming device related infections. 

3M failed to take any corrective measures, took actions to conceal its knowledge of such risks, and failed to warn the medical community and consumers about the increased risk of infection.

Should I File a Lawsuit?

If your case meets the criteria necessary for filing a forced-air warming device lawsuit you may be able to seek compensations for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and disability among other damages. Therefore, if you or someone you know has suffered from a deep joint infection and has undergone one or more of the following treatments and/or adverse conditions: 

? Irrigation and Debridement Surgeries to Treat Infection
? Placement of Antibiotic Spacers/Pearls in the Hip or Knee to Treat Infection 
? Implant Revision Surgeries due to Infection
? Sepsis
? Additional Surgeries to Treat Infection
? Long-Term Antibiotic Treatment
? Amputation of Infected Limb

You should contact the law offices of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin, LLP immediately. Our attorneys are standing by to help patients determine whether or not their serious deep joint infection is related to the use of the forced-air warming device. It is our honor and privilege to serve you in your quest for justice, and we will never charge you fees or costs unless we secure a financial recovery for you. Consultations are confidential and free. 

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Christopher L. Coffin

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As a partner and the leader of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin?s pharmaceutical and medical devices litigation practices, Chris Coffin has prosecuted cases against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers for over 14 years and has been licensed as a registered nurse for 20 years.

Chris Coffin has years of experience and background in litigating complex cases involving defective pharmaceuticals and medical devices, environmental contamination, product liability, toxic torts and consumer fraud claims. Mr. Coffin has been heavily involved in multiple class action and mass tort cases throughout the United States and has served as a leader in many national lawsuits representing thousands of individuals.

As a partner and the leader of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin?s pharmaceutical and medical device litigation practice, Mr. Coffin has prosecuted cases against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers for over nine years and has been licensed as a registered nurse for approximately fifteen years.  The combination of his background in nursing and law provides him with a unique perspective when litigating pharmaceutical and medical device cases.  The knowledge and experience that he possesses in the area of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation has helped the firm to successfully litigate thousands of cases addressing drug and device manufacturing defects, design defects, inadequate warnings and fraudulent misrepresentations made by manufacturers.  The firm has litigated cases against some of the largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies in the world and has led national pharmaceutical cases involving clients from almost every state in the country.

 

Education & Professional Background

  • University of Maryland (J.D. / Certificate in Health Care Law, 1999)
  • University of Cincinnati (B.S.N., 1995)
  • Registered Nurse (Louisiana)
  • Judicial Law Clerk, United States Department of Justice Honors Program ? Drug Enforcement Administration (1999-2000)
  • FAA Private Pilot Certificate (Airplane, Single Engine, Land)

Admissions

  • State Bar of Louisiana, 2002
  • State Bar of Georgia, 1999
  • U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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  • American Association for Justice
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • American Association of Nurse Attorneys

Publications, Presentations & Interviews

  • Taxotere Litigation - Permanent Hair Loss, Mass Torts Made Perfect, October 20, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Talcum Powder, ELIQUIS, PPI, Essure, Taxotere & Roundup Litigation, HarrisMartin's MDL Conference, September 28, 2016, Washington, D.C.
  • Taxotere: A Story About Greed and Deception, Consumer Attorney Marketing Group, Expert hosted Webinar, June 29, 2016
  • Emerging Mass Tort - Taxotere, Mass Torts Made Perfect, April 20, 2016, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Navigating Mass Torts, Class Actions, and Consumer Litigation: Avoiding Self-Inflicted Wounds; Louisiana State Bar Association Mid Year Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 14, 2016
  • Benicar Litigation, Mass Torts Made Perfect, October 14 ? 16, 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Blanket Orthopedic Implant Infection Litigation, Mass Torts Made Perfect, October 14 ? 16, 2015, Las Vegas, NV
  • Benicar Litigation, American Association for Justice, Plaintiff-Only Hot Topics and Trends in Litigation Seminar, December 2 ? 3, 2014, Charleston, SC
  • Current Status of the Litigation (Lipitor), American Association for Justice, Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation, January 28 ? 29, 2014, New Orleans, LA
  • SSRI?s and Effexor Litigation, Mass Torts Made Perfect, October 9 ? 11, 2013, Las Vegas, NV
  • Third Party Discovery, American Association for Justice, Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation, September 24 & 25, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention, July 20-23, San Francisco, CA
  • SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defect Cases Litigation Group, Update on Status of the Litigation, July 23, 2013
  • SSRI Antidepressant Birth Defect Litigation Group, Screening of SSRI Birth Defect Cases, July 23, 2013
  • SSRI?s: Effexor and Zoloft, Plaintiff-Only Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Litigation Update Seminar, March 19-20, 2013, San Diego, CA
  • Panel on SSRI Birth Defects, American Association for Justice 2013 Winter Convention, February 9-13, 2013, Miami, FL
  • Effexor Birth Defect Litigation, Zoloft and Birth Defects Litigation Conference, HB Litigation Conferences, July 11, 2012, Philadelphia, PA
  • Zoloft and SSRIs: The History of the Litigation and Latest Developments, Harris Martin?s MDL Conference: Hot Topics in the MDL and Class Action Litigation, March 28, 2012, San Diego, CA
  • SSRI/Birth Defect Case Evaluation and Procedural Issues, Mass Torts Made Perfect Presents: Yaz Litigation and Emerging Torts: SSRIs, Transvaginal Mesh, and Actos, September 13, 2011, Philadelphia, PA
  • Understanding The SSRI?s Involved In Causing Birth Defects, Mass Torts Made Perfect & Torts Made Perfect, Antidepressant/Anti-Seizure Medication Birth Defect Litigation And Zimmer Nexgen Litigation (A Plaintiffs Only Forum), May 24, 2011, Philadelphia, PA
  • Birth Defect Litigation: Giving Birth To A New Mass Tort Causing Big Injuries To The Littlest Victims, Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 14, 2011
  • Client Injuries Pre and Post Implant Revision ? Analysis of the Medical Records, HB Litigation?s Orthopedic Litigation Conference, West Palm Beach, Florida, January 19, 2011
  • The Science ? Studies and Evidence of Adverse Effects of the Heart, Harris Martin?s Darvon and Darvocet Recall Litigation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, January 14, 2011
  • Chris Coffin Discusses BP?s Oil Spill Litigation With Bloomberg Law?s Lee Pacchia, May 10, 2010
  • MDL Status of Oil Spill Cases, Harris Martin?s Oil Spill Litigation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 23, 2010
  • Chris Coffin Discusses New Developments In Multi-District Litigation Resulting From BP?S Oil Spill In The Gulf Of Mexico With Bloomberg Law?s Lee Pacchia, August 18, 2010
  • Class Action Considerations in the Chinese Drywall Litigation ? A Survey of Case Law, CHINESE DRYWALL LITIGATION REPORT, May, 2010
  • Choose Your Weapon: Class Action v. Mass Tort, Drugs & Supplements, December, 2003
  • Case Law and Clinical Considerations Involving Physical Restraint and Seclusion for Institutionalized Persons with Mental Disabilities (23 MPDLR 597 (1999))
  • Maryland Psychiatric Society, Inc. v. Wasserman: The Fourth Circuit Limits Psychiatrists Full Recovery for Services Rendered to Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (57 Md. L. Rev. 1233 (1998))

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