During a hip or knee replacement surgery, it is imperative that the patient be kept warm. When a patient’s body temperature drops below normal, serious risks can arise. Doctors keep patients warm by using various types of devices that help regulate body temperature. One such type of device is the Bair Hugger, which uses forced air and a blanket-like device to keep a patient warm during surgery. Unfortunately, the device has also been linked to deep joint infections because it can stir up contaminated air from the surgery room floor and deposit it near the surgical site. These infections have resulted in the need for repeated surgeries, amputation, and other complications. Patients may pursue compensation from the device’s manufacturer.
7 Types of Damages After an Infection Caused by a Bair Hugger Device
If you were injured as a result of the use of a Bair Hugger forced-air warming system during a hip, knee, or joint surgery, you may be entitled to damages for your losses and suffering. Examples of the types of damages that you may be entitled to include the following:
- Loss of income, including past and future wages.
- Permanent disability.
- Medical bills, including those relating to hospitalizations, doctor fees, surgical costs, and prescription medications.
- Rehabilitation costs.
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Emotional pain and suffering.
- Physical pain and suffering.
While you may be entitled to pursue a claim for compensation, it is important to act quickly. Time limitations apply to your ability to file a claim. We have helped many such clients obtain the compensation that they deserve. We encourage you to read our client testimonials today to learn more.