In Texas, Can I Sue If My Hip Replacement Gets Infected?
If your hip replacement gets infected due to a defective implant, dangerous medical device used during the procedure, or medical malpractice, the attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, may be able to file a lawsuit and collect compensation on your behalf. Thousands of victims of defective implants and other devices used in these procedures have already successfully won cases against the device manufacturers. In particular, manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacement systems and forced air warming devices face legal action because of complications following hip implant procedures.
If we can link your infection to one of these implants or devices, we may be able to file for compensation to help you pay your medical bills, recover from revision surgery, cover lost wages, and reimburse you for the pain and suffering you experienced. Call 713-850-8600 today to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your claim.
How Serious Are Infections Following Hip Replacement Procedures?
Infection is a surprisingly rare complication of hip replacement procedures. However, the risk of infection may increase if revision surgery is necessary because of a failed implant or another issue stemming from a defective device. If you developed an infection after revision surgery, we can ask for additional compensation for the symptoms and treatment of the infection when we file a claim against the implant manufacturer.
Sometimes, serious infections also cause patients to require revision surgery. If the infection occurs within a few weeks of the initial procedure, the surgeon may be able to reopen the wound to clean the implant and apply antibiotics. If the infection occurs more than three or four weeks after surgery, they may need to not only open the wound but replace the implant in order to ensure they cure the infection.
What Is the Bair Hugger Device?
The Bair Hugger is a forced-air warming blanket used to help patients regulate their body temperature during a hip replacement procedure. This popular device from 3M is at the center of multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving thousands of patients who suffered from infections following a knee or hip replacement.
Research published in the Bone & Joint Journal brought the dangers of these forced air warming blankets to the attention of doctors and patients alike, and confirmed the link between this device and an increased risk of infection. In fact, the study found up to 1,000 times the number of airborne contaminants with these devices than more traditional warming blankets and techniques.
The initial bellwether trials of the Bair Hugger MDL should begin soon. Our attorneys can help you explore your options of joining in on this legal action. If your surgeon used this type of forced-air warmer, contact us today.
How Can I Contact an Attorney About My Hip Replacement Infection Case?
If you believe a defective implant, forced-air warming device, or medical malpractice caused your hip replacement infection, we can help you understand your legal options and pursue compensation for your damages. The mass tort lawyers at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, are standing by to take your call. You can reach us at 713-850-8600. Call today for a free consultation and case review.