Can I Sue If My Knee Replacement Gets Infected?
The attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, can file a lawsuit to collect compensation on your behalf if we can link your infection to a defective medical device, dangerous implant, or medical malpractice.
There are lawsuits pending against a number of knee replacement systems, as well as other devices used during these procedures that might increase infection risk. If your surgeon used one of these defective devices, we may be able to help you pursue compensation for your related medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Call us today at 713-850-8600 for a free case evaluation with a personal injury attorney.
What Are the Risks of Infection After Knee Replacement Surgery?
According to data from Consumer Reports, about 14,000 people suffer infections following a knee replacement procedure each year. While this makes them rare, an infection can be difficult to treat. In some cases, doctors may need to reopen the incision, or even remove the infected implant in a two-step operation that requires months of downtime for the patient. This means you may suffer more pain and have less mobility than you did before your initial knee replacement procedure.
Additionally, patients who require a revision surgery have a higher risk of infection than those who undergo only one procedure. This means that if you received a defective implant that loosened and required revision surgery, you are an increased risk of developing infection.
What If I Have the Bair Hugger Device?
The Bair Hugger device, from 3M, is commonly used to help patients regulate their body temperature during knee replacement procedures. These forced air warming blankets came under intense scrutiny after a 2013 study published in the Bone & Joint Journal found airborne contaminants increased by as much as 1,000 times with one of these systems over more traditional techniques to keep patients warm.
There are currently several thousand lawsuits against 3M, consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Kansas City. These lawsuits allege the design of the Bair Hugger system is defective and causes preventable infections following knee and hip replacement procedures.
The design of these forced-air warming systems disturbs bacteria and contaminants on the floor and other areas of the operating room by blowing the warmed air under the table. This contaminated air then rises, and the device sucks it in, heats it, and uses it to warm the patient. This forces bacteria directly onto open surgical sites and recently closed wounds.
How Can I Learn More About My Legal Options?
If you suffered a severe infection following a knee replacement procedure, the attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, can help. We will review your case and determine if the infection occurred naturally or if medical malpractice, a poorly designed warming device, or a dangerous implant might be at fault.
You can reach a member of our legal team today at 713-850-8600 to schedule your complimentary consultation and case evaluation.