An Illinois couple has filed a products liability lawsuit against the 3M company and Arizant Healthcare Inc. over injuries allegedly caused by the Bair Hugger forced-air warming blanket.
What’s the Problem?
May 9, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Jill Schlueter underwent knee replacement surgery with a Bair Hugger blanket on February 19, 2013. Schlueter subsequently developed a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection which she claims was caused by the Bair Hugger blowing airborne contaminants onto her open wound.
As a result, Schlueter was required to undergo a 2-stage revision surgery, additional hospitalizations, skin grafts, blood transfusions and extended home healthcare, according to the complaint.
The lawsuit was filed by Jill Schlueter and her husband Robert on April 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois under case number 16-cv-462. The counts against 3M and Arizant include negligence, negligent misrepresentation, fraud and deceit, breach of express and implied warranties, liability and loss of consortium. Plaintiffs are seeking a jury trial, compensatory and punitive damages in excess of $75,000, court costs and other relief the court may deem proper.