In October 2015, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about a potential link between the use of certain heater-cooler machines and the development of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections. These infections were later traced to heater-coolers manufactured by the German firm LivaNova PLC (formerly Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH).
Free Confidendential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed symptoms of nontuberculous mycobacteria infection after surgery with a Stockert 3T heater-cooler device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
Heater-cooler devices are commonly used during cardiac surgical procedures to warm and cool a patient’s blood during cardiopulmonary bypass. Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are slow-growing bacteria that are found in surface water, tap water, and soil, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Reports have surfaced indicating a link between heater-cooler devices and NTM infections in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, potentially through the aerosolization of bacteria from contaminated water used in the machines.
Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Symptoms
Some people with NTM infections will have no distinguishing symptoms (asymptomatic), but most have a combination of lung and other symptoms that affect the whole body.
- Cough that won’t go away
- Coughing up blood (hemoptysis)
- Shortness of breath when active
- Low-grade fever
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
If you think you may have been exposed to nontuberculous mycobacteria during a surgical procedure, you should continue to look for signs of potential infection and keep in touch with your clinicians for further evaluation, CDC warns. Due to the potentially long delay between exposure to NTM and manifestation of clinical infection (months or even years), diagnosing infections related to the use of heater-cooler devices can be challenging.
Can I File a NTM Infection Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against LivaNova PLC, the maker of the Stockert 3T heater-cooler device, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving medical devices allege that a product was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of the Stockert 3T heater-cooler, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that LivaNova PLC failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of NTM infection.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against LivaNova PLC, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your NTM infection, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the heater-cooler manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective medical device into the marketplace, and to discourage other companies from engaging in similar conduct.
Do I Have a Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in nontuberculous mycobacteria lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of nontuberculous mycobacteria infection after surgery with a Stockert 3T heater-cooler device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.