3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Contend Hundreds Of Patients Were Exposed To Life-Threatening Bacteria From Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices.
A South Carolina man has brought a 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit that seeks class-action certification on behalf of all South Carolina patients who were exposed to a dangerous bacteria through a Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System. A growing number of cardiac surgery infection lawsuits are being filed nationwide that claim patients undergoing open-chest surgeries that involve a 3T Heater-Cooler device to regulate blood temperature, have been exposed to potentially fatal infections stemming from a rare bacteria called nontuberculous mycobacterium (NTM).
The attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC, which represent numerous clients in lawsuits involving defective medical devices, have been investigating complaints from patients who believe they have developed life-threatening NTM infections, such as M. chimaera bacteria (M. chimaera) or Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscesses).
“The concerns of the men and women we speak to are very similar to those in the proposed class-action lawsuit of patients being exposed to possible infections because of contaminated 3T Heater-Cooler units,” says Wright & Schulte LLC.
The firm is currently offering free 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit evaluations to those who believe they or their loved ones may have developed a potentially fatal NTM infection, including M. chimaera bacteria (M. chimaera) or Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus). To learn more, please contact Wright & Schulte today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through our information page and contact form on yourlegalhelp.com.
In the proposed class-action complaint, the plaintiff said he underwent open heart surgery at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in March 2014 and a Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler unit was used during the procedure. The plaintiff, along with other patients, was notified two years later of exposure to the potentially fatal NTM bacteria. Also in 2014, the complaint said another South Carolina Hospital, Greenville Health, announced that 15 patients tested positive for an NTM infection known as Mycobacterium abscessus (M. abscessus), and four patients died from the infection. In addition to class-action certification, the complaint seeks a declaration that the Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler System is defective and unsafe for its intended use. The heater-cooler lawsuit, which names the devices makers, LivaNova PLC, Sorin Group Deutschland GMBH and Sorin Group USA Inc. as defendants, was filed in the U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina (Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit Case No. 3:17-cv-00218)
The Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler units are used during surgeries involving the heart, lung, and chest to keep patients’ blood and organs at a specific temperature. Patients do not come into direct contact with the temperature-controlled water in the tanks. However, contaminated water can enter parts of the device or transmit airborne bacteria through the device’s exhaust vent into the environment and to the patient, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can take months for symptoms of an NTM infection to develop. However patients should seek immediate medical attention if they experience:
• Muscle aches
• Night sweats
• Unexplained fever
• Unexplained weight loss
• Redness, heat, or pus around a surgical incision
With court records showing a steady filing of Sorin 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuits across the country, a group of plaintiffs has asked a federal judicial panel to consolidate all cardiac surgery infection lawsuits involving the heater-cooler device. In their petition to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the plaintiffs alleged that they were exposed to NTM infections, including M. abscessus and M. chimaera, and became seriously ill due to LivaNova’s defectively designed heater-cooler units.
About Wright & Schulte LLC And Filing A 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit
Wright & Schulte LLC is an experienced personal injury firm representing clients in such cases as 3T heater-cooler lawsuits. The firm is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people across the country who have been injured by medical devices and defective products. To learn more, please contact the 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit Attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC today by calling 1-800-399-0795 or through yourlegalhelp.com.
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