Surgical Heater-Cooler Device Injury Attorney
Injured by a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Device? We Can Help!
Patients who have recently undergone heart surgery with the use of a Stockert
3T heater-cooler device may be at risk for developing a dangerous bacterial
infection. During cardiothoracic surgeries, doctors often use heater-cooler
devices as a form of temperature control. Unfortunately, there is evidence
of contaminated water in parts of the device that may transmit bacteria
to the nearby environment and the patient. As a result of this contamination,
some patients have reported the development of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM).
At The Haynes Firm, we are determined to help you seek justice. We know
how overwhelming the legal process can seem in the wake of a serious health
scare, which is why we will take care of the paperwork while you focus
on healing. With more than 70 years of combined legal experience on our
side, we are confident in our ability to help you secure the compensation
Call us at (423) 451-4999 to ask us about our free case consultations!
What Are the Risks?
The FDA reported 32 reports of patient infections due to contaminated heather-cooler
devices between 2010 and 2015, many of which were bacterial. Most NTM
infections are slow-growing, taking up to a year to develop, but some
may progress rapidly. While these infections are reportedly rare, they
can be very dangerous.
Symptoms of infection include:
- Unusual fatigue
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain at the surgical site
- Inflammation at the surgical site
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Abdominal pain
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
If you experience any of these symptoms after receiving a surgery that
involved a heater-cooler device, contact your doctor immediately. While
NTM infections are usually treatable with antibiotics, some severe cases
may require months or years of prolonged treatment before the infection
abates. Additionally, patients who underwent heart valve surgeries may
require correctional surgeries.
Let The Haynes Firm Represent You
Patients who are unaware of their infection and do not seek treatment are
in serious danger of complicated reactions, some of which could be fatal.
It is crucial that you contact an attorney familiar with this type of
claim to discuss your legal rights.
Our attorneys at The Haynes Firm understand how frightening it can feel
to suffer complications from a surgery caused by a contaminated product.
We are passionate about advocating on behalf of the injured, and we will
do everything in our power to see that your rights are heard. We will
fight to see that you receive maximum compensation, which may include
medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact The Haynes Firm to discuss your situation and see if you have a personal injury claim.