Claims are being filed against LivaNova PLC, the manufacturer of the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Systems, because the device has been found to transmit bacteria that causes infections, such as Mycobacterium chimaera. If you or a loved one has suffered from bacteria transmitted from the 3T, you may be entitled to receive damages for past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, and pain and suffering.
In August 2014, the manufacturers of the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Systems found Mycobacterium chimaera contamination on the production line and water supply of the manufacturing facility. Some of these devices were distributed in the United States, and the FDA has issued a warning to healthcare professionals about the risk associated with the 3T system. The 3T is used during surgeries to help maintain the patient’s body temperature by using water tanks that transfer temperature controlled water to warming/cooling blankets or external heat exchangers. Although the patient is never in direct contact with the water, the contaminated water can be released through the device’s exhaust vent and transmit the bacteria to the patient.
If you have undergone cardiothoractic surgery and experienced symptoms of Mycobacterium chimaera infection, call The Buckley Law Group. Unfortunately, it can be up to several years before an infection occurs, so it’s important to consult your doctor. Common symptoms include:
- Redness, heat, or pus at the surgical site
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Night sweats
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
If you or a loved one has undergone open-heart surgery and diagnosed with Mycobacterium chimaera infection, contact The Buckley Law Group today. Our firm provides years of experience with patients who have suffered from medical devices, and we are dedicated to ensuring your rights are protected. Call today and one of our attorneys will discuss your different legal options.