If you or a loved one underwent open-heart surgery that called for the use of a Stockert 3T and subsequently suffered injuries related to bacterial exposure, you may be entitled to compensation through a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Device lawsuit.
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The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System is a medical device that regulates your body temperature during cardiac surgeries.
Essential for life-saving surgeries, the device keeps circulating blood and organs at a constant temperature by heating and cooling the body during open-heart surgery.
In simple terms, the heater-cooler units keep your body at a constant temperature by providing temperature-controlled water to heat exchangers through closed circuits thus warming your body.
The water never comes in contact with your body, but the three water tanks are potentially creating mycobacterium chimaera, a potentially deadly, but slow-growing, bacterium to those with open wounds and low immune systems.
Vapors exiting the device’s exhaust vent are polluting the air with bacterium could then enter the open wound during surgery.
If you underwent open-heart surgery that called for the use of a 3T Heater-Cooler and you subsequently developed injuries related to Non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM), you may qualify for a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Device lawsuit.
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The source of the contamination can occur in 2 places:
The two potential contamination issues increase the risk of infection in patients.
The bacterium, commonly found in soil or water, is typically not harmful, but is slow-growing and can cause infections in those undergoing surgery or suffering from a suppressed immune system.
Becoming available to the market in 2006, the device has been used in over 250,000 heart bypass surgeries throughout the United States.
The FDA has said that similar devices may also have the same design flaw as the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler system that causes bacterium infections.
The flaw relates to contamination during the manufacturing period.
Since 2010, about 79 cases of infection, including 12 deaths, caused by the use of the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System have been reported to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
As a result, Stockert 3T heater-cooler device lawsuits are being filed across the country on behalf of those who have suffered injuries resulting from contamination.
Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler device injuries that qualify for the lawsuit include:
NTM infections caused by the mycobacterium chimaera bacterium can be deadly to those recovering from surgery situations where the immune system is not as strong.
The bacterium enters the air through the contaminated medical device and enters the open wound.
Detection of the infection often doesn’t occur until months or even years after the surgery, and as a result, can be difficult to discover.
If you believe you may be suffering from adverse side effects due to a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System used during your open-heart surgery, please contact a medical professional right away.
The first step to filing a heater-cooler lawsuit is mitigation - this means seeking proper medical treatment for your injuries right away, following your doctor's orders, and minimizing the costs associated with your injury.
Next, you should familiarize yourself with the civil litigation process so you know what to expect of your Stockert 3T lawsuit.
Then, you should contact a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler injury lawyer to act as your representative.
Your state statute of limitations bars the amount of time you have to take legal action after your injury, so do not hesitate to initiate this process.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you is one of the most important steps in the process of your Stockert 3T lawsuit.
Find an attorney that is experienced, has the resources to litigate your case and is dedicated to making sure you get the best outcome possible from your lawsuit.
Your lawyer will build an argument to support this claim, with the hopes of gaining compensation for your losses.
Your Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler injury lawyer will navigate the complexities of the legal system and act on your behalf while you focus on the most important aspect of the whole process, getting better.
If you believe you contracted an NTM infection during open-heart surgery, please contact a knowledgeable attorney from our firm.
At TorHoerman Law firm, we have a dedicated team of Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Device lawyers who will be here to help you every step of the way.
Our firm is a nationwide products liability firm that wants to help those suffering from a personal injury due to dangerous medical devices.
Our firm works on a contingency basis meaning you do not pay us until the case has been won.
If we lose, no money will come out of your pocket.
This ensures we work as hard as we possibly can for each of our clients.
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“Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices.” Healthcare-Associated Infections, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/heater-cooler.html.
“FDA’s Ongoing Investigation of Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices.” U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 28 Mar. 2017, www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/CardiovascularDevices/Heater-CoolerDevices/ucm492590.htm.
Terhune, Chad, and Christina Jewett. “Deadly Infections Linked to Heart Surgery Device Highlight Holes in FDA Oversight.” Kaiser Health News, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 30 Nov. 2016, www.scpr.org/news/2016/11/30/66678/deadly-infections-linked-to-heart-surgery-device-h/.
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