Stockert 3T Infection Lawsuits
Hospitals around the nation are notifying heart surgery patients who may be at risk for the bacterial infection M. chimaera, a slow-moving infection that typically takes between 1.5 and 3.5 years for symptoms to be noticed.
In June 2016, the FDA issued a safety alert to patients and hospitals after it was determined that the factory that makes the Stockert 3T – the most widely used heating/cooling device during heart surgery – was contaminated with M. chimaera bacteria. There is an increased risk of patients developing bacterial infections. The device is used in about 60 percent of heart bypass surgeries.
Subsequent testing by the FDA strongly suggested that infected Stockert 3T devices shared a common source of M. chimaera contamination, an indication that the bacteria is likely to have originated in the German factory.
Symptoms of the infection include:
- redness, heat or pus at the surgical site
- muscle pain
- joint pain
- night sweats
- weight loss
- abdominal pain
The infection can lead to serious injury and even death. If you or a loved one developed a M. chimaera infection following a heart surgery that took place after June 2006, we strongly urge that you contact an attorney to learn about your legal options. RPWB represents heart patients nationwide who developed infections during surgery. Please call us or send an email if we can be of assistance.
RPWB represents people throughout the country who developed bacterial infections following surgical procedures in which the Stockert 3T was used.
Our firm is nationally recognized for representing individuals who have been harmed by prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as medical devices. We were named a 2018 Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report in the areas of products liability and personal injury litigation. We are a top-listed plaintiff product liability firm as rated by Best Lawyers in America.
RPWB attorneys have been appointed lead counsel in seven large multidistrict litigations and leadership positions in many more. Our team is sensitive to the wishes of our clients yet tenacious and experienced enough to secure maximum compensation.
Our firm has substantial national experience with products liability litigation against drug makers and medical device manufacturers. With respect to pharmaceutical litigation, RPWB attorneys have been appointed lead counsel of seven nationwide multidistrict litigations in recent years. We currently serve or have recently served on various National Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for consolidated litigation involving: Baycol®, Chantix®, Lipitor®, Ortho Evra®, Phenylpropanolamine (PPA), Rezulin® and Zyprexa®.
RPWB attorneys were heavily involved in national litigation against several manufacturers of breast implants for selling defective products, including a prominent role in the MDL against Dow Corning that resulted in a $3.2 billion settlement for 400,000 women. We served on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for a consolidated action involving the Norplant contraceptive system and worked the national multidistrict litigation against the manufacturers of hip and jaw implants.
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