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Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys Discuss Risks Associated With Bair Hugger Warming Blanket

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

A warming blanket manufactured by 3M is at the center of a products liability lawsuit in which the injured party alleges that the warming blanket caused bacteria and contaminants from the floor of the operating room to enter her surgical wound, resulting in a catastrophic post-surgical infection. The blanket, which is called a Bair Hugger, is used to stabilize the body temperature of patients in an operating room setting by using forced hot air.

The injured party in this lawsuit, a woman from Mississippi, was undergoing knee replacement surgery when the Bair Hugger warming blanket was used to keep her body temperature stable. After the surgery was completed, the wound became infected and the knee implant that had been inserted had to be removed. An antibiotic spacer had to be put in place of the knee replacement because the woman’s knee joint was so badly infected. Months later, another knee replacement was put in, and the woman has had multiple surgeries since the placement of the second knee replacement device.

Post-surgical infections are not uncommon, but in some situations they can be linked to a condition which created an increased risk that infection would occur. For example, there are a growing number of cases in which catastrophic infections developed after Bair Hugger warming blankets were used during knee and hip replacement surgeries. Some of the injured parties have even filed lawsuits that are similar to the one that has been filed by the woman from Mississippi.

The Bair Hugger warming blanket was designed to meet a need within the hospital setting, but its use poses a great risk to patients. It is true that the body temperature of a patient who is undergoing a hip or knee replacement surgery will drop during the time that they are in the operating room because they are anesthetized and because they are not moving. It is necessary to stabilize their body temperature, but it is not necessary to create an increased risk of infection by using a product that affects the air flow within the operating room, thereby allowing bacteria from the floor to enter the open surgical wound. The Bair Hugger forced hot air warming blanket is just one type of device that can be used to warm patients as they undergo hip or knee replacements. Other alternatives to the Bair Hugger exist, such as warming blankets that resemble electric blankets and which do not use forced hot air. 3M is aware of the risk that their forced hot air warming blankets create, but the company has not warned hospitals of that risk.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Representing Mississippi Plaintiffs in Products Liability Lawsuits

The Bair Hugger forced hot air warming blanket is just one example of a medical product that can cause harm to the very patients that it is intended to help. If you have been injured or if someone that you love has died as the result of an unreasonably dangerous medical product, the Mississippi Personal Injury Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are here to help you. Please call our office today at (601) 355-2022 to learn more.

Mississippi Products Liability Lawyers Talk about Transvaginal Mesh

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Medical products are often at the center of major products liability lawsuits, and for good reason. Many medical products are used in surgeries, and are designed to remain inside of our bodies permanently after they are put into place. When a medical product fails to perform as it is intended to, there can be devastating consequences for the people who have that product inside of their bodies. One medical product which has been the subject of numerous products liability lawsuits is transvaginal mesh.

Transvaginal mesh is surgical mesh which is used in some types of pelvic surgeries, including the repair of stress urinary incontinence and the repair of pelvic organ prolapse. Surgical mesh is a medical product that is designed to support weak or damaged tissue, and it can either be made from animal tissue or synthetic materials. Some types of mesh are designed to be absorbed by the body over time, while other types are designed to be permanent.

Prolapses of pelvic organs are more common than many people may realize. There are multiple organs in the pelvic area, and there are internal structures, muscles, tissues, and the like, which hold all of those organs in place. If those internal structures are injured or if they become weak, one or more of the pelvic organs may descend from its usual position, causing a bulge in the vagina. It is estimated that one in every ten women will undergo surgery to correct some type of pelvic organ prolapse before she reaches eighty years of age. While multiple varieties of transvaginal mesh products are used to correct pelvic organ prolapses, it is also possible to treat pelvic organ prolapses without using mesh.

Some people who have undergone surgeries in which transvaginal mesh was used have experienced serious complications that have caused them a great deal of pain and suffering. From internal bleeding to blood, bladder, and urinary tract infections and the rupture of organs in the pelvic area, the complications which can arise after a transvaginal mesh implant are as concerning as they are painful. Patients who experience complications due to transvaginal mesh implants often need multiple surgeries to remedy the injuries caused by the implants, and many experience severe and chronic pain.

Giddens Law Firm, P.A.: Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys

If you are experiencing complications related to transvaginal mesh, it is important that you seek medical care right away. In addition to working with your doctor to develop a plan for addressing your injuries, you may be able to file a claim for damages against one or more of the parties responsible for your injuries. The Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. are dedicated to ensuring that people who have been injured by dangerous products are adequately compensated for their injuries. To learn how the Mississippi Products Liability Attorneys at the Giddens Law Firm, P.A. can help you, please call our office today, at (601) 355-2022, to schedule an initial consultation.

Testosterone cream connected to heart attacks?

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

For the last several years it has been surprisingly simple for a man to report symptoms such as low sex drive, lack of energy or loss of muscle mass and be prescribed testosterone to correct any number of ills. Doctors refer to the condition as low t.

Typically the treatment is simple enough, with the doctor prescribing testosterone cream to the thigh or bicep. The drug names for this therapy include: axiron, androgel, fortesta, testopel, striant, delatestryl, testim and androderm.

Despite some of the benefits that may be gained from testosterone, a percentage of men on testosterone have reported heart issues after beginning treatment. These issues range from artery blockage to heart attack or stroke and include any heart issue in between.

If you or a loved one have been prescribed one of the medications above and later been diagnosed with a heart issue, you may have a claim. Call 601-355-2022 to speak with an experienced attorney regarding your potential claim.

20% of Child Deaths in Mississippi Preventable

Monday, July 29th, 2013

The death of any person is something we take very seriously, but the death of a child or infant sends chills up the spine. Even more so when it is discovered that the death was preventable, a recent report in Mississippi sent chills up our spine.

The Child Death Review Panel in Mississippi considered 229 of 610 cases where children died statewide for the year of 2011 and found that 134 of those 229 were preventable. seventy-five of the deaths were the result of motor vehicle accidents. With these numbers we would like to remind parents to make sure your children are properly buckled into a child safety seat, that the seat is in a rear seat and that the seat does not have a recall in effect.

Ninety-five of the deaths which were reported were of children who were less than a year old. 60% of the babies who died were found in an unsafe sleep environment. Studies and research suggest that babies should sleep alone, on their backs, in a crib, with no pillows stuffed animals or lots of blankets.

Any death leaves questions to be answered. One function of our office is to help families find answers to these questions and to put their minds at rest. If you have a question about a recent death and would like to speak to an attorney, please call, our office has a 24-hour answering service.

Shimano Mountain Bike Handlebars Recalled

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada have announced a recall of approximately 300 mountain bicycle handlebars due to fall hazards. Imported by the Shimano American Corporation, the agencies found that the bolts holding the handlebars together can come loose while riding and can cause riders to lose control and fall. The company has received one report of a rider falling due to the defects.

Read Article: The Sacramento Bee

Recall on Tampons which potentially cause toxic shock syndrome

Monday, November 21st, 2011


Recently Kotex Tampons recalled about 1,400 cases of Kotex Tampons do to the risk of infection due to the bacterium Enterobacter sakazakii in the raw materials used in manufacturing the tampons. The bacteria can cause infections and lead to health risks including urinary track infections, septic shock,  pelvic inflammatory disease and other life threatening illnesses.

Recall on Boxes of Kotex Natural Balance Security Tampons

The recall is on 18-count and 32-count boxes of Kotex Natural Balance Security Unscented Tampons of Regular Absorbency. The recalled boxes have a SKU code with 15063 or 15068 as the last five digits of the barcode.

The recalled tampons were sold at Wal-Mart  in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Texas and Nebraska and Fry’s stores in Arizona and Smith’s stores in Utah and Arizona.

If you have a box of these tampons in your possession, stop using them immediately and consult a physician. If you believe that you have been injured by these products, contact our Firm at 601-355-2022 for a free consultation about your injuries.

Product Recalls

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Here at John D. Giddens P.A. we will keep you updated on recent product recalls and provide you with enough information to identify the products even if you don’t remember the exact model number.

This week we have three recalls and reasons:

1. Big Lots Recalls Glider Recliners with Ottomans Due to Entrapment and Finger Crushing Hazards,


Big Lots Glider Recliner

These recliners which were sold at Big Lots have been recalled. If you or a loved one owns these chairs seek out more information on returning them.

An exposed gap between the moving parts of the chair and the base framework can allow access to toddlers and infants, posing an entrapment hazard. In addition, other exposed moving parts on the chair and the ottoman can pose finger pinching and crushing hazards to older children and adults.
2. Evergreen Enterprises Recalls Pourable Gel Fuel Due to Burn and Flash Fire Hazards,

Evergreen Enterprise Fireside Pourable Gel Fuel

The pourable gel fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects nearby when it is poured into a firepot that is still burning. This hazard can occur if the consumer does not see the flame or is not aware that the firepot is still ignited. Gel fuel that splatters and ignites can pose fire and burn risks to consumers that can be fatal.

UPC 746851581199 or 746851581205

3. General Electric Recalls Gas Rangetop with Grill Due to an Explosion Hazard,

General Electric Grill Explosion Hazard
General Electric Stovetop Explosion Risk

Burners on Rangetops operating on liquefied petroleum (“LP” or propane) may fail to ignite or light if the gas control knob is left in a position between OFF and LITE, posing a risk of delayed ignition or explosion.

Brand Model Number Begins With: And Serial Number Begins With:
Monogram® LP Model
Natural Gas Model