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Sorin Heart Heater-Cooler Lawsuits

Updated February 28, 2017:
As people who claim infection and health problems arising from the use of the Sorin Heater Cooler System continue to come forward, the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) will hear argument on March 30 on whether to create a new multi-district litigation for this device.

Oral argument is scheduled starting in the morning at the US Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona. The request is to transfer the cases to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

TheLawFirm.com will continue to provide updates on this important litigation as it becomes available.

Heart issues are the number one cause of death for Americans. Hundreds of thousands of surgeries involving the heart are performed each year. In fact, it is estimated that more than 250,000 heart bypass procedures using heater-cooler devices are performed in the US every year. Of these, approximately 60 percent use a device known as the Sorin Group Stöckert 3T heater-cooler. These devices regulate a patient’s body temperature during surgery. 

However, major concerns have now emerged about these devices. Researchers and doctors are now concerned that the device may allow contaminated water to evaporate into the air. This air then exits the machine through a vent and can enter the patient’s lungs or open chest cavity. The CDC says the chances of infection are between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000. Patients who have valves or prosthetic products implanted are at higher risk of these infections.

This means between 150 and 1500 Americans per year have suffered major infections after this device was used. Serious infection must be treated with a lengthy period of antibiotics. The CDC has pointed out that some patients have even died from the infection, although it is unclear whether the infection was a direct cause of death.

TheLawFirm.com has learned that the first lawsuit against the Sorin Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler device has been filed. The Plaintiff is claiming that the Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System caused a bacterial infection. It is alleged that the device was contaminated with Mycobacterium chimaera that caused a major infection at the surgical wound site. This caused the need for more surgeries and antibiotic therapy.

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com expect many more lawsuits regarding the Sorin Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler device. Troubling evidence is mounting against the device. On July 15, 2015 the FDA issued a Class II recall due to the “potential colonization of organisms, including Mycobacteria” in Sorin Heater Cooler Devices. Five months later, on December 29, 2015, the FDA issued a warning letter which revealed that its inspection of Sorin’s German and Colorado facilities found the Sorin 3T System devices had been “adulterated.” Finally, on October 13, 2016 the CDC warned healthcare providers and patients about the potential risk of infection from the Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler device.

If you had a heart bypass surgery and suffered major infection after, call us immediately. The time for filing a claim is now running out. It is not necessary to know if the Sorin Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler device was used during heart surgery, as we can get that information from your medical records.

Please contact us at 1(855) 464-0808 or for a free legal evaluation of your claims today!

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