Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Lawsuit

Have you or your loved one developed a severe infection after an open-heart heart surgery?

stockert 3t heater cooler lawsuitStockert 3T Heater-Cooler — a faulty medical device used during life-saving open-heart surgeries — may be the reason behind all the trauma you and your family are experiencing post-op. Heart surgery in itself is a life-altering event that causes physical, emotional and financial strain, and a successful surgery seems to make it all worth it. On the contrary, developing complications from a surgery is unfathomable.

The attorneys at Searcy Denney understand the magnitude of stress you’re facing and are here to help you understand the details surrounding the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit. Knowing the facts can help you understand who and what is responsible for your distress.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications after an open-heart surgery, the attorneys at Searcy Denney want to hear from you. We’ll answer any questions you might have and help you determine if you qualify for compensation under the Stockert 3T lawsuit. No matter your question – we can help. Call us today at (800) 388-3905. Your call is confidential, and at no cost or obligation.

What Is The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System?

An estimated 60% of open-heart bypass surgeries out of the 250,000 procedures done each year in the United States use the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System.

 

The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System is a critical device in life-saving heart, lung or bypass surgeries – all procedures that involve an intentional stopping of the heart or lung functioning. These devices are used inside operating rooms to mechanically regulate a patient’s body temperature and blood flow during the surgery, preventing life-threatening risks such as hypothermia.

Stockert 3T is a popular heating and cooling machine originally manufactured by Sorin Group. In October 2015, Sorin Group merged with LivaNova, PLC and Sorin Stockert 3T heater-coolers came to be better known as the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler, Stockert 3T or just “3T.”

 

The Risks And Hazards Of The Stockert 3T To Surgery Patients

The Stockert 3T heater-cooler is used in over half of all heart surgeries performed in the U.S. But in June 2015, the company recalled the machines on grounds of being potentially contaminated. The device was found transmitting a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium Chimaera. Over a period of time, this bacterium causes a non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infection in patients who have undergone a heart surgery.

Though the water in the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler does not come in direct contact with patients, the lethal bacteria grows inside and is released into the air through the unit’s exhaust vent.

These airborne germs then settle in the patient’s open chest or any implantable device. Open heart surgery patients also tend to have a compromised immune system. Thus, even though this bacterium is naturally-occurring and thought to be harmless, it can cause fatal infections.

Was your family or loved one affected? Don’t wait to find out; see a doctor today, and contact the attorneys at Searcy Denney. We have a long history of defending those who have suffered from defective medical devices. Contact us at (800) 388-3905 for a free, no obligation consultation and learn about your rights.

 

About Non-tuberculous Mycobacteria Infections

This infection is particularly dangerous because of its slow-progressing nature. It can take months or even years after an open-heart surgery to realize you have been exposed to NTM.

If you or a loved one has been experiencing any of the following symptoms, please see a doctor immediately:

  • Recurring Night Sweats
  • Persistent Muscle Aches & Fatigue
  • Joint Pain
  • Increasing Weight Loss
  • Unexplained Fever
  • Pain & Swelling at the Surgical Incision Site
  • Contraction of NTM Infections

This information isn’t meant to alarm you, but to educate you and your loved ones and prevent a serious infection or worse. Patients just like you are filing a lawsuit against the makers of The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler for the suffering they’ve had to endure as a result of negligence. You could qualify for compensation to help offset the cost of medical bills, hospital stays and treatment.

 

Fatality Rate & Statistics

  • stockert 3t risks to heart surgery patientsNTM infections are associated with 1 in 100 to 1 in 1000 infections*
  • Of the 250,000 procedures each year, approximately 60% of open-heart bypass surgeries used the Stockert 3T heater-cooler system*
  • More than 150 people have potentially been infected with Mycobacterium*
  • Approximately 20 lawsuits have been filed, and the number is growing
  • Infections by contaminated Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers have resulted in serious illness, death and exposure to NTM
  • Litigation Status – In the pre-trial proceeding and discovery phase
    *Data sourced from Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Do you feel like a part of these numbers? The manufacturers behind the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler manufacturing company have failed over and over again to correct their mistake, leading to 150 plus individuals whose lives have been forever compromised. The Mycobacterium Chimaera bacterium carries a nearly 50% mortality rate.

Don’t let yourself or your family become just another number to the makers of the Stockert 3T device; your livelihood could be at stake. Contact the attorneys at Searcy Denney for a free consultation at (800) 388-3905. Your story and your future matter to us.

 

Repeated Warnings By The FDA Over The 3T Heater-Cooler

2012 – 2014: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that the first incident was documented in early 2012 and the affected devices were in distribution as late as 2014. The FDA estimates over half a million patients may have been exposed to NTM.

October 2015: In a communication issued by the FDA in October 2015, the notice stated that the use of heater-cooler devices had been associated with several NTM infections. This initial notice was a generic one that did not target any specific brand of heater-coolers.

June 2016: Later in June 2016, the FDA issued a warning letter that specifically named the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System and associated it with the deadly Mycobacterium chimaera infection. This notice directly held Stockert’s manufacturing company, LivaNova PLC, responsible.

October 2016: The most recent circular from the FDA from October 2016 orders that hospitals “Immediately remove from service any heater-cooler devices, accessories, tubing and connectors that have tested positive for M. chimaera, or have been associated with known M. chimaera patient infections at your facility.”

The FDA has confirmed that open-chest surgery patients and the recipients of implanted devices are at a greater risk of contracting the NTM infection. The 3T Heater-Cooler devices are defective, thus responsible for the pain, suffering and wrongful death of several unknowing individuals.

 

Manufacturer’s Negligence

  • LivaNova, PLC’s faulty quality control and testing procedures failed to detect the device’s potential for holding bacteria in the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System.
  • The company was in a position to prevent the deaths and the complications caused by the 3T heater-coolers and yet they chose not to alert the public and withheld pertinent information that could have saved many lives.
  • LivaNova, PLC should and will be held accountable for withholding urgent information from hospitals and doctors using the 3T Heater-Cooler machine in their operations.

 

Filing A Lawsuit Against Manufacturer Of 3T Heating-Cooling System

Several unsuspecting patients who have fallen ill by the fatal infection as well as the family members of deceased patients have sued LivaNova, who now faces several serious lawsuits.

The Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit states that the manufacturer, LivaNova PLC, failed to alert hospitals and surgeons of potentially fatal heart surgery infections being caused by the 3T heater-cooler device during cardiac bypass surgeries.

Four variations of the Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler lawsuit are being pursued. To help you understand the various claims, we’ve provided a short explanation of each:

 

Stockert 3T Lawsuits

Lawsuit 1: Patients who have died or became seriously ill due to an NTM infection by contamination from a manufacturing defect.

Lawsuit 2: Patients who suffered NTM infection due to the use of non-sterile water inserted in the heater-cooler device at the hospital.

Lawsuit 3: A class action lawsuit by patients who were exposed to NTM at two Pennsylvanian hospitals but are not yet experiencing symptoms.

Lawsuit 4: A class action lawsuit similar to the above on behalf of NTM exposed patients at two South Carolina hospitals.

Each LivaNova, PLC Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System lawsuit or class action is the result of LivaNova consistently under-reporting and withholding information from the public and the FDA about the complications associated with the device.

 

Have You Or A Loved One Gotten Sick After Heart Surgery?

Have you or a loved one developed an infection following an open-heart surgery? At Searcy Denney, we want to extend our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We can’t imagine the amount of turmoil, stress and pain you have been through.

Our firm is skilled and experienced in handling defective medical device cases, and we represent the people – not the powerful. If you have questions surrounding an open-heart or lung bypass surgery and think you may have been exposed to the deadly bacterium from a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler System, we want to hear from you. We have helped countless others in situations just like yours, and we are passionate about fighting for your rights.

Let us be your advocates, we assure you that you are not alone. Call us today for a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation at (800) 388-3905. We will help you every step of the way and take care of all aspects of your case so that you may focus on your family, yourself, and things that matter the most.
We’re ready for your call!

 

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