Hutton & Hutton is representing individuals who have developed serious
infections or are at risk for infections because of a defective device
used during open heart surgery. The device is a Stöckert 3T heater-cooler
system manufactured by LivaNova. In February 2018, the Federal Court’s
Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated lawsuits throughout
the United States into multidistrict litigation in Pennsylvania so one
Court could preside over the cases pending against LivaNova.
LivaNova PLC Stöckert 3T heater-cooler systems spread bacteria during
surgery, leading to serious infections and even patient deaths. The systems
are manufactured in Germany. Contamination has been found at the manufacturing
plant. Since 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been
investigating the devices being linked to an increase in Nontuberculous
Mycobacterium (NTM) infections. The FDA and the Center for Disease Control
(CDC) have warned about the device.
LivaNova PLC 3T heater-cooler systems are used in the majority of open
heart surgeries performed in the United States. Many medical centers,
in which open heart surgeries are performed, have sent patients letters
advising them that they may have been exposed to the bacteria and are
at risk for an infection. Often, there is a long period of time between
the exposure and the symptoms of the infection.
Hutton & Hutton is investigating potential claims. To learn more: