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News & Updates by Meshbesher & Spence Lawyers

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Bair Hugger(R)/Infections Research and Case Overview

Dr McGrory recently conducted a pilot study at Maine Medical Center evaluating perioperative body temperature in patients undergoing total joint surgery.  All patients in the study received pre-operative warming at 41-degrees Celcius with 3M’s Bair Hugger forced air warmer and intraoperatively they received warm cotton blankets out of common blanket warmers and in-line IV fluid warming with 3M’s Ranger fluid warming device. This podcast provides valuable information regarding the controversy surrounding Bair Hugger and unpacks related Bair Hugger legal battles, medical literature, and corporate competition.

Genevieve Zimmerman named Minnesota Lawyer Power30 Personal Injury Lawyer

For about a year, we’ve been wearing masks covering our face to protect us from airborne transmission of COVID-19. The shortage of masks and other protective gear for health care practitioners raised vehement alarms throughout the country. News accounts have demonstrated how the virus moves through the air.

Josh Tuchscherer named Minnesota Lawyer Power30 Personal Injury Lawyer

It can be a problem getting information from plaintiffs’ personal injury lawyers because so many cases — especially high-value cases — are subject to confidentiality agreements. And medical malpractice may be synonymous with high value.

Have you been harmed by the Paragard intrauterine device (IUD)?

Nearly two thousand women have reported their Paragard IUD breaking, causing health complications and the need for additional corrective surgery.

Warming devices may be source of airborne microbial contamination, but fix is possible.

Important safety news published in Anesthesiology News today finding Bair Hugger machines harbor bacteria and “may be significant sources of contamination.” They go on saying, “[we] can say with certainty that the Bair Hugger is contributing airborne microbes into the air.” In an operating room, this is dangerous for patients and must be addressed.

Tailbone Removed Following a Highway Crash

Derek represented an 18-year-old in the St. Cloud area who was pushed off the highway by a distracted driver. The force of the crash aggravated a prior tailbone injury she had suffered in middle school. Ultimately after two years of treatment the client had her tailbone surgically removed to alleviate the pain. The other driver’s insurance company denied responsibility and never admitted the tailbone injury was aggravated by the crash. Derek filed the lawsuit against the at-fault driver at a binding arbitration. Derek continued to pursue the case against the 18-year old’s own insurance for underinsured motorist benefits. The client’s total recovery helped her start her college education and place a down payment on a home.

22-Year-Old Developed Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Over a Year After Crash

Derek represented a 22-year-old who was hit while sitting in her car at an intersection. The insurance company for the other driver never admitted liability and insisted that the force of the crash could not have resulted in any injury to the client. The insurance company sent the client to an adverse medical examination and the reviewing doctor wrote a 50-page opinion about why he believed the client wasn’t hurt. The client ultimately had carpel tunnel surgery fifteen months after the crash. Derek started a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and the case was submitted to binding arbitration. At arbitration Derek’s client was awarded $54,464.07.

Poorly Maintained Handicapped Parking Spot Kills

Derek Represented the heirs and next of kin of a client who tripped on a crack in a very poorly maintained parking lot. The fall caused the 83-year-old client to break her hip, unfortunately she succumbed to her injuries and tragically passed away. The parking lot was leased and both the owner and the tenant feverously denied liability. Derek brought a lawsuit against both defendants and brought in a parking lot expert to offer an opinion as to the safety of the lot. The case settled at mediation, but more importantly to the family of the client the parking lot was re-poured over the portion where the client had fallen. This case was especially rewarding because it led to a safety change that will protect others in the future.

Honors and Awards

As a top priority to be an informed advocate for our clients, we are constantly engaging in continuing education and networks founded in best practices, yet pushing for future progress. To be recognized for the work we do on behalf of our clients is an unmatched honor. Thank you to the legal community and our peers for your recognition and support.