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Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Claims

Health officials are contacting patients around the world after Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers used during heart surgery have been linked with potentially fatal infections. If you have fallen ill following heart surgery or have received a warning letter from your hospital, we may be able to help you make a compensation claim.

Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers are used to keep patients at the right temperature during heart surgery and other complex surgical procedures. It is believed that some of these devices have become contaminated with bacteria, including Mycobacterium chimaera, and that the devices are passing bacterial infections on to patients.

M. chimaera infections can be fatal. Symptoms include:

  • Night sweats
  • Joint/muscle pain
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained fever

The bacterium is very resistant to antibiotics and additional surgery may also be required to replace implants if they have been infected.

It is estimated that 47,000 patients may be at risk of infection following heart surgery using Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers.

Official warnings are being sent to all patients who have undergone valve operations since January 2013 and who may be at risk of developing the infection. If you have received a warning letter or if you believe you are at risk, we may be able to help you claim compensation and make sure that you get the medical care you need.

We already represent a number of clients affected by Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler devices, so we have the knowledge and the resources in place to pursue your claim as quickly as possible and with the best chance of success. There is also the opportunity to make a stronger claim together with others who have been affected.

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Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Claims - More Information
    • How Much Can I Claim?
    • How much compensation you receive for an injury caused by a defective medical product will depend on various factors related to your injury, its circumstances, and the support and rehabilitation you need.

      The amount of compensation you could claim will depend on many factors, including:

      • Current and future loss of earnings from being unable to work
      • Medical and travel expenses you've had to pay
      • Your care and support needs – both now and in the future
      • Whether you need modifications to your home
      • Whether you need mobility aids or specialist equipment
      • Your pain and suffering, and the nature of any ongoing problems you have

      For more information, call us on 0800 121 6567 and we'll be happy to discuss your options in a free initial consultation.

    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury or illness caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

        1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
        2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
        3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepts liability, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

          Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court will put a timetable in place and manage your claim towards trial. There is still the possibility for your opponent to settle.  If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you are unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case, we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is the most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • What Is A Group Claim, And What Are The Benefits?
    • When an entire line of medical products is defective, many people may suffer injuries as a result. In these situations, it is possible to make a group claim to ensure you and your fellow victims are fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      In some cases a group action may be appropriate way for the court to manage a number of similar claims together without having a trial of each individual claim. Group actions can help people to share legal expertise as well as the cost by working together, to try and maximise the chances of being fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      We have extensive experience in pursuing group actions relating to many different types of claim, including for defective products, drugs and medical devices.

      The expertise and results achieved for our clients means that Irwin Mitchell is the most highly ranked personal injury firm in the UK by two independent leading legal reviews.

      If you're unsure about whether making a group claim is right for you, it's best to seek some advice. Contact us and we'll be able to advise you on the options.

I hope that the funds we secured for our client will assist him in making necessary adaptations to his home and help with his future care needs."

Sallie Booth - Partner
Defective Products

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers?

Sorin Stockert 3T heater-cooler systems are used to heat and cool patients during heart surgery and other cardiac procedures. They were originally manufactured in Germany by Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH which has now merged with an English-based company, LivaNova.

Before surgeons can operate on a heart, they must first stop it beating.

The main way to do this is to divert the patient’s blood away from the heart with a heart-lung machine and then pump a cool solution through the heart. The cold solution also slows the heart’s metabolism to prevent cell death while it is isolated from the blood. This is known as cardioplegia.

There are also certain procedures that involve chilling the patient into a controlled hypothermic state during surgery and warming them back up again afterwards.

The Sorin Stockert 3T heater-cooler is used along with other devices to keep patients, their blood and the cardioplegic solution all at their desired temperatures throughout surgery.

The device contains tanks of temperature-controlled water that is pumped through closed circuits into warming/cooling blankets or external heat exchangers. At no point does the water come into direct contact with the patient.

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How Do Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Coolers Cause Infection?

Several patients have been infected with a type of bacteria called Mycobacterium chimaera after undergoing surgery with a Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler in use. A recent European study has since found a link between the infections, the heater-cooler devices, and the manufacturer’s factory in Germany.

M. chimaera is commonly found in soil and water but should not be present in sterile environments where medical equipment is manufactured. However, tests done by the manufacturer found that both its production line and water supply had been contaminated by the bacteria.

A number of more recent studies have also linked the Stockert device to other dangerous infections, including Mycobacterium Abscessus and Legionella.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Sorin Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Claim?

Our medical negligence and product liability solicitors have worked with victims of defective medical products and substandard medical treatment for many years. We understand the pain and suffering that this can cause.

We also understand that it can be difficult to know who is to blame and who ought to be held accountable for your illness or injury. In these situations, it helps to have the experts on your side – if you've suffered because of a defective medical device or medication, we'll work tirelessly to make sure you receive all of the support, advice and care you need while we help you claim the compensation you deserve.

Helping our clients access medical care and support where needed is as important to us as pursuing financial compensation. This support is essential for adapting to life after an injury, and our approach has seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

Our extensive experience has seen us handle a diverse range of defective medical device claims, including:

  • Compensation for a man who received a faulty knee implant which meant his leg had to be amputated. The prosthetic implant failed prematurely after just three and a half years, causing complications for someone who had already been through a great deal of pain and suffering – find out more about his claim.
  • A settlement of £11,000 for a man who was given a defective catheter that caused serious injury during removal. We investigated the case, and the manufacturer admitted that the catheter was faulty – find out more about this claim.

We are also in the process of helping a number of clients make claims, both as individuals and as part of a group claim. These include many people who have received metal-on-metal hip replacements made by DePuy – find out more about one of our De Puy hip replacement claims.

If you have any questions about making a claim, or how we can help, then please don't hesitate to give us a call today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free initial consultation on your case. We're here to help.

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