Class I recalls involve situations in which there is a reasonable chance a device will cause serious injuries or death. The FDA’s announcement indicates that the Ventlab and Bunnell ventilator products pose serious risks to patients.
New York, New York (PRWEB) December 28, 2012
The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating potential ventilator recall lawsuits stemming from Ventlab Corporation's recent recall of adult and pediatric manual resuscitators, as well as Bunnell Corp.’s recall of Life Pulse High-Frequency Ventilator Patient Circuits. On December 21st, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) granted Class I designations, its most serious class, to the Ventlab ventilator recall and the Bunnell ventilator recall announcements.
“Class I recalls involve situations in which there is a reasonable chance a device will cause serious injuries or death. The FDA’s announcement indicates that the Ventlab and Bunnell ventilator products pose serious risks to patients,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP. The Firm is currently offering free ventilator recall lawsuit evaluations to individuals who may have been harmed by either of these products.
Ventlab Ventilator Recall
The Ventlab ventilator recall involved 14,602 adult and pediatric manual resuscitators used to provide temporary breathing support to patients who cannot breathe on their own. These devices are often used in health care facilities and by emergency medical services during patient transport or as a backup to ventilators and anesthesia machines, according to the FDA. The resuscitators may have a valve leak which prevents the flow of air/oxygen to the patient. However, because the bag still deflates when compressed, this problem may not be easily observable to the user. Lack of air/oxygen can cause life-threatening health consequences for patients, including hypoxia, hypoventilation or death.*
Bunnell Ventilator Recall
Bunnell has recalled its Life Pulse high-frequency ventilator (HFV) patient circuits, which are used to ventilate critically ill infants with pulmonary interstitial emphysema and infants with respiratory distress syndrome complicated by pulmonary air leaks, who are, in the opinion of their physicians, failing on conventional ventilation. According to the recall notice, the devices were found to have heater wire insulation that can melt, causing sparking and smoke, close to the humidifier cartridge. This can cause serious injuries, including death. According to Bunnell, it has received 12 reports of such failures occurring among 5,770 HFV units distributed.**
Individuals injured by the devices involved in either the Ventlab or Bunnell ventilator recalls may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. More information about filing a ventilator recall lawsuit is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, http://www.consumerinjurylawyers.com/, or by calling one of our attorneys at 1-877-779-1414.
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