In December 2012, Ventlab Corporation and Bunnell Corp. both issued ventilator recalls for products that posed a serious risk of injury  or death.  The Ventlab recall involved its adult and pediatric manual resuscitators, while Bunnell recalled Life Pulse High-Frequency Ventilator Patient Circuits, which are used for ventilating infants.   Both the Ventlab and Bunnell ventilator recalls were deemed Class I recalls by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), its most serious type of recall action.

Victims of the defective Ventlab or Bunnell ventilator products may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.  The attorneys of Bernstein Liebhard LLP are offering free, no obligation legal consultations to individuals who wish to file a ventilator recall lawsuit against either of these two companies.  To learn more about your legal options, please contact us today.

Ventlab Ventilator Recall

The Ventlab ventilator recall involved 14,602 adult and pediatric  manual resuscitators with a  defective valve that may leak, resulting in little or no air or oxygen being delivered to the patient.  According to the FDA recall notice, emergency personnel often use the affected resuscitators during patient transfer, and they are also used as a backup to ventilators and anesthesia machines.  The lack of air flow caused by the defective valve may not be easily observable to the user because the bag still deflates when compressed.  This can result in life-threatening health consequences for patients, including hypoxia, hypoventilation or death.

The affected manual resuscitators were manufactured and distributed between March 2012 and July 2012.  As of December 2012, Ventlab Corporation was  in the process of arranging for the return and replacement or repair of the manual resuscitators affected by this recall. Ventlab said it has not received any reports of injuries related to the recalled manual resuscitators.

Bunnell Ventilator Recall

The Bunnell ventilator recall involved 5,771 Life Pulse high-frequency ventilator (HFV) patient circuits.  The devices 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 affected devices were found to have heater wire insulation that can melt, causing sparking and smoke, close to the humidifier cartridge. This can cause serious adverse consequences, including death.  Bunnell says it has received reports of 12 failures among the units distributed, but no reports of patient injury or death.

The recalled HFV units were manufactured  March  through September 2012, and distributed after March 19, 2012 through October, 2012.

Ventlab and Bunnell Ventilator Recall Lawsuits

Patients injured because of the Ventlab and Bunnell ventilator recalls  may be entitled to receive compensation from the companies  if it is determined they  marketed a defective product.   Plaintiffs in ventilator recall lawsuits could be entitled to significant damages, including compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Wrongful death

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently offering free legal consultations to victims of Ventlab or Bunnell ventilator  failures.  To learn more about the legal process for filing a ventilator recall  lawsuit, please give our attorneys a call today, at 1-877-779-1414.

Published December 28, 2012 by