Maintaining a consistent oxygen flow is essential for each of the body’s functions. A lack of air could result in lightheadedness, falling unconscious, or even long-term brain damage.
To alleviate the risk of these symptoms, the use of BiPAP machines or ventilators can help maintain positive air pressure. Sadly, Philips, one major manufacturer of these machines, has recently announced that their BiPAP machines are defective and pose a significant risk to the health of their customers.
If you have suffered injuries after using these machines, you have the right to seek out compensation for your losses through an Atlanta BiPAP lawsuit. A product liability attorney could help you fight for compensation that covers the costs of your medical bills, compensation for reductions in your quality of life, and reimbursement for lost wages connected to the injury.
Under state law, medical devices such as BiPAP machines are consumer products; this means the makers of these products must take appropriate steps to ensure that they are safe for their customers. Failure to do so can result in serious injuries or even death.
The makers of products are automatically liable if their product caused an injury, and it was defective when it left the maker’s control. An attorney could help you investigate whether this was the case in an Atlanta BiPAP lawsuit.
In other situations, it may be necessary to demonstrate that a defective design or manufacturing error was the source of an injury. Here, your legal representative could take the lead to investigate what led to the dangerous product and hold the maker responsible.
For many Atlanta area residents, the makers of BiPAP machines may have already admitted liability. On June 30, 2021, the FDA bulletin announced that Philips, the maker of many BiPAP machines, had voluntarily recalled many of their models. These include the Trilogy series and the A-Series. The recall was due to increasing evidence that an insulating foam used to reduce machine noise has been breaking down and entering the machine’s tubes—this resulted in people inhaling or ingesting these particles.
Injured parties have reported symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, and lung irritation. In the most severe examples, the use of defective BiPAP machines has been linked to an increased rate of cancer. By issuing this recall, Philips appears to be accepting responsibility for the injuries. If successful, filing a lawsuit in Atlanta for these defective BiPAP machines could lead to substantial compensation for you and your loved ones.
All makers of consumer products have an obligation under the law to produce safe products; this even applies to medical devices, such as BiPAP ventilators. Philips’ failure to do so has resulted in a variety of injuries that have negatively affected peoples’ health, emotional wellbeing, and ability to earn a living.
Pursuing an Atlanta BiPAP lawsuit could help you to receive the compensation that you deserve. An attorney at the firm could explain your legal rights, evaluate the facts of your situation, and demand that the makers of BiPAP machines provide the payments you need to make things right. Call us today to schedule a consultation.