Western/Scott Fetzer Issues Oxygen Unit Recall

Defective medical device attorneys note a portable oxygen unit recall issued by Western/Scott Fetzer Company. The recall was initiated after reports of the cylinders igniting and bursting as a result of the cylinders being mishandled or dropped, risking serious injury and death. A total of over 161,000 units are subject to the recall.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury as a result of a defective medical device, including the recalled portable oxygen units, contact Attorney Group for more information about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation, and if you wish to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated medical device recall lawyer who can assist you through the legal process.

Important: The time you have to pursue a claim is limited. Contact us for more information.

Oxygen Unit Recall: Multiple Products Involved

The oxygen unit recall includes the following products:

  • OxyTOTE
  • OxyQuik
  • AirTOTE

Portable oxygen units provide oxygen to patients to help regulate their breathing while allowing them the freedom to move around. Pressurized oxygen is stored in a special container and is delivered to the patient through tubing that is placed in the nostrils or through a mask. The primary users of these devices are hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics.

Cylinder May Ignite And Burst

The recall was issued on January 31, 2015, on all units distributed in the United States from January 2009 to September 30, 2014. Ohio-based Western/Scott Fetzer received two reports of malfunctioning oxygen units after they were mishandled or dropped, the FDA noted. When this mishandling occurs the oxygen cylinder can ignite, “causing an internal flash fire and the canister to burst”, the FDA further added.

Injured Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation

Device makers have a duty to design and produce safe products, and to warn of possible risks associated with their products. Failure to fulfill that duty can result in injuries to patients, and the device maker being held liable for those injuries.

Patients who are injured by defective medical devices may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from injuries. Compensation can be based on factors including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Ability to work
  • Pain and suffering from an injury

If a loved one dies from complications with a defective medical device, his or her family members may be able to pursue claims for wrongful death damages, which include:

  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one
  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Loss of financial support
  • Medical expenses attributable to the fatal injury

Patients who have suffered injury from products involved in the oxygen unit recall, as well as the families of those who have died, are encouraged to seek the advice of a defective medical device attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies

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