British Government to protect ventilator manufacturers from personal injury claims

In these difficult times with the current Covid-19 pandemic going on, the demand for more ventilators has been growing at a rapid rate. A recent article from the Financial Times discusses the implications and process of acquiring these machines and how the Government will protect and support the manufacturers of these lifesaving machines.

It is estimated that the National Health Service (NHS) requires an additional 8,000 ventilators due to the life-threatening nature of the virus. With companies such as BAE Systems, Dyson and Rolls-Royce all working on a solution whether building entire new models or increasing production levels, the demand is expected to be comfortably met with the protective contingencies that are in place.

The Government aims to protect these manufacturers from any financial burden due to intellectual property infringements (IP) or personal injury (PI) claims over faulty machinery. This plan will cover the risk for any new machinery or IP breaches. Whilst the extent of protection is not currently clear due to the Cabinet Office not providing a comment on compensation, the idea is that two contingent liabilities are to be disclosed. The first to cover IP rights and the second for product liability. This plan was put in place to ensure that new manufacturers do not fear the repercussions of any legal claims or matters which must have been a key risk for them due to the nature of the rapid production of highly complex equipment.

Due to the sensitive nature of treatment with tubes entering a patient’s body, it is understandable that there is cause for concern and that the new machinery must be highly regulated. Therefore, there is a lot of scrutiny and careful judgement surrounding these devices.

For individuals that have suffered from personal injury at the hands of someone else, this is a very sensitive matter. There should be no exceptions when it comes to the health and safety of patients and manufacturers should not be protected if they make a potentially life-threatening error when making and distributing their products. This holds even though we are going through a pandemic as devastating as Covid-19. Families are losing loved ones from the virus alone and it is not fair for the general population to have to be concerned about faulty ventilators causing damage to people affected by the virus. Whilst the Government aims to protect these manufacturers from the blow of legal action if they are to produce faulty machinery, it gives the companies a margin of error which should not be there in the first place even though they are fighting to create ventilators at a rapid pace.

Can you still claim?

You can still make claims for compensation if you have suffered from medical negligence or experienced a personal injury from a faulty ventilator. The funds are there to protect the companies but most importantly you. Without these contingencies in place, the demand for ventilators may not be met due to the huge risk factor for the manufacturers involved. Therefore, it is particularly important to remember that you still have the right to claim compensation regardless of what the Government is doing to support the companies.

Here at the compensation experts, we can offer you free and friendly expert advice on your potential claim. We will ask you a few questions to see whether you are eligible for compensation and answer and questions or queries you may have.

All our cases are handled on a no win, no fee basis. If your claim is not successful, you do not have to pay a penny. For more information about this and other matters, feel free to have a look at our website, The Compensation Experts. Alternatively, you can call us for free on 01614138765.

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