PHILIPS CPAP MACHINE RECALL: ARE YOU ENTITLED TO RECOVERY?
Table of Contents
- What Injuries are the Philips Breathing Devices Associated With?
- What Do Damages in a Philips CPAP Lawsuit Cover?
- Which Philips CPAP, PAP, and Mechanical Ventilators were Recalled?
- What Are the Health Risks Associated with Foam Liners in CPAP Machines?
- How Can I Contact a Medical Devices Lawsuit Attorney?
- Philips CPAP and PAP Recall FAQs
Philips Respironics released a statement recalling Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP) and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) breathing machines, and mechanical ventilators. Various potential health and safety risks involving lung injury have been identified and associated with the products, which are used for breathing assistance and sleep apnea.
Injury risks include lung damage, difficulty breathing, possible carcinoma, and other injuries. Such risks stem from the possibility of inhaling degraded foam from the product, as well as outgassing from toxic chemicals.
Philips may be facing multiple lawsuits from those injured by the machines. If you or a loved one were injured, you may be entitled to significant financial assistance for any losses caused by these devices. Contact Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann at (205) 322-8880 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal rights and course of action.
Philips Respironics has issued a recall of its CPAP sleep apnea machines and various other devices. You may be entitled to recourse under the law if you’ve been injured by one of these products
What Injuries are the Philips Breathing Devices Associated With?
We are taking inquiries from people who have used these Philips devices for more than a year and have suffered symptoms or injuries such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Lung damage
- Inflammation or irritation of the airways
- New or progressively worsening asthma
- Liver or kidney disease
- Respiratory failure
- Lung cancer
- Liver cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Colon cancer
- Heart attack or failure
- Various other diseases of the lungs and internal organs
What Do Damages in a Philips CPAP or PAP Lawsuit Cover?
People who have suffered lung injury or other conditions after using a Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), or mechanical ventilator device may be eligible for damages for their losses.
Damages in a lawsuit can cover:
- Costs of medical services and medications
- Lost wages from missing work due to injury
- Loss of the ability to generate income in the future
- Additional medical treatment not covered by insurance
- Pain and suffering costs
Additional damages may be awarded depending on the circumstances of each individual case. For instance, loss of consortium/companionship can be issued in certain cases, and wrongful death damages may be available in cases where the loss of life was caused by the product defect.
Which Philips CPAP, PAP, and Mechanical Ventilators were Recalled?
The Philips recall applies to millions of sleep ventilator and apnea devices which may increase the risk of respiratory illness and lung injuries.
An estimated 3 to 4 million breathing devices may be affected, most of which are first-generation products sold prior to April 2021. Recalled devices include:
CPAP and Bilevel PAP Machines
Continuous Ventilators — Non-life Supporting
- C Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
- SystemOne ASV4
Continuous Ventilator — Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
- E30 (Under Emergency Use Authorization)
- DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
- DreamStation Go CPAP, APAP
- Dorma 400, 500 CPAP
- REMStar SE Auto CPAP
- SystemOne Q series
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
Continuous Ventilator — Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
Products NOT affected by the recall are:
- Trilogy Evo
- Trilogy Evo OBM
- Trilogy EV300
- Trilogy 202
- A-Series Pro and EFL
- DreamStation 2
- Omnilab (original based on Harmony 2)
- Dorma 100, Dorma 200, & REMStar SE
- V60 Ventilator
- V60 Plus Ventilator
- V680 Ventilator
- All oxygen concentrators, respiratory drug delivery products, airway clearance products
What Are the Health Risks Associated with Foam Liners in CPAP Machines?
The recalled Philips devices are linked to an increased risk of breathing/airway contamination, chemical exposure, and even cancer. The problem mainly appears to be related to sound-abating (noise-reducing) foam which is used in the devices.
What Are the Foam Degradation Risks?
The foam may degrade into small particles, which can then enter into the devices’ air pathways, where they can be inhaled or swallowed. Injured consumers have reported finding black debris in the breathing tubes of their devices. Contamination may occur within the airpath circuit which extends from the device outlet, humidifier, tubing, and mask.
Risks of exposure from the foam include irritation (skin, eye, and respiratory tract), headache, lung irritation/inflammation, asthma, internal organ damage, cough, chest pressure, sinus infection, various respiratory diseases, and possible carcinogenic risks.
The degradation of the foam may be caused by certain cleaning methods (such as the use of ozone), or exposure to high temperature and high humidity environments. Thus, if you live in a hot, humid region, and used any of the Philips devices mentioned above, you may have been put at risk of injury.
What Are the Chemical Off-Gassing Risks?
In addition, the foam in the Philips devices may be prone to “off-gas” (emit) chemicals which can be toxic to inhale.
Potential risks of chemical exposure injury due to off-gassing may include: headache, nausea/vomiting, hypersensitivity, irritation (eye, nose, respiratory tract, skin), as well as possible carcinogenic effects.
How Can I Contact a Medical Devices Lawsuit Attorney?
Injuries from a Philips sleep apnea machine and other similar devices can disrupt a person’s entire life and that of their loved ones as well. If you or a loved one have suffered injury due to recalled Philips breathing machines, you may need the services of an experienced injury attorney.
At Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, our aim is to help our clients and their families put their lives back on the right track. We give each individual client the personal attention they need and deserve during a difficult time.
Our track record speaks for itself, and our firm has been recognized as a top plaintiff’s firm for Most Prolific Trial Law Firms by the Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter for the past 14 years. Get in touch with us at (205) 322-8880 to begin the process of restoration and recovery for you and your family.
Philips CPAP and PAP Recall FAQs
Should I continue using my defective Philips CPAP product?
Patients using affected life sustaining mechanical ventilator devices should NOT stop or alter their prescribed treatment unless they have spoken with their physician. Alternate ventilator or treatment options may not exist or may be severely limited, so stopping use of the device is not recommended without prior consultation with a medical professional.
Am I entitled to repair or reimbursement for my defective Philips product?
When should I file a lawsuit for a Philips CPAP injury?
Also, evidence can be more challenging to collect and obtain as time passes, so the longer you wait to file, the more difficult it may become to prove your case.
What can a medical device lawyer do to help me?
- Compiling the facts of the case
- Gathering evidence for trial
- Reviewing relevant laws
- Formulating competitive legal strategies
- Arguing for the maximum compensation for your case
By hiring an attorney, the burden of preparing for a claim is lifted from your shoulders, and you can focus on healing and recovering. Contact a lawyer at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann by calling (205) 322-8880 for representation for your case.
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