Philips CPAP Recall & Sleep Apnea Machine Lawsuit Attorney
Sleep apnea can have many negative affects on your health, and CPAP machines are supposed to help. However, many people who used a defective medical device from Philips Respironics suffered serious illness and some even developed cancer. If your Philips CPAP machine was involved in the recall and you were injured by the device, you may qualify for compensation.
Our product liability lawyers at The Law Office of Paul Mankin protect consumers nationwide. Call us today for a free initial consultation of your case: 800-219-3577.
Philips Respironics Has Issued a Recall of BiPAP and CPAP Machines
One of the largest makers of sleep apnea devices, Philips Respironics, has issued a recall for millions of CPAP and BiPAP machines manufactured before April 26, 2021. If you have used or are currently using a Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine or Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP or Bi-Level PAP) machine, your device may be part of the recall.
These mechanical ventilator devices were recalled because they have the potential to cause lung injuries and other health conditions. Philips is currently facing many lawsuits from people who have been injured by the machines that the company manufactured and sold.
Why Were Philips CPAP Machines Recalled?
Certain CPAP and BiPAP machines manufactured by the Philips company have been recalled because they cause an increased risk of cancer, lung injuries, and other health conditions. These injuries and illnesses have been caused when machine users inhale foam particles through the breathing device.
Philips sleep apnea machines use a sound-reduction component which is made of a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam. This material degrades over time and breaks apart, entering the breathing pathway of the machines. The foam particles are then inhaled by the defective Philips CPAP machine users.
These machines may also be exposing patients to toxic chemicals that were used to manufacture the devices. Philips has admitted that there is a release of “off-gas” chemicals related to the PE-PUR foam degradation. These dangerous substances may be made worse with “unapproved” cleaning methods that involve heat, humidity, and ozone environments, which are commonly used by CPAP machine users.
Many people have identified health conditions that can be connected with the foam and toxic chemicals used to manufacture Philips sleep apnea machines. These machines are both designed defectively, and the company failed to warn users about the toxic materials being used in manufacturing.
Personal Injuries Caused by Defective Philips CPAP Machines
A number of health issues have been related to the Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines. People who have become ill often find black debris in their breathing tubes and begin feeling symptoms like headache, nausea, inflammation, and irritation.
Some victims have suffered the following:
- Lung Cancer
- Respiratory Failure
- Difficulty Breathing
- Shortness of Breath
- Newly Diagnosed or Worsening Asthma
- Airway Irritation or Inflammation
- Lung Damage
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
- Chronic Respiratory Illness
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
In addition to lung problems, other health conditions have been associated with the defective Philips machines, including:
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Colon Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Disease
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney Disease
- Laryngeal Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Pancreatic Cancer
If you have been diagnosed with any of these conditions or have related symptoms, and have used a Philips Respironics CPAP machine, you should immediately contact a personal injury law firm near you.
Which Philips CPAP Machines Were Recalled?
The Philips Respironics sleep apnea machine recall applies to all devices in the following models:
- A-Series A30
- A-Series BiPAP A40
- A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
- C Series S/T, AVAPS
- Dorma 400, 500 CPAP, Auto CPAP
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
- DreamStation GO CPAP, APAP, Auto CPAP
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
- OmniLab Advanced Plus
- SystemOne ASV4
- System One 50 Series
- System One 60 Series
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
If you have used any of these models of Philips Respironics machines, you should know that they are considered defective. You should immediately contact a products liability attorney for a free initial consultation.
What Should I Do If I Used a Recalled Philips CPAP Machine?
Most people who used the recalled sleep apnea machines have already been notified that they were dangerous. However, if you are currently or ever used one and have suffered an injury or illness as a result, then you may be eligible for compensation. You should immediately take the following steps:
- Stop Using Your Machine.
If you are still using a recalled CPAP machine, you should immediately stop using it and contact your physician to determine your next steps regarding sleep apnea treatment. There is currently a BiPAP and CPAP machine shortage, so you may have to wait to obtain a new device. However, your doctor may have solutions for you.
- Contact Your Doctor.
If you have ever used a recalled Philips Respironics machine, you should immediately call your doctor. They are aware of the recall and should be prepared to help you decide what to do next. You will likely need additional medical testing to determine if you are at risk of any of the injuries or illnesses caused by these dangerous machines. Your doctor can also prescribe you a new machine and get your treatment approved by your insurance company.
- Call a CPAP Lawyer.
There are many ongoing Philips CPAP lawsuits which involve collection of information about potential victims and evidence about the illnesses these machines can cause. A CPAP lawsuit lawyer can help determine if you are eligible for compensation.
- Register Your Defective Machine with Philips Respironics.
Philips has a webpage associated with its Voluntary Recall Information for Philips Respironics Sleep and Respiratory Care Devices. You can register your defective device and obtain a replacement or repair of your device. The company estimates that the majority of currently registered dangerous recalled machines will be repaired or replaced by December 2022.
Registration of your device requires you to enter the serial number and begin a claim if your unit has been recalled. The serial number is located on the bottom of your unit on a label with the letters “SN” or “S/N” in front of a series of letters and numbers. Once you enter the serial number of the recalled CPAP machine, you will be prompted to enter your name and contact information.
Philips Respironics may contact you after you register your device. They will have instructions regarding how to handle the defective sleep apnea machine. You should not speak with them or answer questions about your health. Instead, let your CPAP lawsuit lawyers protect your rights throughout the legal process.
- File a Philips CPAP Lawsuit or Join the Class Action.
A class action lawsuit was filed against Philips Respironics in June 2021. The lawsuit presents evidence that the company knew about the toxic foam and potential for illnesses that had been caused by the machines for years. Additionally, the Philips class action lawsuit points out that the company did not recall the dangerous devices until June 14, 2021, just before they released a newer device. This led many users to purchase a new machine. Philips only recalled the defective CPAP machines in order to profit from the new ones.
When you contact a CPAP law firm, an attorney can evaluate your specific case and help you determine what type of legal action is best for you.
Call a CPAP Lawyer for Help with Your Case
The Philips sleep apnea machine lawsuit is underway, and you may have a right to join the class action or file your own claim. Find out of you are eligible for a Philips CPAP sleep apnea machine lawsuit. When you call attorney Paul Mankin, he will help you understand your options and ensure your rights are protected in a potential personal injury case.
Call The Law Office of Paul Mankin for a free initial consultation: 800-219-3577.