A Philips CPAP lawyer can help if you or someone you care about was diagnosed with cancer, lung injury, or pulmonary fibrosis after using a recalled CPAP machine. Several cases have already been filed in the United States.
If you have used a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine and suffered harm, you can file a claim for damages.
Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines are being recalled due to their sound-dampening polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam degradation, which causes the user to inhale particles and gases, causing permanent damages.
If you have used a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine and been diagnosed with cancer, lung injury, or pulmonary fibrosis, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Our defective medical device attorneys can help you demand justice.
- How Do CPAP and BiPAP Machines Work?
- Why Did the FDA Recall The CPAP Machines?
- Which Philips Machines are Recalled?
- What Are the Side Effects of PE-PUR Exposure?
- Is There a Philips CPAP Class Action Lawsuit?
How Do CPAP and BiPAP Machines Work
CPAP and BiPAP devices are non-invasive forms of therapy prescribed for patients suffering from sleep apnea.
CPAP stands for “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure” and the machines are used by adults with severe breathing problems during sleep but are also used for infants whose lungs are not fully developed.
BiPAP stands for “Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure,” and the machines are used most often by those with congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and pulmonary or neurologic medical disorders.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder where someone’s breathing starts and stops. Symptoms for sleep apnea include:
- Loud snoring
- Waking with dry mouth
- Waking with a headache
- Gasping for air during sleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Stopping breathing when sleeping, which is most often noticed by another person
CPAP and BiPAP machines account for a large percentage of the sleep economy, which is the business related to sleep problems. Sleep economy industries sell products to help people sleep better, including mattresses, bedding, pillows, and medical devices, with sales exceeding $25 billion a year in the United States alone.
Why Did The FDA Recall The CPAP Machines?
The FDA issued a recall of Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as some emergency use ventilators, due to the potential health risks they carry. Because the PE-PUR foam can break down and be inhaled or swallowed by the user, the body can cause harm once inside the body.
Inhaling PE-PUR particles can cause the body to react by either attempting to encapsulate the particles, which increases the probability of cancer, or the particles continue to degrade and travel beyond the lungs to other parts of the body through the bloodstream.
Which Philips Machines Are Recalled?
The recalled Philips CPAP and BiPAP devices, and emergency ventilators are:
- C Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
- Dorma 400, 500 CPAP
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
- DreamStation GO CPAP, APAP
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
- REMStar SE Auto CPAP
- SystemOne ASV4
- SystemOne (Q series)
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
- E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
What Are the Side Effects of PE-PUR Exposure?
The side effects of inhaling PE-PUR particles and gases can cause the body to attempt to encapsulate the particles, increasing the probability of cancer. Additionally, the body may allow the particles to continue to degrade and travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body.
The CPAP user may complain of:
- Respiratory issues
- Nausea or vomiting
Is There a Philips CPAP Class Action Lawsuit?
There is currently at least one class-action lawsuit filed against Philips Respironics. The complaint alleges that Philips Respironics was aware of the risks and defects of the CPAP and BiPAP machines long before the recall was issued.
The complaint alleges that the patients who used the affected devices had complained to Philips regarding the particles in the machines for many years, but Philips did not warn the public about the hazards until April 2021 and did not issue a recall until June 2021.
Reach Out to a Michigan Philips CPAP Attorney for Assistance
If you or a loved one was injured due to using a defective Philips CPAP or BiPAP, consider reaching out to a well-versed attorney at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. to receive legal counsel on how to proceed. If the defective device was the root cause of losses, you might be able to pursue compensation against the manufacturers.
The following criteria must be met to participate in a Philips CPAP lawsuit:
- Used a Philips Respironics device from the above recall list that was manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021.
- Diagnosed with cancer, lung injury, or pulmonary fibrosis
A Michigan Philips CPAP lawyer who is familiar with pursuing these claims can help by answering your questions, launching an investigation into the incident, and working tirelessly to demand full and fair compensation. To get started, reach out to a legal professional today to schedule a free case review. We charge no legal fees unless we win.
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