Millions of CPAP machines from Philips Respironics have been recalled due to an increased risk of users developing severe side effects. These devices are facing recalls over concerns that the foam liners inside could disintegrate or off-gas, which could potentially lead to users inhaling contaminants or toxic chemicals. Anyone who has experienced side effects after using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), or a mechanical ventilator device may be entitled to compensation through a Philips CPAP lawsuit.
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Philips CPAP Recall Resources
- What is a Philips CPAP?
- Why is there a Philips CPAP Recall?
- What are the Potential Risks When Using a Philips CPAP?
- How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
- How Will an Attorney Help My Philips CPAP Recall Case?
- Contact Our Philips CPAP Recall Attorneys Today
What is a Philips CPAP?
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is commonly prescribed to those who have sleep apnea disorders. When a person has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), this causes interruptions or pauses in their breathing when they are asleep, typically because their throat or airways briefly collapse, blocking the airflow.
A CPAP machine provides a steady flow of oxygen into a person’s nose and mouth as they sleep, thus keeping the airways open and helping a person breathe normally. Philips is a major manufacturer of popular CPAP machines, including the DreamStation CPAP and other breathing devices.
Is There a Recall On Philips CPAP machines?
Yes – In June of 2021, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall to those who use Philips Respironics ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines. The FDA says that users of certain devices manufactured by Philips could face potential health risks. The problem revolves around a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam that is used inside of the machines to reduce sound and vibration.
Why Is There a Philips CPAP Recall?
The FDA says that this PE-PUR phone may break down over time and potentially enter the device’s air pathway. If this occurs, the FDA says that debris from the foam or certain chemicals in the foam could be released into the device air pathway and could be inhaled or swallowed by the person using the device.
The FDA has issued an alert specifically for the following Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines:
- Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use
- E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
- Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- SystemOne ASV4
- C-Series ASV
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced+
- Noncontinuous Ventilator
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- DreamStation Go
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- REMstar SE Auto
Potential Risks If Using a Philips CPAP
The potential risks from the degraded foam exposure could include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Irritation to the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract
- Inflammatory response
- Adverse effects to other organs, including the liver and kidneys
- Toxic or carcinogenic effects, including cancer
There is also a potential risk from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from the degraded foam, including the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dizziness or headaches
- Irritation to the skin, eyes, nose, and respiratory tract
- Toxic and carcinogenic effects, including cancer
Inhalation of these contaminants can result in serious, life-threatening injuries, including some cancers and diseases:
- Lung Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney Failure
- Liver Failure
- Respiratory Failure
- Transplantation of Lungs, Liver, Kidneys
The original recall of Philips respiratory devices was issued in April of 2021, but the recall was updated in June 2021. This is considered a voluntary recall by the company and is currently listed as a safety notification by the FDA. Under the current voluntary recalls, around 3 to 4 million devices are said to be at risk of these health effects.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
It is crucial for anybody who has used a Philips CPAP or ventilator device and has subsequently experienced adverse health effects to work with an attorney on their claim as soon as possible. These recalls are fairly new, and these cases move very quickly. Right now, there is no way to know whether or not this will evolve into a class-action lawsuit. Those who have experienced adverse health effects from these devices who get their claims filed early have the best chance at successfully recovering the compensation they are entitled to.
How Will an Attorney Help a Philips CPAP Recall Case?
If you think you have been harmed due to a Philips CPAP machine, you need to understand that these claims can become incredibly complicated. Philips is a large company with deep pockets. They can afford aggressive legal teams who will do anything they can to reduce how much money they payout in these lawsuits. You need to have an attorney by your side who has extensive experience handling complex product liability claims. An attorney can use their resources to:
- Fully investigate the recall involving Philips CPAP machines.
- Ensure you are evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can determine how the Philips CPAP has affected your health.
- Handle all communications and negotiations with Philips, their insurance carriers, and their legal teams to help ensure you cover the compensation you need.
- Fully prepare your case for trial if necessary to ensure you are treated fairly.
Get Help Filing Your Phillips CPAP Lawsuit Today
If you or somebody you care about has used a Philips CPAP device and has subsequently experienced adverse health effects, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. You may be eligible for compensation for related injuries.
At Tiano O’Dell, our West Virginia personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling complex product liability claims, and we have the resources necessary to help ensure that you recover the compensation you are entitled to. When you need a Philips CPAP recall attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at (304) 720-6700.