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April 06, 2022

Legal Help for Those Harmed By Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilators.

Are you one of the 3.1 million Americans who have suffered from using a recalled Phillips Respironics CPAP machine? If you or a member of your family have used a recalled Philips breathing machine and suffered injury or developed cancer, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation. To receive your free legal consultation with one of our experienced products liability attorneys, simply call us at 1-800-529-6333. We are available 24/7. 

What is the Danger of Phillips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilator Machines?

As a result of Philips manufacturing the devices with toxic sound abatement foam, many CPAP users have been unknowingly breathing and swallowing carcinogenic foam particles for several years. The foam has been linked to several different forms of cancer and other severe health problems, particularly with long term exposure. The recalled CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilators have been on the market since 2009, and have been used by millions of Americans since 2012. 

The Dutch medical firm Phillips, who is the largest producer of these machines in the U.S., recalled millions of devices in 2021 over concerns that the machines put users at a heightened risk for cancer, respiratory issues, inflammation, nausea, and vomiting. In a media release, Phillips admitted that the CPAP and ventilator devices can degrade, and release potentially toxic particles and fumes which can be swallowed or breathed in by users of the breathing machines.

What are the symptoms of CPAP poisoning?

In addition to reports of cancer, users who used the recalled Phillips machines also experienced the following symptoms: headaches, upper-respiratory problems, asthma, vomiting, sinus infections, sinus pressure, coughing, kidney and liver damage, and breathing problems. 

When used, the defective devices omit a polyurethane sound abatement foam, which is toxic to patients and can result in the following symptoms:

  • Asthma
  • Coughing
  • Sinus infections
  • Upper-respiratory issues
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

In addition, current Philips CPAP lawsuits have identified multiple forms of illnesses and cancers caused by the toxic PE-PUR sound abatement foam. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Hematopoietic Cancer
  • Interstinal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Damage & Cancer
  • Lymphatic Cancer
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Nasal Cancer
  • Oral Cancer
  • Papillary Carcinoma
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after using a CPAP machine, you may be eligible to file a CPAP injury claim. Contact our firm to speak with one of our attorneys as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. We are available 24/7 at 1-800-529-6333to discuss your potential product liability case.

The Philips Respironics CPAP Class Action Lawsuit

Even though there were reports that Philips knew about the problems caused by the toxic sound abatement foam for several years, the company did not issue a public warning until April 2021. In June 2021, a class action was filed to hold Philips responsible for illnesses and injuries connected with toxic foam used in association with their breathing machines. 

In June 2021, the FDA issued a Class 1 recall on the affected Philips breathing machines. A Class 1 Recall is the most severe class of recall and is applied to products that cause injury or death. Interestingly, this coincided with the release of the newer model of machine, which was approved for market use. Many patients who relied heavily on the machine were forced to purchase the new one, meaning Phillips continued to make a profit despite the serious flaws with their machine. 

The Philips CPAP lawsuits are broken down into two separate allegations: (1) Philips Respironics failed to adequately warn of the risks of their product, and (2) The design of their product was defective, and therefore inherently dangerous. 

But what does this mean? Let’s break it down. 

  1. Failure to Warn - The company, Phillips, who manufactured and distributed the machine, was aware of the risks and cancer-causing foam yet failed to warn consumers. There were allegations that consumers had issued complaints of the issues associated with the machines for years before a recall was issued. Even more despicable, the company continued to produce the machine for two months after they issued a public warning in April 2021. The company was wantonly negligent in their failure to properly warn consumers of the cancer-causing risks and MUST be held accountable.
  2. Defective Design of the CPAP Machine The defective design of the CPAP machine renders it an inherently dangerous product because of the machines toxic foam, that should not have been on the market in the first place. The FDA has recorded over 1,200 complaints and counting since the Phillips CPAP recall in 2021. 

Sleep Apnea Machine Lawsuit FAQ’s

Can I file a Lawsuit Against Philips? 

If you have used one of the recalled Phillips sleep apnea machines, and you have been harmed, you may be able to file a claim against Philips.  It is important that you speak with our experienced defective products liability attorneys to determine the viability of your claim, inform you on the next steps, and protect your valuable legal rights.  If you have used one of these devices, it is essential that you keep track of the type of machine used, and how long you have used it for. 

Which Philips Breathing Machines Have Been Recalled?

While Phillips is the largest manufacturer of sleep apnea machines, there are various other manufacturers that were included in the recall, which applied to approximately 3.5 million CPAP and BIPAP machines. 

DreamStation ASV

DreamStation ST

AVAPS

SystemOne ASV4

C Series ASV

OmniLab Advanced Plus

SystemOne (Q Series)

DreamStation CPAP

DreamStation Auto CPAP

DreamStation BiPAP

DreamStation Go

Dorma 400

Dorma 500 CPAP

REMStar SE Auto CPAP

Trilogy 100 and 200

Garbin Plus

Aeris

LifeVent

A-Series BiPAP

Garbin Plus

What Can Montlick Injury Attorneys Can Do for You?

Our Philips CPAP Lawsuit Attorneys are ready to fight for justice for the victims of defective products and fight for the maximum recoverable under the law. If you have developed cancer or experienced any of these symptoms after using a CPAP machine, or were harmed by another similar product, those involved in manufacturing and selling the products may owe you substancial monetary compensation. Call the experienced Philips Breathing Machine Lawyers at Montlick Injury Attorneys for your free consultation and to protect your legal rights.

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