Philips CPAP Ventilator Lawyer
Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilator Litigation
Talk to a Philips CPAP Lawyer if you have developed cancer following the prolonged use of a qualifying Philips Respironics ventilator, CPAP, or BiPAP breathing device. The FDA has received over 90,000 reports, including 260 reports of deaths that have been linked to the breakdown of PE-PUR foam used in certain Philips Respironics (“Philips”) CPAP, CiPAP and ventilator products. Approximately 2 million devices have been recalled nationwide. If you or a loved one has developed lung cancer following the use of a Philips CPAP Ventilator, you should consult a Philips CPAP Ventilator Lawyer to learn your legal rights today. You may be entitled to compensation. Call 800-298-0111 for more information.
Which Devices Were Recalled?
A number of medical devices have been included in separate recalls of recent. Yours may be identified as:
- A-Series BiPAP A30
- A-Series BiPAP A40 (ventilator)
- A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto (ventilator)
- C-Series ASV (ventilator)
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation Go
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent (ventilator)
- OmniLab Advanced+
- REMstar SE Auto
- SystemOne ASV4
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- Trilogy 100 (ventilator)
- Trilogy 200 (ventilator)
- Trilogy EVO Ventilators with certain Serial Numbers
- Trilogy EVO Repair Kit, RP – Trilogy EVO Muffler Assembly
Why Were Philips CPAP and Sleep Apnea Machines Recalled?
In June of 2021, Philips recalled certain ventilators, BiPAP machines, and CPAP machines because a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used in these devices to reduce sound and vibration can break down resulting in black pieces of foam and invisible chemicals entering the tubes and allowing the user to inhale or swallow them. The chemicals and substances in that foam have been linked to certain cancers. It is believed that heat exposure and/or humidity as well as the use of certain cleaners may accelerate the breakdown. As a part of the recall, Philips has warned:
“These issues can result in serious injury which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and/or require medical intervention to preclude permanent impairment.”
Additionally, the V60 Plus Ventilators and V60 Ventilators upgraded to enable high-flow therapy are having issues with providing reduced oxygen flow under certain situations where the system pressure reaches the default maximum limit. For more info visit: August recall.
Register Your Device
The FDA recommends that users register their device on the company website for updated information on their product recall: https://www.usa.philips.com/healthcare/e/sleep/communications/src-update
What Cancers Have Been Linked to PE-PUR Foam?
The chemical compounds found in the degraded PE-PUR foam have been linked to the following types of cancer:
- bladder cancer
- brain cancer
- colon cancer
- esophageal cancer
- kidney cancer
- liver cancer
- lung cancer
- multiple myeloma
- non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- rectal cancer
- stomach cancer.
Is There a CPAP Multi-District Litigation?
Yes. Philips CPAP lawsuits filed in Federal Courts across the United States have been consolidated in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Approximately 346 lawsuits have been filed in the federal courts with thousands more claims for injuries being registered on the tolling agreement in the MDL.
Is There a Philips CPAP Class Action Lawsuit?
Yes. A Philips CPAP Class Action Lawsuit has been filed in Massachusetts on behalf of potential claimants nationwide. The lawsuit alleges that Philips was aware of problems with a PE-PUR degrading and causing potential health issues in users for years but did not issue a warning to the general public until April of 2021. This is separate from the pending MDL.
Should I Return the Recalled Machine if I am Making a Claim?
No. If you wish to make a claim, you should retain possession of the machine as it may be critical evidence necessary to prove your case. However, do not continue to use a recalled device. Discuss the issue with your physician and obtain a replacement or alternate device.
Philips Ventilator Lawsuits
Thousands of claims have been filed and numerous more are expected to follow. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., Injury and Accident Lawyers, to get connected to an attorney investigating Philips CPAP Ventilator defects if you have been diagnosed with one of the aforementioned cancers as a result of the use of one of these defective ventilators.
Warning: Never discontinue using any prescribed medical device without consulting your licensed physician.