Philips CPAP and BiPAP Lawsuits
Lawsuits have been filed against medical equipment maker Philips concerning its positive airway pressure therapy devices and mechanical ventilators. These machines, known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and BiLevel positive airway pressure (BiLevel PAP or BiPAP) devices, are used to manage obstructive sleep apnea. This is a potentially dangerous condition where a person’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts while they sleep. CPAP and BiPAP machines, worn as a mask over a person’s face while they sleep, help push air into the lungs to regulate breathing.
Various Philips CPAP, BiPAP and ventilators are made with a polyester-based polyurethane foam (PE-PUR) that quiets the vibration noises when the machine is in use. Over time, the foam breaks down. As the foam degrades, tiny particles and carcinogenic gases may be released into the machine that may cause harm if inhaled or ingested. Plaintiffs filing lawsuits against the medical equipment manufacturer allege a variety of health problems were caused by the foam degradation, including serious respiratory problems, heart attacks, and certain cancers.
Philips Sleep Apnea Machine Recall
In June 2021, Philips recalled several million CPCP and BiPAP machines as well as mechanical ventilators made between 2009-2021. The recall was issued due to problems with foam degradation within the device, leading to inhalation of toxic and carcinogenic gases and materials.
The FDA has classified this recall as Class I, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may lead to serious injury or death.
Who is at Risk for Developing Side Effects From Using A Philips Bi-PAP, CPAP or Mechanical Ventilator?
Patients who continually used a recalled Philips Bi-PAP, CPAP or mechanical ventilator between 2009-2021 may be at risk for the following health conditions:
- Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
- Chemical poisoning that resulted in hospitalization
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Hematopoietic Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney/Renal Damage/Failure/AKI
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Failure
- Lung Cancer
- Lung Disease
- Lymphatic Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Nasal Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Pleural Effusion
- Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
- Respiratory Failure
- Stomach Cancer
If you or a loved one used any of the following Philips PAP models for at least one year and experienced any of the above conditions, call our law firm for a free consultation:
- DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, and BiPAP
- DreamStation Go CPAP and APAP
- Dorma 400 and 500 CPAP
- REMStar SE Auto CPAP
What is the Status of the Philips CPAP Lawsuit?
A growing number of personal injury CPAP cases have been filed against Philips across the country claiming injury from exposure to chemicals and debris from defective PE-PUR foam. Plaintiffs also allege that Philips knew of the health risks PE-PUR foam had, but did not warn consumers. Lawyers are seeking for the cases to be consolidated into a multi-district litigation to centralize all case sunder one judge in one jurisdiction.
Am I Eligible to File a Philips CPAP Lawsuit?
If you believe your cancer diagnosis, respiratory disease, heart condition, or other injury was a result of using a recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP or mechanical ventilator, call the experienced attorneys at Grant & Eisenhofer today at (888) 984-7988 for a confidential consultation. It’s not too late to investigate your potential claim.
If you have questions about the product and medical device claims we are investigating, visit our current litigation page. To speak to an attorney to discuss your potential case, contact us for a free case evaluation by calling (888) 984-7988.