Philips CPAP lawsuits state the company’s CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as some ventilators, have caused users serious injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, among other losses. There is no cost or fee unless you obtain a settlement or award. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll-free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form.
Have You Or A Loved One Sustained Injuries Due To A Philips CPAP?
You May Have a Claim.
What is a CPAP?
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a machine used in the treatment of sleep apnea and other breathing disorders. The machine pushes air through the user’s nostrils, which goes into the back of their throat. This allows the airways to remain open and helps to prevent snoring, as well as gaps in breathing while sleeping.
What is a BiPAP?
A BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) is also a machine used in the treatment of sleep apnea and other breathing disorders. This machine assists with both inhaling and exhaling (the CPAP only assists with inhaling). Many BiPAP machines can monitor the users breathing and activate once they stop breathing or if their breathing falls to an unsafe level.
Why Are Philips CPAP and BiPAP Lawsuits Being Filed?
As of June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a recall for various breathing machines due to a dangerous defect. These machines have a foam made of a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR), which is used to reduce the sound and vibrations the machine produces while running. This foam can degrade over time and release toxic black particles into a user’s airway. These particles have caused various cancers to develop in Philips CPAP and BiPAP users, including lung, larynx, liver and pancreatic cancer. Other complications include asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and reactive airway disease (RAD).
The recall includes devices that were sold between 2009 and April 2021. More than 3.5 million machines with this dangerous defect were sold. In this timeframe, Philips has received several complaints of their devices causing users headaches, irritation and respiratory issues.
It is also becoming abundantly clear that Philips had prior knowledge of these defects. In a recent quarterly earnings report (Q1 2021), Philips Respironics provided investors with knowledge of these defects weeks before a recall was issued. They also assured investors that a next-generation model (DreamStation2) was just made and will not have the same defects as its predecessors.
For these reasons, lawyers are now filing Philips CPAP lawsuits on behalf of injured users. It is expected that thousands of lawsuits will be filed.
What Do We Know About Philips CPAP Lawsuits?
One lawsuit was filed by a man in Georgia, who used one of Philips recalled CPAP machines, REMstar Auto A-Flex (also known as a System One). He states that he has used this device since 2015 for his treatment of sleep apnea. The lawsuit alleges that he has now suffered various injuries, which include a lung cancer diagnosis in June of 2021.
A different kind of lawsuit was filed by a man in Massachusetts. This user purchased a DreamStation BiPAP machine in 2020. Due to the health risks associated with this recall, the user was forced to stop using the device. He also does not have a replacement with which to use. As a result, he is now unable to continue his job due to the dangers of his sleep apnea. As Philips Respironics does not intend to replace any of their defective devices, this lawsuit was filed. The lawsuit demands that Philips replace the defective device for free, refund the user’s money on the device he purchased and have Philips pay for medical monitoring due to the inhalation of toxic black particles.
Which Philip CPAP and BiPAP Machines Are Included in the Recall?
The most popular model included in the recall is the Philips DreamStation (this only includes the 1st generation model, not the Dreamstation2 model recently introduced). The other models are as follows:
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- OmniLab Advanced Plus
- REMstar SE Auto
In addition to the CPAP and BiPAP machines, Philips also has ventilators in medical facilities that were included in the recall. Those models are as follows:
- Garbin Plus
- Trilogy 100
- Trilogy 200
What Will a Philips CPAP Lawyer Ask Me When I Call?
- When did you purchase your Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine / when were you on a Philips ventilator in a medical facility
- Which Philips CPAP of BiPAP did you purchase / which Philips ventilator were you on in a medical facility
- How long have you had the device
- How frequently was your use of the device
- What injuries have you sustained as a result of using this device
- How have you treated for these related injuries
How do I know if I have a Philips CPAP Lawsuit?
All personal injury claims are unique and are dependent on the facts of your case. Additionally, each lawyer has specific criteria before they agree to take on a personal injury case. You might have a Philips CPAP lawsuit if:
- You purchased a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine OR was on a Philips ventilator at a medical facility AND
- You purchased it between 2009 and April 2021 OR was on one of the ventilators during the same timeframe AND
- You used it/were on it for a minimum of 12 months prior to your diagnosis AND
- You were diagnosed with cancer (lung, larynx, liver or pancreatic) OR diagnosed with asthma, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and reactive airway disease (RAD)
If you answered yes to these questions, you may have a Philips CPAP lawsuit and should contact our law firm to discuss your case.
Contact an Experienced Philips CPAP Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered injuries as a result of using a Philips CPAP or BiPAP, you may be able to receive compensation for your lost earnings, medical bills and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm works with experienced Philips CPAP Lawyers across the nation, who are ready to talk to you about your case. Call us toll-free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.