Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuit

Philips Respironics has recalled certain mechanical ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines due to potential health risks associated with the sound-reducing foam in these devices. This foam can break down and be inhaled by those using the device, potentially exposing them to dangerous chemicals in the process.

If you’ve used a Philips sleep apnea machine and experienced any injuries or illnesses as a result, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation through a Philips CPAP lawsuit.

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Breaking News: Philips CPAP Recall Linked to Health Risks

On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of various CPAP, BiPAP, and mechanical ventilators after the sound-reducing polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used in the devices was found to:

  • Degrade and break down into black particles that can enter the device’s airpath and be swallowed by the user
  • Expose the user to dangerous and potentially carcinogenic chemicals that can then be inhaled

The foam degradation can cause serious injuries and may be exacerbated by the use of unapproved cleaning methods (like ozone), as well as by high-heat and high-humidity environments.

Injuries and Health Risks of Philips Sleep Apnea Machines

Philips Respironics has received numerous complaints from customers about black debris or particles in the airpath circuit of their mechanical ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP devices, though the cause of the symptoms has not been definitively linked at this time.

Potential risks associated with the recalled Philips sleep apnea devices can be life-threatening and include:

  • Asthma
  • Carcinogenic effects (particularly to the kidneys, liver, and lungs)
  • Cough and chest pressure
  • Eye, nose, skin, and respiratory tract irritation
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Inflammatory response
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Organ damage
  • Sinus infection

If you’ve used Philips Respironics sleep devices and experienced any of the health issues listed above, you may be able to pursue compensation through a Philips CPAP lawsuit. Learn more about your legal options today in a free case review.

What Philips Respironics Products Are Affected?

Different models of a variety of Philips’ sleep and respiratory care devices have been affected by the recent product recall, particularly:

  • Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-level PAP or BiPAP) Devices
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machines
  • Mechanical Ventilators

Of the estimated 3-4 million recalled Philips devices, roughly 80% of the affected products are CPAP machines, particularly those in the first-generation of DreamStation machines.

Philips Ventilator, BiPAP, and CPAP Recall List

Philips Respironics mechanical ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines affected by the recall include:

  • A-Series BiPAP A30 and Hybrid A30
  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation Go
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • E30
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • REMstar SE Auto
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200

Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuit Settlements and Verdicts

When you file a Philips CPAP lawsuit, you may be able to receive financial compensation for your injuries in one of the following forms:

  • Philips CPAP Lawsuit Settlement: By reaching a Philips CPAP settlement with the defendant, you may be able to avoid going to court and start receiving compensation sooner.
  • Philips CPAP Jury Verdict: If a settlement isn’t reached, your case will continue to court, where a judge and jury will hear your case and reach a CPAP verdict. Our lawyers are prepared to fight on your behalf in court, but there’s no guarantee of compensation in these cases.

Get Help Filing a Philips CPAP Lawsuit

If you’ve used a Philips mechanical ventilator, BiPAP, or CPAP machine and suffered serious injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation from the product manufacturer — and Sokolove Law may be able to help.

Sokolove Law fights on behalf of our injured clients and hold powerful companies accountable for their negligence. We have helped clients affected by dangerous drugs and medical devices receive compensation.

Get a free case review today to learn more about your potential legal options and how Sokolove Law can help.

Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuit FAQs

Is there a recall on Philips CPAP machines?

Yes — a variety of Philips Respironics mechanical ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines have been recalled after elements of the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam in these devices was found to break down, potentially being inhaled by the user or exposing the user to certain dangerous chemicals.

Which Philips CPAP machines are being recalled?

The following Philips BiPAP and CPAP machines have been recalled due to potential health risks, including lung cancer:

  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation Go
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • E30
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • SystemOne (Q-Series)

The following models of Philips mechanical ventilators have also been recalled for the same health and safety concerns:

  • A-Series BiPAP A30 and A40
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
  • Trilogy 100 and 200

Can CPAP cause cancer?

Potentially — recalled Philips Respironics CPAP machines have been linked to a variety of health risks, including respiratory or lung issues, organ damage, multiple types of cancer, and more. If you’ve used a Philips CPAP machine and experienced any detrimental health effects, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Get a free case review today to learn more.

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Last modified: July 26, 2021

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