mass tort lawsuitPhilips Respironics (Philips) issued a recall on numerous CPAP machines used to treat sleep apnea between 2009 and 2021. If you have experienced ill effects after using one of the affected CPAP machines, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Whether you are suffering a mild or life-threatening medical condition caused by a recalled Philips CPAP machine, take this opportunity to learn about your legal options. A Los Angeles mass tort lawyer with KJT Law Group can help you determine the best course of action and file a lawsuit against Philips if you have a case.
Why Were Philips CPAP Machines Recalled?
On June 14, 2021, Philips issued a recall on certain CPAP devices due to rising concerns about the health risks encountered while using the products. Philips manufactured the recalled machines between 2009 and April 2021.
After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publicly alerted users and health care providers about the CPAP machine recall, the Philips manufacturing facility was inspected in August 2021. The FDA determined that the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used in certain CPAP machines, as well as ventilators and BiPAP machines, was defective. The foam was originally placed in the devices to reduce sound.
The breakdown of the defective foam caused debris to enter the air pathway of the machines – where, unfortunately, machine users inhaled the potentially hazardous debris. In some cases, the side effects of inhaling this toxic debris were severe and potentially life-threatening.
What Philips Machines Were Recalled?
Not all Philips CPAP machines were part of the recall. In all, 20 Philips products were deemed unsafe – 13 of them were CPAP and BiPAP devices, while the other seven were ventilators.
The recalled machines include:
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
- A-Series BiPAP A 30
- A-Series BiPAP A 40
- A-Series Hybrid BiPAP A30
- C-Series ASV
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- DreamStation GO CPAP
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
- OmniLab Advanced+
- REMStar SE Auto CPAP
- SystemOne ASV4
- SystemOne (Q series)
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
What Should I Do if I Used One of These Machines?
The best thing you can do if you used a recalled CPAP or other machine is to seek advice from your health care provider.
For many sleep apnea patients, a CPAP machine is essential to their health. Stopping your use of the device without consulting a physician first could result in other serious health complications. Your health care provider can explain your options and ensure that your treatment continues as necessary.
Be sure to keep your machine as evidence if you decide to pursue a lawsuit. If you live in Los Angeles and were diagnosed with a life-threatening illness or are experiencing symptoms after using a recalled CPAP machine, our mass tort attorneys can fight for compensation on your behalf.
How Our Lawyers Can Help You
You should not have to suffer because a manufacturer provided you with a product that was supposed to improve your health but did the exact opposite. KJT Law Group can review your case and help you determine the best path forward, which may include joining the mass tort lawsuit against Philips.
Our mass tort lawyers in Los Angeles have the experience necessary to handle your case. In fact, we have helped our clients recover damages from some of the biggest companies in the country.
Some of our previous mass tort and class-action settlements include:
- $6,900,000 recovered for employees of a nationwide department store
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What Health Issues Can Arise After Using a Recalled Philips CPAP Machine?
There are a variety of health issues that can arise after using one of the recalled Philips CPAP machines. These concerns range from mild to life-threatening.
After inhaling the toxic PE-PUR foam particles, you could experience side effects such as:
- Pressure in your chest
- Asthma attacks
If you do not have a history of these ailments and begin experiencing them after using a Philips CPAP machine, it is critical that you seek medical attention right away. Speaking with your health care provider about your symptoms could prevent a more serious illness from forming.
Philips CPAP Machines and Cancer
Due to the PE-PUR foam particles expelled by your Philips CPAP machine, you may also be at greater risk for various cancers that affect different parts of the body. These include:
- Lung cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Prostate cancer
Other Diseases and Conditions Caused by Defective CPAP Machines
Cancer is not the only disease associated with the recalled Philips CPAP machines. The FDA has done extensive research on the negative effects of inhaling sound abatement foam. After inhalation occurs, you could face severe respiratory illnesses, such as pneumonia, asthma, or dyspnea (difficult or labored breathing), or other long-term damage.
There have also been instances of hypersensitive reactions to the PE-PUR foam particles, such as allergic reactions. These severe reactions can be immediately life-threatening, and anyone experiencing a severe allergic reaction should seek medical help right away. Even if you have a milder allergic response, you should still inform your health care provider to prevent any future issues.
If you experience any of the above illnesses or symptoms after using a Philips CPAP machine, contact our mass tort attorneys in LA as soon as possible.
Get Help From Our LA Mass Tort Attorneys Today
If you live in Los Angeles and were injured after using one of the recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator machines, contact KJT Law Group today. We offer free consultations to learn more about your case and plan your next steps.
We can help you become part of the mass tort lawsuit in Philips and reach the settlement you deserve for the harm done to you. Do not be intimidated by the size of Philips or any other manufacturer – you have legal options, and our mass tort attorneys in LA are here to guide you through them.
KJT Law Group works on a contingency basis, which means you pay no upfront costs or attorney’s fees unless we win your case. To get started, call us today at (818) 507-8525 for your free case review.