Philip’s CPAP Recall Lawsuits
Posted on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at 10:46 pm
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a common medical device used at home. A bilevel positive airway pressure, or BiPAP machine, is another less common device. CPAP and BiPAP machines treat breathing problems like sleep apnea, which affect 3-7% of the population. CPAP machines offer continuous airflow through the nose and/or mouth, which helps the patient sleep better. Even more importantly, however, a CPAP reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack, or low blood pressure.
Recently, Philips Respironics has come under scrutiny after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of thousands of CPAP and BiPAP machines. Popular Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines are being recalled due to the soundproofing foam in the machines breaking down and potentially entering the device air pathway. As a result, users could inhale toxic chemicals like polyurethane, diethlyene glycol, and volatile organic compounds.
Lawsuits are already being filed by Philips CPAP users. There are numerous individual lawsuits and at least one class action lawsuit. It is unlikely that the momentum will stop any time soon. If your law firm is interested in acquiring Philips CPAP lawsuit clients, you should act quickly to get ahead of the curve. Patients injured by defective CPAP machines may qualify for compensation and will be seeking the help of a skilled law firm.
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Claims Asserted in Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuits
Plaintiffs suing Philips are doing so under products liability laws. Plaintiffs assert the following claims:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Failure to warn
- Breach of express warranty
- Breach of implied warranty
These lawsuits claim that Philips knew the foam had potential to degrade, but failed to warn consumers. Lawsuits claim that Philips either concealed the risk, or ignored it.
The Philips CPAP and BiPAP recall affects more than four million devices. They were available in hospitals and for at-home use by millions of consumers. Because of the nature of the potential injuries, it is almost certain that the influx of lawsuits will result in mass tort litigation.
Plaintiffs’ law firms will be an asset to injured consumers who have a right to demand Philips be held accountable. If even a fraction of consumers affected by the recall develop serious illness due to these devices, the resulting litigation could be among the biggest in mass tort history.
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Why are Philips CPAP Machines Being Recalled?
The Philips CPAP and BiPAP recall follows evidence that portions of the device can degrade and break down. More specifically, the soundproofing foam inside the unit can bread down and tiny particles can enter the air pathway. The specialized foam is made from polyester-based polyurethane, which can be toxic if ingested.
Lawsuits claim that consumers have been harmed while using the machines, or while cleaning them. Victims claim they have developed severe lung damage from foam particles released by the device during use or cleaning. The chemicals in the soundproofing foam are carcinogenic, meaning they may cause cancer.
With no filter to prevent particles from reaching the user’s airways and lungs, patients are also at risk for medical conditions including:
- Lung damage
- Kidney or liver damage
- Inflammation of the airways
- Skin, eye, and nose irritation
According to plaintiffs in the class action lawsuit against Philips, the manufacturer knew about the risk of harmful particles reaching the patient for years, but failed to take action to correct the defect.
Philips CPAP and BiPAP Recall Information
Not all CPAP and BiPAP machines manufactured by Philips are being recalled. There is an impressive list of affected models, however, including:
- A-Series BiBAP A30
- A-Series BiBAP Hybrid A30
- A-Series BiBAP A40
- A-Series BiBAP V30 AutoVentilator
- C-Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
- Dorma 400, 500 CPAP
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
- DreamStation Go CPAP, APAP
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- E30 (under emergency use authorization)
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
- OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
- REMStar SE AutoCPAP
- SystemOne ASV4
- SystemOne Q Series
- Trilogy 100Ventilator
- Trilogy 200Ventilator
Any of these devices manufactured between April 11, 2007 and April 22, 2021 are included in the recall. The machines were distributed between July 21, 2009 and April 22, 2021.
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