Philips CPAP Lawsuits
- Do you have obstructive sleep apnea or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?
- Were you prescribed a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine to treat a breathing disorder?
- Have you been diagnosed with cancer, heart disease, or lung injuries?
The Herrera Law Firm is actively reviewing cases on behalf of people who may have been harmed by defective Philips CPAP and BiPAP devices. You have legal recourse, and we can help you file a CPAP claim or take other legal action against the manufacturer. You can learn your legal options in a free consultation with a CPAP injury attorney today.
Understanding the safety hazard
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines are medical devices used to treat certain airflow blockage disorders that can cause breathing problems during sleep. Specifically, these devices are often prescribed for people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD or emphysema). The devices work by delivering a stream of pressurized, purified air into the nose and mouth during sleep, keeping the airways open and allowing the patient to breathe normally.
The safety hazard in Philips CPAP and BiPAP devices comes from the polyester-based polyurethane foam (PE-PUR) that is used to reduce the vibrations and sound created by the machine during operation. This foam can break down and enter the air pathway, putting the user at risk of inhaling or swallowing dangerous chemicals that can cause serious complications.
Health issues caused by defective CPAP and BiPAP devices
Ingesting the polyester-based polyurethane foam can cause numerous serious health complications, including:
- Lung, kidney, colon, or liver cancer
- Heart attack, heart failure, or stroke
- Pneumonia, respiratory failure, respiratory infection, and other lung injuries
- Severe liver or kidney disease
In June 2021, Philips issued a recall for several of its ventilators and CPAP and BiPAP devices because of these safety concerns. As of September 2021, the recalled systems include:
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
CPAP and BiLevel PAP Devices
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- SystemOne ASV4
- C Series S/T, AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced Plus
- System One 50 series
- System One 60 series
- DreamStation CPAP, AutoCPAP, BiPAP
- DreamStation GO CPAP, APAP, Auto CPAP
You can view the current recall list on the Philips website.
What to do if you’ve been prescribed an affected device
First, do not discontinue use of the device without talking to your doctor first. These devices are dangerous, but untreated OSA or COPD is also dangerous. See your doctor as soon as possible to discuss the potential risks and determine appropriate next steps.
Second, get legal advice as soon as possible. The long-term costs of cancer, heart disease, lung injuries, and other severe complications can be substantial. In a CPAP lawsuit, you can pursue compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs.
We’re fighting to hold defective medical device manufacturers accountable and help injured patients get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced CPAP injury lawyer.