Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuit

Philips Respironics has recalled a variety of their mechanical ventilators, BiPAP machines and CPAP machines due to potential health risks — ranging from organ injuries and several types of cancer — associated with components of the product that break down, exposing users to potential carcinogens in the process.

If you’ve used a Philips sleep apnea device and experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation through a Philips CPAP recall lawsuit. Get in touch with us today to learn how Simmons Hanly Conroy may be able to help with your case.

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About the Philips Respironics Recall June 2021

In June 2021, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary recall of BiPAP and CPAP machines, as well as mechanical ventilators, due to health risks that include lung cancer and other potentially life-threatening injuries.

The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam that’s used to reduce sound and vibration in these devices has been found to:

  • Break down into black particles that can enter the airway of the device and be swallowed
  • Expose the user to dangerous carcinogenic chemicals

The Philips Respironics recall in 2021 affects the following types of sleep apnea machines:

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

Philips CPAP and BiPAP Recall 2021 List

The recalled models of Philips BiPAP and CPAP machines include:

  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • Dorma 400 and Dorma 500
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation Go
  • DreamStation ST and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+
  • REMstar SE Auto
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • System One (Q-Series)

Nearly 80% of the 3-4 million recalled Philips devices were CPAP machines — with first-generation DreamStation machines composing the bulk of the recall.

Recalled Philips Respiratory Machines and Ventilators

The following models of Philips breathing machines and continuous ventilators were recalled:

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

Health Risks of Philips Sleep Apnea Machines

Exposure to the black debris and dangerous chemicals that are released when the sound abatement foam in Philips sleep apnea machines breaks down can cause a range of serious health issues and injuries, including:

  • Serious respiratory conditions
  • Cancer (particularly in the kidneys, liver and lungs)
  • Kidney disease or failure
  • Kidney, liver or lung injuries

If you’ve suffered any of the serious health issues above after using a Philips sleep apnea device, you may be entitled to compensation from a Philips CPAP lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options.

Philips CPAP Recall Symptoms of Exposure

Less severe symptoms of exposure to these dangerous chemicals can include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Cough and chest pressure
  • Headaches or dizziness
  • Sinus infections
  • Upper airway irritation and inflammation

If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms after using a Philips sleep apnea machine, you may want to consult a medical professional.

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Who Can File a Philips CPAP Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to pursue compensation through a Philips CPAP lawsuit if you or your loved one:

  • Used a Philips brand ventilator, BiPAP or CPAP machine
  • Suffered an injury as a result of using the machine

Still not sure if you’re eligible? Let us know what’s going on and we’ll let you know if we’re able to help with your case — at no cost to you.

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How to File a Philips CPAP Lawsuit

When you work with Simmons Hanly Conroy, your legal team can handle every step of the legal process for you and your family — at no out-of-pocket cost.

In general, the lawsuit process may include your legal team:

  • Determining your eligibility to take legal action
  • Gathering all of the evidence needed to build a strong case
  • Filing the Philips CPAP machine lawsuit on your behalf
  • Negotiating a Philips CPAP lawsuit settlement with the defendant
  • Presenting your case in court, where a judge and/or a jury may render a verdict

Seek Compensation and Justice With Simmons Hanly Conroy

As a national personal injury law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy is proud to help clients across the country:

  • Hold the manufacturers of dangerous medical devices accountable
  • Seek justice for their injuries
  • Pursue financial compensation for medical care and more

For over 20 years, we’ve used our resources to help thousands of injured clients nationwide stand up and speak out against the companies that wronged them — at no out-of-pocket cost.

If you’ve used a Philips CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator machine and later experienced any of the side effects listed on this page, contact us today to learn more about how we may be able to help you.

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Philips CPAP Lawsuit FAQs

Can I file a Philips CPAP recall lawsuit?

The easiest way to determine if you’re eligible to file a Philips CPAP recall lawsuit is to fill out our contact form. Once you tell us more about your situation, a member of our team can review those details and reach out to you as soon as possible to discuss your potential legal options.

When should I file a Philips CPAP lawsuit?

It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible due to state laws called statutes of limitations that limit how long you have to take legal action. Because these time restraints vary from state to state, it can be difficult to determine how long you have to file without experienced legal help.

Once the deadline passes, you won’t have the opportunity to file a Philips CPAP lawsuit again.

How much do lawyers for Philips CPAP machine lawsuits cost?

At Simmons Hanly Conroy, our lawyers work on what’s known as a contingency basis, which means there are no out-of-pocket fees to work with us. We only get paid if you do.

What machines were affected by the Philips Respironics recall in 2021?

The recalled Philips Respironics sleep and respiratory care devices include:

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

The above list includes a mix of Philips mechanical ventilators, BiPAP machines and CPAP machines.

Why were Philips CPAP machines recalled?

Philips CPAP machines, as well as certain BiPAP machines and ventilators, were recalled after the sound reducing foam used in the devices was found to break down. Foam degradation can release black debris into the device’s airway and can expose the user to potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

If you used a Philips sleep apnea device and experienced organ damage or certain cancers, you may be eligible for compensation from a CPAP lawsuit. Learn more about your potential legal options today.

Can the Philips CPAP machine cause lung cancer?

Potentially, yes — the foam used in Philips ventilators, BiPAP machines and CPAP machines is meant to make the machine quieter. However, the foam can break down during use and expose the user to chemicals that, when swallowed or inhaled, can cause cancer and other health issues.

If you used a Philips CPAP machine and experienced cancer, lung problems or other injuries as a result, you may be able to pursue compensation through a Philips CPAP lawsuit. Contact Simmons Hanly Conroy today to learn more about your legal options.

What is the difference between CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines?

CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines are all different types of respiratory care devices used to help patients with breathing disorders. Predominantly used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP machines utilize pressurized air to keep the airway open and free from obstruction during sleep.

BiPAP machines, on the other hand, are used in cases of central sleep apnea, when a CPAP machine may not be effective for or tolerated by the patient. BiPAP machines utilize two different pressures — one for inhalation and one for exhalation.

Finally, ventilators are often used to help treat severe COPD at home or to help support patients who can’t breathe on their own in hospital settings.

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