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Philips CPAP Recall Lawsuit Attorneys

August 2, 2021

If you or a loved one used a Philips CPAP or BiPAP device and developed serious health complications, please contact the product liability attorneys at Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C. for a free case review. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer and recover significant compensation.

Philips Issues a Class 1 Recall for the devices

On June 14th, 2021, Philips Respironics issued a voluntary class 1 recall (the most serious type of recall) for a whole host of CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilator models after a design defect was found that can cause users to respirate or ingest degraded polyurethane foam and other harmful chemicals. Prolonged exposure can lead to significant adverse health complications, including cancer.

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According to Philips, exposure to degraded polyester-based polyurethane foam (PE-PUR):

‘Possible health risks include exposure to degraded sound abatement foam, for example, caused by unapproved cleaning methods such as ozone, and exposure to chemical emissions from the foam material. High heat and high humidity environments may also contribute to foam degradation in certain regions… The potential risks of degraded foam exposure include: Irritation (skin, eye, and respiratory tract), inflammatory response, headache, asthma, adverse effects to other organs (e.g. kidneys and liver) and toxic carcinogenic affects. “

What is Polyester-Based Polyurethane Foam? What are the Health Risks?

Polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) is a sound abatement foam used by Philips to reduce sound and vibration in these certain CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices. The foam in the affected devices may:

  • Degrade into small particles that can be respirated or swallowed by users
  • Off-gas and release potentially carcinogenic chemicals into the airways of users.

These issues can result in serious, potentially life-threatening, injury, lead to permanent impairment, and require medical treatment to prevent permanent damage.

Immediate risks of PE-PUR particulate exposure and off-gassing chemicals can be:

  • Cough
  • Chest Pressure
  • Sinus Infection
  • Headache
  • Upper Airway Irritation
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Hypersensitivity

However, the prolonged exposure has also been linked to toxic and carcinogenic effects including:

  • Cancer
  • Organ Failure
  • Sudden Respiratory Failure leading to heart failure

What Devices are Affected by the Recall and are Potentially Dangerous?

The sweeping voluntary recall by Philips Respironics has affected as many as 4 million CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator devices.  The recall affects all serial numbers of the devices listed below manufactured between 2009 and April 26th, 2021:

CPAP and BiPAP Devices

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use

  • E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)

Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting

  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C-Series ASV
  • C-Series S/T and AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced+

Noncontinuous Ventilator

  • SystemOne (Q-Series)
  • DreamStation
  • DreamStation Go
  • Dorma 400
  • Dorma 500
  • REMstar SE Auto

Ventilator Devices

Continuous Ventilator

  • Trilogy 100
  • Trilogy 200
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use

  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30 (not marketed in US)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto

Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting

  • A-Series BiPAP A40
  • A-Series BiPAP A30

Why File a CPAP Recall Lawsuit?

Product liability and dangerous medical device lawsuits are typically handled as Multi-District Litigation (MDL). Because these products injure a large group of people, MDLs allow the courts to consolidate the cases and expedite the process. However, each case is treated as a separate action – unlike Class Actions where the cases are combined and tried as a group. A successful CPAP recall lawsuit can help those affected by these devices recover compensation for their losses. This includes financial compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium or quality of life, lost wages, and the ability to earn future wages.

While litigation in these cases is still in it’s very early stages, reports indicate that consumers have been making complaints about the devices for years. If it can be proven that Philips Respironics was aware of the safety issue and did nothing to protect consumers, courts may award punitive damages to plaintiffs.

Call Gary C. Johnson Attorneys at Law P.S.C. Today

At Gary C. Johnson Attorneys at Law P.S.C., we understand how difficult and confusing these situations can be.  If you have been seriously injured, you may not know where to to turn, or even what caused your injury.  If you used any of the devices listed above and feel like something isn’t right, please, contact our office today for a free and confidential case evaluation.  We can help you make sense of your situation, review your medical records and develop a strategy to recover the compensation that you and your family need.