CASE ALERT: Philips Respironics Ventilator, BiPAP, and CPAP
Our team of attorneys is currently investigating claims that ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines made by Philips Respironics may be linked to lung injuries and cancer.
What We Know About the Recall
On June 30, 2021, a recall notice was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for several models of ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines manufactured by Philips Respironics. According to the initial recall announcement, “The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam, which is used to reduce sound and vibration in these affected devices, may break down and potentially enter the device’s air pathway. If this occurs, black debris from the foam or certain chemicals released into the device’s air pathway may be inhaled or swallowed by the person using the device.”
Philips issued a letter to customers on June 14, 2021 addressing the recall. In the letter, they describe the damage the foam debris and chemicals can cause to the user’s health: “These issues can result in serious injury which can be life-threatening, cause permanent impairment, and/or require medical intervention to preclude permanent impairment. To date, Philips Respironics has received several complaints regarding the presence of black debris/particles within the airpath circuit (extending from the device outlet, humidifier, tubing, and mask). Philips also has received reports of headache, upper airway irritation, cough, chest pressure and sinus infection.” Additional symptoms of particulate exposure are listed below.
The FDA released an updated recall notice on July 22, 2021 that identifies this as a Class I Recall. According to the notice, “The FDA has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death.” The recalled devices were manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021 and include the DreamStation, DreamStation Go, DreamStation ASV, A-Series BiPAP A40 and A30, and Dorma 400 and 500, among others.
According to the July 2021 FDA recall announcement, exposure to particulate debris and chemicals can cause the following symptoms:
- Skin, eye, or respiratory irritation
- Nausea & vomiting
- Adverse effects to other organs
- Carcinogenic effects
Recoverable Compensation in a Philips CPAP Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were affected by the Philips Respironics recall, you may be eligible to participate in a lawsuit against EMBLEM S-ICD’s manufacturers and sellers. If you hire ASK LLP, we may seek the following damages for you:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Past and future wage loss
- Past and future loss of earning capacity
- Past and future loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages, if justified
Why You Should Choose ASK LLP
When you get hurt after using a medical device, you may not know what to do. After all, the medical device industry is a large and powerful one. We are here to help. Our experienced legal team has a strong track record of fighting—and winning—medical device cases. If you hire us, know that we will fight tirelessly to get you the best possible result.