Philips CPAP Machine
Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit
Patients who developed lung injuries or cancer after being using a Philips CPAP machine may be eligible to pursue a claim and seek financial compensation.
The Philips CPAP machine is used by individuals who suffer from sleep apnea, a sleep disorder where breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Numerous CPAP machines and ventilators were recalled by Philips due to issues with foam disintegration. Chemicals from the foam cause users to ingest and inhale toxic and possibly carcinogenic particles which cause serious health issues such as cancer. As a result, patients and their families have filed lawsuits against Philips for failing to warn users of the health risks involved in using their devices.
If you or a loved one used a Philips CPAP machine and developed lung problems and/or cancer, contact Maxwell Law Group LLP today. We can answer your questions and review your case for free.
What is the Philips CPAP Machine?
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are prescribed to individuals who are suffering from sleep apnea, a sleep condition where a person randomly and repeatedly stops and starts breathing throughout the sleep cycle. It uses a mask or nosepiece to provide constant and steady airflow.
Philips Respironics has a variety of CPAP machine models and is one of the most prescribed CPAP therapy systems for treating sleep apnea in the US, catering to 62.8% of the airflow system market in 2020.
Philips CPAP Machine Quick Facts
Respiration therapy system for sleep apnea
Lung injuries and cancer
How Does the Philips CPAP Machine Work?
CPAP machines deliver a steady flow of air through a tube connected from the machine to a mask worn by the user during sleep. The machine creates pressure in the airway so it remains open and the delivery of air to the user is consistent and continuous. A sleep specialist will prescribe the correct pressure for each patient based on the pressure needed to keep the airway open.
Risks and Warnings
Philips issued a public safety notice in April 2021 warning their CPAP machine and ventilator users of the potential health risks identified in a foam component of the machine called polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR).
PE-PUR foam is used to lessen the sound vibration of the machine while in use. It does not pose any harm when intact, but when broken down, it releases black particles that are harmful to the body. These toxic particles enter the user’s system through inhalation or ingestion and cause respiratory issues, organ damage, and cancer.
On June 14, 2021, announced a voluntary recall of its CPAP machines and ventilators. It is estimated that 80% of the 4 million devices are from the CPAP DreamStation line. The recall is due to the potential health risks PE-PUR particles pose to the users.
The following Philips machines are included in the recall announcement:
|CPAP and BiPAP Devices|
|E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)||Noncontinuous Ventilator|
|DreamStation ASV||SystemOne (Q-Series)|
|DreamStation ST, AVAPS||DreamStation|
|SystemOne ASV4||DreamStation Go|
|C-Series ASV||Dorma 400|
|C-Series S/T and AVAPS||Dorma 500|
|Dorma CPAP||REMstar SE Auto|
|Trilogy 100||A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto|
|Trilogy 200||A-Series BiPAP A40|
|Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent||A-Series BiPAP A30|
Injuries from Philips CPAP Machine
Potential health risks of inhaling or ingesting the disintegrated foam component PE-PUR from Philips CPAP machines include:
- Respiratory issues
- Sinus infection
- Airway inflammation and irritation
- Unusual chest pressure
- Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Respiratory failure
- Organ damage particularly in the lungs, liver, and kidneys
- Various types of cancer
Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuits
The earliest Paraquat lawsuits were filed in 2016. These lawsuits allege that Syngenta and Chevron Chemical Company USA failed to warn the public about the increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease from Paraquat exposure, and that the product is defective. Many of the plaintiffs are agricultural workers, licensed applicators, landscapers, and people who are located near areas that are regularly treated with Paraquat who developed Parkinson’s disease.
In June 2021, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has ordered the consolidation of all Paraquat lawsuits into multidistrict litigation (MDL). There are currently 90 Paraquat lawsuits filed across state and federal courts from agricultural workers, their families, and other individuals who developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to Paraquat.
How Maxwell Law Group Can Help
If you or your loved one developed lung problems or cancer after using a Philips CPAP machine, Maxwell Law Group can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call (844) 525-7155 or fill out the form below take the first step in protecting your rights.
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