Philips CPAP Lawsuits
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Is your Philips machine one of the millions of devices affected?
Every night, millions of people rely on Philips CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines to keep breathing safely — as many as 2 million people in the US alone. But in June 2021, Philips issued an urgent recall of over 4 million of its CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines, and the FDA has classified this recall as a Class I recall – the most serious kind of recall possible.
Why? Because these devices may be sending toxic chemicals and particles of foam directly into patients’ lungs while they sleep. These toxic chemicals and foam particles have been linked to cancer, lung damage, difficulty breathing, kidney disease and many other serious illnesses.
If you have used one of these devices and later been diagnosed with any of the illnesses below, you could be eligible for compensation.
How could my machine be making me sick?
Your machine pumps a steady flow of air through your face mask to help relieve your breathing problems, like sleep apnea. To keep your machine quiet, this air is first pumped through a PE-PUR (Polyester-based polyurethane) foam inside your machine, which muffles the noise and vibration. From there, the air is pumped directly into your facemask, where you breathe it in. This PE-PUR foam is the problem: in the affected Philips machines, the foam is degrading (breaking down) in two important ways:
- The foam breaks down physically into small particles. You might have seen some of these small black particles coming out of your machine as you cleaned it. You may be swallowing or inhaling these particles as you breathe.
- The foam gives off toxic chemicals as it breaks down. This process is sometimes known as “off-gassing”. Some of these chemicals have been linked by multiple studies to serious illnesses and are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents).
What symptoms and illnesses can the foam cause?
People who have inhaled the toxic gases released by PE-PUR foam report:
- Irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and respiratory tract
- Sinus infection
- Difficulty breathing
Worse, many patients go on to be diagnosed with even more serious, long-term illnesses after using their Philips CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines for 6 months or longer.
People exposed to these toxic gases — also sometimes called VOCs (volatile organic compounds) — given off by the foam risk developing
- Kidney damage or failure
- Autoimmune disorders
- Heart failure
Is My Machine Affected?
The recall affects multiple models of Philips CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines manufactured between April 2007 and April 2021. Check this list of affected devices to see if your machine is being recalled:
|Type of Device||Models Recalled|
(Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
(Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure)
· DreamStation ASV
· DreamStation ST, AVAPS
· SystemOne ASV4
· C-Series ASV
· C-Series ASV
· C-Series S/T and AVAPS
· OmniLab Advanced+
· SystemOne (Q-series)
· DreamStation Go
· Dorma 400
· Dorma 500
· REMstar SE Auto
· Trilogy 100
· Trilogy 200
· Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
· A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
(this machine is not marketed in the US)
· A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
· A-Series BiPAP A40
· A-Series BiPAP A30
Do I qualify for a Philips CPAP lawsuit?
It is very likely you may qualify for a Philips CPAP lawsuit if:
- You are not a current smoker
- Your Philips CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator machine is one of the models listed above
- You used your machine for 6 months or longer
- You were diagnosed with one of the following illnesses AFTER using your Philips CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator machine for 6 months or longer:
- Lung Cancer
- Nasal Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Stomach Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Lymphatic Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney Disease
- Respiratory Disease
- Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
Call 1-800-726-6326 to have our knowledgeable team evaluate your potential case at no cost to you — your consultation is absolutely free, with no obligations. You will pay nothing out of pocket for your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay!
What should I do with my machine?
- Register your recalled Philips machine on the Philips website.
- Call your doctor immediately to ask if you should stop using your unit.
- Reach out to your insurer and healthcare provider about getting a replacement unit or having the defective foam in your unit replaced. According to the FDA, Philips is carrying out a Repair and Replacement program to switch out the foam in some affected devices.
- STOP using ozone-related cleaning products on your machine. Ozone cleaning products can break the foam down faster.
- Don’t throw your Philips device away, even if your doctor tells you to stop using it, since you may need to preserve it as evidence. If you are asked to return your machine so you can have it repaired or replaced, take photos of the unit and the serial number so you can keep them for your records. They may be needed for your potential lawsuit.
A class action lawsuit was filed in June 2021 in federal court in Massachusetts, and thousands have already reached out to seek legal advice as more patients learn every day that they have been affected.
If you or a loved one used a recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP or ventilator machine and became ill, call 1-800-726-6326 or click below to start your completely free case evaluation. You may be able to get compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and potential lost wages if your illness prevents you from working.
Remember that there are statutes of limitations which may limit the amount of time you have to file a claim. Protect your rights today.
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