Millions of Americans rely on CPAP, BiPap and ASV machines to treat their obstructive sleep apnea to breathe better at night. While they have proven to be an effective treatment for this issue, Philips, a major manufacturer, has recalled multiple models because of defects in the products’ sound abatement foam. Unfortunately it breaks down and can emit harmful gases like benzene, formaldehyde, methylene chlorine and/or other volatile organic compounds. Some users have even reported finding particles and black debris in the air circuits of their machines. Particles can also get into a user’s airways potentially resulting in serious injuries and or death.
If you or your loved one have been diagnosed with leukemia, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and or other cancers of the brain, bladder, blood, breast, kidney, liver, lung, lymph nodes, nose, prostate, rectal, spleen, stomach, testicles and or thyroid after use of these machines for a period of at least six months, there may be a potential personal injury claim against Philips due to their defective medical devices. Please be aware that The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. is also accepting various non-cancer cases for users that are suffering from respiratory problems including asthma, hyper/hypo thyroid disease, kidney/liver disease/damage, lung disease, pulmonary edema and or fibrosis. Accordingly, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. right away. Our firm and co-counsel are currently reviewing potential claims against Philips nationwide for their defective and recalled sleep apnea respiration devices. We can help educate and inform you about the
Philips announced a voluntary recall of a number of different models of their CPAP/BiPAP/ASV machines on June 14, 2021, including continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, bi-level positive airway pressure (Bi-Level PAP) devices, and (ASV) mechanical ventilators. The affected devices use a sound abatement foam called PE-PUR to make them run quieter. Unfortunately, however, the foam contains a defect that can result in it breaking down into toxic particles and noxious gases. These potentially carcinogenic substances can then be inhaled and or ingested by users. The devices in the recall include machines in the first generation of the DreamStation product line. The potential effects of foam degradation were first reported by Philips in its first quarterly report during the spring of 2021. After several complaints and subsequent testing, they determined that the foam could break down into particles or off-gas toxic chemicals.
According to Philips, improper cleaning methods can also further the degradation of the foam. Other factors include temperature and climate, including high heat and humidity in the areas where the devices are stored, To make matters worse, in its user manuals for the first generation ventilators (ASV machines), Bi-PAPs, and CPAPs, Philips did not even warn customers about these potential risks!
The following Philips devices have been recalled:
According to Philips, people who use or have used its recalled devices might suffer from the following conditions because of degradation of the noise cancelling foam:
If you or a loved one developed cancer and or suffered from one of the other medical conditions outlined in this article, including asthma and other respiratory problems after the use of a recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP or ASV machine for at least 6 months, the following types of compensation may be available to you:
If you’ve been injured because of a defective Philips CPAP, BiPAP or ASV device, first speak to your doctor immediately about the injuries and treatment. Second, report the issue to Philips at (877) 907-7508 to confirm that it is part of the recall and arrange for a replacement machine, but do not return the original is it could be used later as evidence. Afterwards, contact the legal team at The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. Evan has more than 28 years of experience fighting for the rights of people who have been injured by defective products and other types of negligence. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation. That means there are no attorney’s fees or costs unless there is a settlement or court award. In fact, your medical records can be obtained by us to help with the claim investigation. Call us at (866) I SUE YOU, (866) 478-3968, (866) BAD RXRX, (866) 223-7979. Let us focus on the case so you can concentrate on your health. There is nothing to lose. We are here to help!
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