Were You Affected by an Allegedly Defective Respiratory Aid?
Philips Respironics is facing a class-action lawsuit concerning approximately 3.5 million of its DreamStation CPAP machines and BI-PAP machines and ventilators. The machines are allegedly defective such that their sound-dampening foam may degrade over time and release particles and toxic chemicals directly into the air pathways of users.
Although Philips Respironics issued a recall on June 14, class-action lawsuits are still being filed against the company. If you believe you were affected by a defective Philips CPAP machine, we at Morris, Andrews, Talmadge & Driggers, LLC may be able to help. Our Philips CPAP machine attorneys in Alabama can evaluate your claim during a confidential consultation and help you explore legal options that may be available to you. With our assistance, you may be able to recover compensation for using a potentially defective product.
For more information and to schedule your consultation, please reach out to us online or call (888) 694-0174 today.
Which Philips Respironics Products Are Allegedly Defective?
Currently, Philips Respironics is facing a class-action lawsuit over its DreamStation CPAP machines and Bi-PAP machines and ventilators. Altogether, nearly 3.5 million devices are allegedly defective.
How Are These Products Allegedly Defective?
The alleged issue with the affected products concerns sound and vibration-dampening foam. This polyester-based polyurethane foam – known as PE-PUR sound abatement foam – is allegedly liable to break down and release toxic chemicals and particles directly into the air pathways of people using the devices.
What Is the Health Risk Once Foam Particles Enter the Body?
There is concern that after PE-PUR foam particles enter the user’s body, they will continue to degrade until they enter the user’s bloodstream. Should this occur, the toxic chemicals in the foam particles could reach organs and other parts of the body.
There is also concern that once the body identifies the PER-PUR foam particles, it will attempt to encapsulate them. This could increase the risk of developing cancer.
Contact an attorney if you develop any of the following conditions and believe a recalled Philips Respironics machine could be at fault:
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Heat Attack, Stroke, or Heart Failure
- Respiratory Failure
Should I Stop Using My Philips Respironics Device?
If you use a device that that is included in the Philips Respironics recall, the company advises that you consult with your doctor to determine if you should continue using it.
How Many People Have Been Affected by Foam Degradation?
At this time, Philips Respironics has not received any reports of foam degradation affecting users of any machines included in its recall. Despite this, the company said it’s willing to offer replacements.
Should I Contact a Lawyer?
If you develop lung cancer, a lung injury, and/or pulmonary fibrosis after using a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine subject to the recall and manufactured before April 26, 2021, you should consult with an attorney. You may be entitled to seek financial compensation as a result of illness or injury caused by a defective device.
At MATD, we can help you pursue damages if you believe you were adversely impacted by a defective Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine. If you wish to discuss your claim with one of our attorneys, reach out to us today and ask to schedule a confidential consultation.
Get in touch with us today by submitting an online contact form or by calling (888) 694-0174.