As Philips recall CPAP and BiPAP machines around the country, what does this mean for patients?
In a press release given on June 14, 2021, the CEO of Royal Philips said the firm ‘deeply regretted’ any threat to public safety. This came just hours after the US Food and Drug administration announced a voluntary recall of their BiPAP and CPAP machines.
When inspected, the Bilevel positive airway pressure machine and the continuous positive airway pressure machines sold by the company were found to contain carcinogenic substances, as well as other risks. It was found that the plastics used in the ventilators could potentially break down and make their way into the airways.
Patients who have inhaled or ingested parts of these machines may well be able to sue in future. If you have suffered from cancer of the airways as a result of a faulty Philips BiPAP or CPAP machine, then you could be entitled to compensation. Here’s what you need to do to prepare for a Philips CPAP lawsuit.
Which products of Philips BiPAP and CPAP machines have been recalled?
Multiple Phillips products are on the recall list as a result of the ruling by the FDA. The following products are those that are currently being recalled.
- All products made between 2019 and April 2021
- The Aeris
- BiPAP A30/A40 Series Device Models
- BiPAP V30
- C – Series ASV
- Dorma 400 and 500
- Garbin Plus
- Remstar SE Auto
- Trilogy 100 and 200
If you have been using one of these devices and you have become ill or your respiratory condition has worsened, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Try to find the receipt or invoice for your machine so that you can verify how long you have been using it for.
What’s the Risk?
The FDA has not yet categorized the risks involved. They have said that there is a significant threat to life caused by the breakdown of the foams and the chemicals produced when this happens. Exposure to these chemicals can cause irritation of the throat, nose, and lungs, can affect your livers and kidneys, and come with a warning against all forms of cancers.
What Can You Do About it?
You can start the process of finding an attorney to represent you in a lawsuit. Filing a lawsuit against the Philips brand could see you and dozens of other clients reimbursed for any medical expenses involved in your care. If your health has been significantly affected by these faulty products, your personal injury attorney will be able to get you recompense, both for your medical expenses and for your pain and suffering.
Since the product recall will leave you without any ventilation, you should speak to your healthcare provider about switching to a ventilator that is FDA approved. Although this is only a voluntary product recall, you should not continue to use your Phillips BiPAP or CPAP machines any longer.
Once you have found a lawyer and a new ventilator, it is time to file your claim for damages. Nobody should be allowed to suffer injury or death at the hands of an irresponsible company. Not in this day and age.