Philips Respironics, a medical device manufacturer, announced on June 14, 2021, a recall of many CPAP machines and BI-PAP ventilators. Respectively, these devices were used to treat sleep apnea and respiratory failure. The company identified a common risk in as many as 3.5 million machines concerning the sound dampening material. Over time, this material could break down and enter the air pathways of patients, exposing them to toxic substances in the process.
Now, Philips Respironics is facing lawsuits nationwide from those who became injured or ill as a result of using these defective devices. Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. is prepared to help our clients with their claims if they experienced adverse health consequences as a result of using a CPAP or BI-PAP device named in the recall. Pursuing your claim can mean winning compensation to cover damages you or your loved ones incurred as a result of using these machines.
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The reported defect in Philips Respironics’ devices concerns a polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam, which reduced the sound the machine makes. The company revealed that this foam breaks down over time and may get inhaled or ingested by a patient. The foam particles are additionally problematic because they contain volatile organic compounds that can adversely affect organ function or even cause cancer.
Symptoms of exposure to the machines’ foam can include the following:
Exposure to toxic chemicals emitted by these particles can cause these symptoms as well as nausea and hypersensitivity.
Lawsuits against the company allege that it had information about the devices’ potential to cause harm, yet it failed to provide customers with adequate warning.
There are two different types of machines produced by Philips Respironics that are subject to its recall. These include a series of CPAP machines used to treat sleep apnea and a series of BI-PAP machines that were used to treat respiratory failure.
The affected CPAP models include the following:
• Dreamstation (First Generation Product Family)
• OmniLab Advanced Plus
• Dorma 400
• Dorma 500
• REMStar SE Auto
The affected BI-PAP models include the following:
• Trilogy 100
• Trilogy 200
• Garbin Plus
Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. is helping clients with product liability claims concerning Philips Respironics’ allegedly defective CPAP and BI-PAP machines. If you or a loved one was using one of the devices named in the recall and developed adverse health effects like those described above, don’t hesitate to contact our attorneys to learn more about your legal options.
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