Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit

Philips Respironics has recalled millions of CPAP, BIPAP, and ventilator machines because of a defective component that could cause lung injury and cancer. You might be eligible to file a Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit if you or a loved one suffered any injuries or complications potentially associated with this defect.

Philips CPAP Machine Recall Lawyer

The medical device lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating this issue and would like to hear from anyone who experienced the following injuries or complications after using a Philips CPAP machine, BiPAP machine, or ventilator included in the recall:

  • Cancer
  • Sudden Respiratory Failure (Leading to Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Organ Damage, or Other Injury)
  • Lung Damage
  • New or Worsening Asthma
  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  • Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)

To learn more about filing a Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit, please fill out our online form or call (888) 994-5118 to connect with one of our attorneys today.

What Was the Philips CPAP Machine Recall About?

In June 2021, Philips Respironics recalled an estimated 4 million CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices because of a potential risk of airway contamination, chemical exposure, and possible cancer. Specific devices affected by the Philips CPAP Machine Recall included:

Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting

  • DreamStation ASV
  • DreamStation ST, AVAPS
  • SystemOne ASV4
  • C Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device

Non-continuous Ventilator

  • SystemOne Q series
  • DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
  • DreamStation Go CPAP, APAP
  • Dorma 400, 500 CPAP
  • REMStar SE Auto CPAP

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use

  • E30 (Under Emergency Use Authorization)

Continuous Ventilator

  • Trilogy 100 Ventilator
  • Trilogy 200 Ventilator
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator

Continuous Ventilator, Minimum Ventilatory Support, Facility Use

  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator

According to Philips, a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used as a sound abatement component in these machines may degrade into particles, enter into the device air pathway, and be inhaled or ingested by the patient. There’s also a possibility that the foam will “off-gas” chemicals that may be toxic.

The foam degradation is apparently exacerbated by unapproved cleaning methods, including high heat, high humidity, and ozone cleaning environments.

Philips CPAP Machine Potential Health Risks

While there have not been any reports of patient deaths resulting from these issues to date, Philips has received reports of possible patient impact due to foam degradation.

Symptoms potentially associated with particulate exposure include:

  • Headache
  • Irritation
  • Inflammation
  • Respiratory issues
  • Possible toxic and carcinogenic (cancer) effects

Potential risks of chemical exposure from off-gassing include:

  • Headache
  • Irritation
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Possible toxic and carcinogenic effects.

Patients using a Philips CPAP machine for sleep apnea (either a BiPAP or CPAP) have been advised to stop using the device immediately and contact their physician to discuss the most appropriate options for continued treatment.

However, patients using the affected life-sustaining mechanical ventilators should not stop or alter their prescribed therapy until they’ve talked with their physician.

Do You Qualify to File a Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer or a serious lung injury after using a recalled Philips Respironics CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator machine, taking legal action against the company could be the only way you’ll be able to obtain fair compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium (for spouse)
  • Wrongful death (if you lost a loved one to a recall-related lung injury or cancer)

To learn if you qualify to file a Philips CPAP Machine Lawsuit, give us a call today (888) 994-5118.

The consultation is free, and because we represent all of our clients on contingency, you won’t pay any legal fees unless your case is successful and our attorneys recover compensation on your behalf.

  1. Philips Respironics (April 2021) “Medical Device recall notification (U.S. only) / field safety notice (International Markets)”
  2. FDA (June 2021) “Philips Issues a Recall Notification to Mitigate Potential Health Risks Related to the Sound Abatement Foam Component in Certain Sleep and Respiratory Care Devices.”
Last Modified: July 1, 2021

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