Users of Phillips non-invasive ventilators (CPAP and BiPAP machines) for sleep apnea and other breathing disorders have reported serious medical problems. The manufacturer, Philips Respironics, initiated a recall affecting millions of these devices after discovering that the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam used in the machines could degrade. The degraded foam can release particles or toxic chemicals directly into the users' airways, leading to various health issues. If you have been affected by one of these machines, contact a medical product liability lawyer at Schlesinger Law Offices to ensure you receive fair compensation for the damage these faulty products have caused.
Health Risks and FDA Warnings
The FDA has issued warnings regarding the recalled devices. Below are listed health risks associated with inhaling or ingesting PE-PUR particles (or fumes).
Headache / Dizziness
Irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
Hypersensitivity or another immune system reaction
Nausea or vomiting
Toxic and cancer-causing effects
The FDA's safety communication includes a list of Philips devices manufactured between 2009 and April 26, 2021, that have been recalled. Some of the recalled models are:
A-Series BiPAP A30
A-Series BiPAP A40 (ventilator)
A-Series BiPAP Hybrid A30
A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto (ventilator)
Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent (ventilator)
C-Series ASV (ventilator)
C-Series S/T and AVAPS
REMstar SE Auto
Trilogy 100 (ventilator)
DreamStation ST, AVAPS
Trilogy 200 (ventilator)
This list of recalled devices may change, and users should check with the manufacturer for information about the safety of their ventilators.
Legal Recourse and the Role of Schlesinger Law Offices
If you have been negatively impacted by a faulty Phillips ventilator, legal action may be the only way to obtain appropriate compensation and justice. One of the primary aims of pursuing a legal claim is to secure the compensation that the victim and their families require to maintain their standard of living. This can include covering medical expenses, addressing pain and suffering, and compensating for other financial hardships resulting from the damage caused by these faulty devices. The compassionate and experienced lawyers at Schlesinger Law Offices understand the intricate details of medical product liability. Our expert legal team has a strong record of accomplishment in product liability, winning millions of dollars for our clients injured by faulty medical devices.
The problems with the Philips CPAP and BiPAP machines have profoundly impacted millions of users worldwide. The health risks associated with the PE-PUR foam degradation are serious and warrant immediate attention and action. The expertise and support provided by Schlesinger Law Offices stand as a vital resource for those affected. Our experienced lawyers are committed to advocating for the rights and well-being of their clients, personally seeing to it that victims are not alone on this challenging journey.
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