Philips Respironics (Philips) announced a voluntary recall that affected millions of its CPAP and BiPAP (Bi-Pap) machines in June 2021 due to safety concerns. However, the company did not offer consumers a replacement device. Now, class action lawsuits are forming against Philips for multiple reasons.
You might have a claim against Philips involving their recalled CPAP/BiPAP machines if:
- You were injured while using a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine or a ventilator.
- You suffered health consequences due to missing sleep after the machine was recalled but not replaced.
- You experienced job loss due to complications related to the machine or its recall.
- You have purchased a replacement ventilator out-of-pocket, and Philips will not reimburse you.
Klein Frank, P.C. is currently hearing from people throughout Boulder, Roaring Fork Valley, and elsewhere in Colorado who have been negatively impacted by the Philips CPAP and BiPAP machine recall.
If you think you might have a case but aren’t sure what to do next, then please call our attorneys at (303) 622-3876 today. We handle high-stakes and complex personal injury and product liability cases, such as individual lawsuits and class actions related to this recent recall.
Dangers Posed by Philips Ventilators
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), several Philips brand ventilators, BiPAP, and CPAP machines were recalled due to possible health hazards caused by defective parts. The recall communication stated that polyester foam used in the machines could break apart with normal use and enter the ventilator’s air pathway. Pieces of the foam that enter the airway could then be inhaled by the user, potentially causing choking or suffocation. Chemicals within the foam could also be harmful if the debris is ingested.
Some of the Philips ventilators, CPAP, and BiPAP devices that were recalled are:
- DreamStation ASV
- C-Series ASV
- Dorma 400 and 500
- Trilogy 100 and 200
(Note: The above list is not comprehensive. There are many more devices that have been recalled. To see the full list, please click here to visit the full list as posted by the FDA.)
What is Philips Doing to Rectify the Situation?
Philips Respironics has announced that it will begin replacing the foam components that can come apart while used. It has not promised a timeline for the replacements to be completed, though, nor has it said if it will even send no-cost replacements to people who participated in the recall. This unclear approach to resolving the situation has contributed significantly to the need for litigation against the medical device manufacturing company.
Most people who use a ventilator, CPAP, or BiPAP machine need to use it every night to get any sound sleep. Missing only a day of sleep can begin health problems and could lead to day-to-day life consequences, like losing your job because you’re too exhausted to work. Philips should be held accountable for these troubles they have caused their customers in addition to any health issues the defective machines might have caused.
Answers to All Your Pressing Questions
If you think you have a valid claim against Philips related to their recalled ventilators, CPAP, and BiPAP machines, then please do not hesitate to reach out to Klein Frank, P.C. Our attorneys in Boulder and Roaring Fork Valley are standing by to help you explore your legal options. You could be owed significant compensation from Philips, but you might not know it until you discuss the situation with professional lawyers like ours.