CPAP Recall Lawyers in West Palm Beach, FL
The injury lawyers at Smith & Vanture are currently accepting cases from people who may have been injured or have developed cancer due to defective Phillips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machines. While some ventilators have been subject to the recall, the vast majority of the machines that have been recalled are CPAP machines to treat sleep apnea. According to Drug Watch, most of the recalled machines come from Philips’s Dream Station line.
The foam in these defective and recalled CPAP devices could be linked to cancer in the kidneys and liver. Other lawsuits the company may be facing includes lawsuits for other types of cancer including:
- Lung Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- And more
If you or someone you love has developed cancer after using a defective CPAP machine, or has developed other conditions, contact the CPAP recall lawyers at Smith & Vanture today to learn more about your options. Conditions that have been associated with using the recalled Philips CPAP machines include:
- Upper airway irritation
- Chest pressure
- Sinus infections
- Skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritation
- And more
Smith & Vanture are currently hearing cases from individuals who have suffered illness or disease from using Philips recalled CPAP machines or ventilators. If you or someone you love has been hurt or injured using these devices or after using these devices, reach out to Smith & Vanture today. Our CPAP recall lawyers may be able to help you.
Philips CPAP Machine Recall: What You Need to Know
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently released a recall of several models of Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machines, due to “potential health risks.” Philips Respironics has recalled CPAP and BiPAP machines because the foam used to insulate the devices to prevent them from making too much noise can break down over time and potentially enter the airway of the device. If this substance is swallowed or inhaled, it can cause potential health risks to users of the device. Various devices have been named in the recall. If you or someone you love uses a CPAP or BiPAP device, your first step should be to visit the FDA’s website, which includes a table listing the recalled devices and specific models that have been recalled. The FDA recommends that individuals who use these devices or who use a device that has been recalled, contact their health care provider as soon as possible find another similar device that isn’t part of the recall to use instead, or to understand your options when it comes to finding alternatives.
Some individuals who have used Philips CPAP machines have reported seeing black debris or particles in the machine’s airway, and other users have complained about suffering headaches, irritation of their airways, cough, chest pressure, sinus infections, and other respiratory issues, which may be linked to the use of a defective CPAP and BiPAP machine. According to the FDA, the foam in these machines designed to reduce noise can degrade, causing debris and chemicals to get into the machine’s airway. Cleaning the machines with ozone could also increase the risk that the foam will degrade.
The FDA reports that risk of exposure to the foam particles that have been observed in these recalled BiPAP and CPAP machines includes skin and eye irritation, respiratory problems, inflammation, headache, asthma, or even potential exposure to carcinogens that can impact the kidneys and liver. If you or someone you love uses a Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP machine, you and your family may have the right to pursue a CPAP recall lawsuit for your injuries and damages. Contact the CPAP recall attorneys at Smith & Vanture today to learn more about your rights and the next steps.
What Should I Do If I’ve Used a Recalled CPAP Machine?
The key things to keep in mind if you or someone you love uses a CPAP or BiPAP machine or ventilator is that you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible. Don’t discontinue use of a device until you have spoken to your doctor. For example, there are some patients for whom there is no alternative for respiratory support and for whom disruption of treatment could be life-threatening in itself. Individuals who have discontinued use of CPAP machines have reported heart and respiratory issues, so it is important to consider the risks of stopping treatment altogether. Options for patients for which there is no alternative, according to the FDA, includes the use of a inline bacterial filter, which may be able to assist in filtering foam particles. However, the FDA notes that the use of filters also has some limitations. For example, filters may not be able to filter out certain potentially risky chemicals that can be released when foam degrades. Some patients may not be able to use their device with a filter because they may increase resistance through the device. And finally, given the risks, patients and doctors should monitor their devices themselves for foam breakdown.
If you or someone you love has been harmed while using a BiPAP or CPAP machine, or has become ill due to foam breakdown by using a BiPAP or CPAP machine, you and your family may have the right to seek damages for your medical expenses and other losses. Smith & Vanture, is a CPAP injury law firm that may be able to assist you and your family if you or someone you love has become ill or sick due to using a BiPAP or CPAP machine. Our CPAP recall lawyers are currently taking cases from individuals who have reported swallowing or inhaling the foam when it breaks down in a BiPAP or CPAP machine. Our attorneys are also taking cases from individuals who have developed cancer after using a CPAP machine. Some cancers that are of concern include liver and kidney cancer, and other lawsuits indicate that there may be a risk of colon cancer. Research also indicates that certain types of foam could also play a role in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Contact Smith & Vanture today if you believe that your use of a defective CPAP machine resulted in your illness or cancer.
Defects with Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP Machines
Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machines have been recalled because defects were found in these machines. Specifically polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR), is a type of foam used in these devices to reduce the sound that these devices can emit. Unfortunately, it has been discovered that PE-PUR foam can also break down, and get into the airway of some of these CPAP and BiPAP machines. This foam can break down and get swallowed or inhaled by a user, or release potentially carcinogenic chemicals into the device’s airway. If you or someone you love uses a CPAP or BiPAP machine made by Philips Respironics and has noticed any of the following, you should contact your doctor and consider also reaching out to Smith & Vanture, CPAP recall lawyers currently taking cases from people affected by these CPAP and BiPAP machines:
- If you notice black particles in the machine’s airway, contact your doctor immediately and consider reaching out to Smith & Vanture.
- If you or someone you love uses a BiPAP or CPAP machine and has experienced headache, cough, chest pressure, or sinus infections, consider speaking to your doctor, and consider reaching out to Smith & Vanture.
- If you or someone you know uses a BiPAP or CPAP machine and has developed irritation of their skin, eyes, or respiratory tract, asthma, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or cancer, consider reaching out to your doctor and to Smith & Vanture.
- If you or someone you love has developed kidney, liver, or other cancer after using a recalled CPAP machine, consider reaching out to Smith & Vanture today to learn more about your rights and options under the law.
Philips may also be facing lawsuits from consumers who have developed other types of cancer after using CPAP machines. Smith & Vanture is currently taking cases from individuals who believe they have been affected by a defective BiPAP or CPAP machine. Our lawyers are here to listen to your case, and guide you on the next steps. If you or someone has been hurt due to using a BiPAP or CPAP machine, you and your family may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses.
Why are Recalled CPAP and BiPAP Machines Used?
CPAP machines are commonly used to treat sleep apnea. CPAP machines are prescribed to individuals with sleep apnea to help keep their airway open during sleep. Other machines produced by Philips Respironics may include ventilators and breathing assistance devices used by medical personnel, hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency personnel in situations where people need emergency breathing assistance. If you have sleep apnea and use a CPAP machine, now is the time to check and see if your machine has been recalled. Visit the FDA’s website, which includes a list of recalled models. If your loved one is in a medical facility or is on a ventilator, you may also want to speak to their doctors as soon as possible, to determine whether your loved one is using a recalled model. If you have further questions about your legal rights or your right to seek damages if your loved one has been injured due to the use of a recalled ventilator or CPAP machine, reach out to Smith & Vanture, and speak to a CPAP injury lawyer that may be able to help you.
Contact CPAP Recall lawyers at Smith & Vanture Today if You Have Been Using a Recalled CPAP Machine
If you have been using a recalled CPAP machine, contact Smith & Vanture today to learn more about your rights and the next steps.
While you may want to immediately discontinue use of your recalled CPAP machine, it is important to speak to your doctor first. The FDA recommends that individuals currently using a recalled machine speak to their doctors first before discontinuing use. Smith & Vanture is currently taking cases from the CPAP recall lawsuit and those who have been injured or those who have gotten sick after using a defective device. In some cases, individuals have even pursued lawsuits because they have had to stop use of their CPAP machines, interfering with their ability to work. Truck drivers for instance rely on their CPAP machines to get a good’s night sleep. If you have been impacted by the Philips CPAP machine recall, reach out to Smith & Vanture today to learn more about your options and rights under the law.
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