Phillips CPAP/BiPAP/ASV Device Recall Lawyers Whittel & Melton
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Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale,
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Philips Respironics recently voluntarily recalled many of their CPAP and BiPAP breathing devices because of health risks that could lead to cancer from the foam that is used in these devices. Prolonged exposure to the chemicals that are released from the foam can potentially harm users, which may increase their risk for developing cancer.
At Whittel & Melton, our experienced Florida Defective Medical Device Lawyers are ready to help you hold these negligent companies responsible for causing illness and injury accountable for their carelessness. We will investigate the facts surrounding your injury or illness and determine who is at-fault and what legal action can be pursued. From there, we can negotiate a settlement that is fair or take your case to court if need be. As trial attorneys, we are not afraid to fight a big company or corporation and will do whatever is necessary to protect your rights. We are currently taking on Philips CPAP / BiPAP machine cases throughout the state of Florida, including Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, The Villages, Inverness, Brooksville, Spring Hill, New Port Richey, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Miami Beach.
If you suffered an injury or received a cancer diagnosis that you think could be traced back to your use of a Philips CPAP / BiPAP machine, then please do not hesitate to call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online to learn more about what we can do to help you pursue legal action. We are ready to help you through this process and provide you with a completely free consultation so that we can answer all of your questions.Why Did Philips Recall Their CPAP / BiPAP Breathing Machines?
Philips is recalling its CPAP and BiPAP breathing devices due to problems with the foam that is used in the liners of these machines. The foam present in these devices can release dangerous chemicals and break down into particles, and when these are inhaled then hazardous chemicals can damage users lungs.What Are These Machines and What Do They Do?
These are machines that help users breathe better. CPAP: continuous positive airway pressure and BiPAP: bi-level positive airway pressure machines. While similar, these devices do different things.
CPAP machines help those who have difficulty breathing, usually during their sleep. The device will keep airways open through a mask that is secured around a person’s nose and mouth, helping them receive the air that is needed to make sure they can breathe safely.
BiPAP machines have various pressure settings that help patients inhale and exhale properly. When a user inhales the machine increases its pressure setting and utilizes a separate pressure when the user exhales. BiPAP machines can be used at home or in hospitals for various emergencies.What Makes the Foam in These Machines so Hazardous?
The foam found in these breathing apparatus contain polyester-based polyurethane foam, which as we mentioned before, can release toxic chemicals. The foam can also break down into smaller particles and enter the user’s airways and lungs through use of the machine. This potential exposure to toxic chemicals and particles can result in an increased risk of injury or developing cancer.What Are Symptoms Associated with Use of the Philips CPAP / BiPAP Machines?
Due to the risk of these machines off-gassing dangerous particles, patients may experience the following symptoms:
- Lung irritation
- Airway irritation
- Lung cancer
- Lung scarring
- Shortness of breath
- Other Injuries
If you are a user of a defective Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine and have suffered any of the above symptoms, our Phillips CPAP/BiPAP/ASV Device Recall Lawyers at Whittel & Melton recommend that you get medical attention right away and then contact us so that we can alert you of your options.Will I Develop Lung Cancer from Using a Philips CPAP / BiPAP Machine?
The foam that is found in the machines recalled by Philips may increase a patient’s risk of developing cancer. The foam that the company uses in their machines for sound abatement can release toxic chemicals and particles into the machines’ air pathway which could be inhaled or ingested by the user. Some users of these devices have reported seeing a buildup of black debris in their machines.
The U.S. The Food & Drug Administration has said that the chemicals present in the foam from these machines may have a carcinogenic effect on certain organs in the body.What Products Are Being Recalled?
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST AVAPS
- REMStar SE Auto
- SystemOne Q series
- SystemOne ASV4
- OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
- C Series ASV ST AVAPS
- Dorma 400 and 500
- Trilogy 100 Ventilator
- Trilogy 200 Ventilator
If you have been using one of these machines that have been recalled, then we have a few steps that you should take:
- Make sure you keep all records about the machine. Hold on to all of your documents related to the machine, such as invoices, warranties, and any other documents that show you have the machine.
- Go to Your Doctor Right Away and Keep Records of Your Medical Bills/Treatments. Your injuries or illness from a defective CPAP or BiPAP machine can result in hefty medical bills from the cost of treatment. Keep good records of all of your treatments and their costs so that when it comes time to show proof of your suffering, you already have it available.
- Keep the Device Stored in a Safe Place. You want to hang on to the defective device. Store it somewhere safe and do not try to take it apart or repair it any way.
- Do Not Say Anything about the Machine on Social Media. After an injury or illness, you may want to say something about it online, but this can only harm your potential lawsuit. Keep your conversations about the machine and your diagnosis between you and your lawyer.
- Speak with Our Phillips CPAP/BiPAP/ASV Device Recall Lawyers at Whittel & Melton Today. We can review your legal options and walk you through the process of collecting the compensation you deserve. We know the harm that these machines can cause and we want to help stand up for your rights.
If you have been injured or developed an illness from a defective Philips CPAP, BiPAP or ASV machine, please get in touch with Whittel & Melton today. We will provide you with the support you need to stand up to the responsible party and hold them accountable for their egregious actions. We always offer a free and confidential consultation to injury victims.
To learn more about how we can help you in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, The Villages, Inverness, Brooksville, Spring Hill, New Port Richey, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Sarasota, Naples, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Miami Beach, call us now at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation now.