If you’ve been watching the news recently, you might have seen several articles and reports concerning the new lawsuit against Philips, the Dutch company responsible for making and distributing popular CPAP machines. The lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania, alleges that Philips knew about a design defect in its machines that could cause cancer, kidney and liver problems, and respiratory issues among others. However, they failed to warn consumers or take steps to fix the issue.
If you’re using a Philips CPAP machine, you might be wondering if you should join the lawsuit. You can read this article to learn more or read below to get a gist of what this lawsuit is all about.
Are All CPAP Machines Defective?
No, not all CPAP machines are defective. In fact, most of them work just fine. However, the Philips Respironics DreamStation and System One sleep apnea machines have been linked to an increased risk of cancer, according to the FDA. Currently, the machines on their recall list include:
Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- SystemOne ASV4
- C-Series ASV
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced+
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- DreamStation Go
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- REMstar SE Auto
What Is the Problem With These CPAP Machines?
The problem with these machines is the polyurethane contained in the machine used for sound abatement. The goal of polyurethane foam in the machine was to make the machines quieter, but it has been linked to causing respiratory issues and even cancers. Urethane itself is a probable carcinogen, meaning it is suspected of causing cancer.
When the machines overheated or were cleaned improperly using ozone, the foam degraded and leaked into the tubing. Many people have complained of symptoms, which, according to the FDA, include:
- Irritation in the eyes, nose, respiratory tract, and skin
Why Didn’t Philips Warn Anyone?
Sadly, new reports show that Philips knew as early as 2015 that the polyurethane foam was causing these issues, but they did not warn anyone. In fact, they continued to use the same design and failed to take any steps to mitigate the risks. They only made changes after the FDA got involved in 2021 soon after they issued a “voluntary” recall. Even then, many people complain that Philips is taking months to repair and replace their machines.
What Should I Do If I Have a Philips CPAP Machine?
If you have a Philips CPAP machine listed above, the first thing you should do is contact Philips to see if your machine is included in the recall. If it is, they will likely offer to repair or replace your machine for free. You can also join the class action lawsuit against Philips if you want to.
If you decide to join the lawsuit, an attorney will likely contact you and ask you to provide your contact information, medical records, and other documents. They will then review your case and decide if you have a valid claim. If you do, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and more.
If you have any questions about whether or not you should join the lawsuit or what kind of compensation you may be entitled to, you should contact an experienced attorney. They can help you understand your rights and options.
Get a Lawyer and Get Help Today
The lawsuit against Philips is ongoing, and no decisions have been made yet. If you have a Philips CPAP machine, you might be wondering if you should join the lawsuit or not. It’s best to contact a lawyer instead of waiting to file.