In 2021, the Philips company put up a warning, telling physicians that some of its medical devices could lead to severe medical injuries or even cause illnesses. This notification was about Philips CPAP machines that are common across the healthcare community, and commonly used for maintaining the preferred airway pressure in patients who suffer from respiratory distress. When Philips spoke about the health risks that could arise from particulate exposure, it started a major controversy as more and more people started realizing that by using a Philips CPAP they were at serious risk, i.e. if they were using any of the recalled devices. Chances were that many people suffered from an occasional headache to something as serious as lung damage due to the particulate and chemical damage brought about by the regular use of these devices. Today, Philips CPAC lawsuits have become common, and people are approaching legal agencies to help them get fair compensation. However, this is an evolving niche of medical device injury lawsuits and not every law firm has the credentials to handle it. However, the law offices of Timothy L. Miles provide the expertise needed to understand the depth of the problem, file the lawsuit, and get a big compensation.
The list of recalled machines by Phillips has been updated and it includes:
● DreamStation GO CPAP, APAP
● Dorma 400, 500 CPAP
● REMStar SE Auto CPAP
● E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)
● DreamStation ASV
● DreamStation SV, AVAPS
● Trilogy 100 Ventilator
● Trilogy 200 Ventilator
● Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent Ventilator
● SystemOne ASV4
● C-Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
● OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
● SystemOne (Q series)
● DreamStation CPAP, Auto CPAP, BiPAP
● A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator
Not just cancer but many serious health problems are associated with using recalled Philips CPAP devices. The list is rather long but some of the most commonly reported health conditions include:
● Liver cancer
● Liver disease
● Pulmonary fibrosis
● Rectal cancer
● Colon cancer
● Acute liver injury
● Breast cancer in patients under 40
● Chronic asthma
Among the recalled Philips devices, there are many Bi-PAP machines and some of the more commonly used CPAP machines. The list also includes mechanical ventilators and most of these devices have a sound abatement foam lining. The liner is made from a special type of PE-PUR foam which can disintegrate into particles. While the cause of the disintegration can vary, there is a certainty that when inhaled, these particles can enter the airways and compromise the patient’s health. Finding it easy to permeate through the lungs, the particles can bring about headaches and respiratory discomfort while more chemical exposure can cause nasal irritation and even nausea. The role of polyurethane PE PUR foam in these lawsuits is a standard, an inherent part of the arguments, and people contemplating the lawsuit need to understand that they should have a clear instance of using the recalled device with this type of foam.
It might be easy for some people to file a claim, but the legalities related to injury due to defective medical devices are complex. Such lawsuits need the services of a CPAP lawsuit attorney who can verify everything, ranging from your medical history, use of the recalled device, verification of the ventilator usage, and the change in symptoms that suggest worsening of the health conditions due to using the CPAP machine. Anyone who is contemplating a lawsuit like this needs to verify the device by following the product registration process supported by Philips. It allows the person to trace the serial number of their device and establish whether it is unaffected by the recalls or not. Merely establishing whether a person qualifies for the CPAP recall lawsuit is a task in itself!
Things a Good Philips CPAP Lawsuit Lawyer Should Ask
Any lawyer chosen for a potential Philips CPAP recall case is expected to ask a few questions related to:
● History of using the machine
● Recent medical records
● CPAP medical bills
● Any CPAP machine substitution by the provider or company
● Overall maintenance of the device
● Type of symptoms or injuries related to the device
● Any instance of discussing these symptoms with a physician
The legal expert should substantiate that opposed to the common perception, all such lawsuits are not about cancer due to using Philips CPAP machines. There is a chance of complete organ failure too and sometimes, the injury/illness might not be serious enough to be life-threatening but still, there is every chance of getting fair compensation. Secondly, there are some state-specific regulations. These statutes are important to get compensation as the laws put up limitations in terms of the time period allowed to file the Philips CPAP lawsuit. There are many other aspects of the lawsuit that only a legal expert can share.
The Law Offices of Timothy L. Miles have proven expertise in lawsuits related to mass torts, defective products, dangerous drugs, securities frauds, and whistleblower cases apart from handling a wide array of class actions. Lawyer Timothy L. Miles brings years of legal expertise to the domain of CPAP machine lawsuits that have been engaging a lot of controversy in recent years. This includes evaluating your case and confirming if it is suitable for a Philips CPAP lawsuit. If you or anyone in your family has used a recalled Philips CPAP machine and if the use of the machine was followed by any type of injury, illness, or the diagnosis of cancer, you can ask for a Free Case Evaluation with a Philips CPAP lawyer at the offices of Timothy L. Miles. To start the process, you can call at 855-Tim-MLaw (855) 846-8529 or you can mail the details to email@example.com.