CPAP Recall Lawyers in Michigan
Marshall P. Whalley & Associates are CPAP Lawyers in Michigan who work with victims and families who have been injured by recalled CPAP machines. If you use a CPAP or BiPAP machine for your sleep apnea, it is possible that you could have been exposed to degraded foam or carcinogenic chemicals caused by the breakdown of the sound reduction foam used in certain Philips Respironics BiPAP or CPAP devices. If you or someone you love has used or uses a CPAP or BiPAP Philips Respironics device, reach out to the Michigan CPAP recall lawyers at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates in today. Our Michigan CPAP recall lawsuit lawyers can review your case, identify possible injuries, and help you seek compensation or pursue a lawsuit for injuries or medical conditions you may have developed due to these defective CPAP or BiPAP machines.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently alerted the public that Philips Respironics has recalled some of its CPAP and BiPAP models. The machines have been recalled because polyester-based foam used in the machines to muffle sound can degrade and enter the airway of the device, potentially causing issues for people who use these machines. There have been reports that people using these device have inhaled these particles and even swallowed these particles when the sound-reducing foam breaks down.
According to Healthline, chemicals in the foam can degrade and cause potentially “long-term health” issues for users. As many as two millions CPAP and BiPAP users may have been affected by the recall. Healthline reports that it may take as long as one year for Philips Respironics to replace the devices.
If you currently use a BiPAP or CPAP machine, and your machine is a Philips Respironics device, your first step should be to get in touch with your doctor. The risks of stopping use of your CPAP or BiPAP machine depend on your individual medical condition and in some cases, the risk of stopping use exceeds the risk of continuing use. Your doctor can best advise you about what options are best for your health. Philips Respironics has offered to repair defective CPAP or BiPAP devices, but these repairs can take as long as a year. For patients who need their CPAP or BiPAP device to breathe while sleeping, this puts them in a tough spot. Many patients have opted to buying a new device from another company not affected by the recall, but these new devices can be expensive. Not everyone has the money to buy a new device and insurance may not always cover the purchase of a new device. Many lawyers have filed lawsuits against Philips Respironics suing the company for damages to patients.
Patients who have either developed cancer or organ failure, suffered from asthma, or irritation and nausea, among other symptoms may have the right to pursue a claim. Others may be able to seek damages to cover the cost of replacing their devices, among other damages. A CPAP lawyer may be able to assist you in seeking damages for the cost of replacement of your device, for the cost of ongoing medical care due to damages the device has caused, and other damages that may have been caused due to these defective CPAP machines.
Even if you must continue to use these defective devices due to your severe medical condition, you may still have the right to seek damages through a CPAP lawsuit. If you have been using a recalled BiPAP or CPAP device and have developed cancer or another respiratory condition, you may have the right to seek compensation for your losses. Contact the CPAP recall lawyers in Michigan at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates today to learn more. You may be able to join a growing number of people pursuing CPAP lawsuits in Michigan.
CPAP Machines and Sleep Apnea
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute sleep apnea is a medical condition in which a person’s breathing is disrupted during sleep due to blockage of the airway. Sleep apnea can be dangerous to a person’s health because it can lead to reduced oxygen flow. People with untreated sleep apnea can go on to develop a range of conditions including diabetes, heart attack, stroke, glaucoma, cancer, and other disorders involving mental health and sleep. Many patients with sleep apnea are prescribed CPAP machines in order to restore oxygen flow during sleep. CPAP machines force air into the lungs of an apnea patient, ensuring that oxygen flow remains steady. Some people with diagnosed sleep apnea need these machines in order to keep working and to ensure that they are alert enough during the day when they work. If you have been affected by the Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machine recall, you may have many questions. The Michigan CPAP recall lawyers at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates are here to help. Our CPAP lawyers are currently taking cases from individuals who have been affected by the Philips Respironics CPAP lawsuit. If you have lost income due to missed time at work, have developed a respiratory condition or cancer, or have experienced injury after inhaling or swallowing foam, you may be able to pursue a CPAP lawsuit. Reach out to the CPAP lawsuit attorneys at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates in Michigan today.
Health Risks from Recalled CPAP Machines
The recalled Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machines pose several health risks to users. One of the health risks involves the direct inhalation and swallowing of foam, but the long-term risks include cancer risk due to the chemical breakdown of the foam used in the CPAP machines. People who live in environments with greater heat index and higher humidity may be at greatest risk, but anyone who uses a recalled device could also be at risk. Various symptoms of exposure to the degraded foam in the recalled Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machines have been reported. Some of these symptoms include skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritation. Other symptoms include headache, asthma, sinus infections, coughing, irritation to the airway, and shortness of breath. Other users have reported nausea and vomiting. More serious concerns include the development of cancer or organ damage to due inhalation of the carcinogenic chemicals in the foam.
If you or someone you love has been using a recalled Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP machine and has experienced symptoms of exposure, contact the Michigan CPAP cancer lawyers at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates today. Our CPAP lawsuit attorneys can review your symptoms, review your use of the device, and help you with the next steps. You may be entitled to join a growing number of people pursuing CPAP lawsuits for these defective CPAP machines.
Which Philips CPAP Machines Have Been Recalled?
Various Philips Respironics CPAP and BiPAP machines have been recalled. Some of these are only authorized for emergency use and some are not life-supporting, and are designed for home use. Recalled CPAP and BiPAP models include:
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- SystemOne ASV4
- C-Series ASV
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced+
- Noncontinuous Ventilator
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- DreamStation Go
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- REMstar SE Auto
Recalled ventilators include:
- Trilogy 100
- Trilogy 200
- Garbin Plus, Aeris, LifeVent
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
- Continuous Ventilator, Non-life Supporting
- A-Series BiPAP A40
- A-Series BiPAP A30
If you or someone you love has used or is currently using any of these CPAP or BiPAP devices reach out to the Michigan CPAP cancer lawsuit lawyers at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates today. If you or someone you love was harmed by using a recalled CPAP or BiPAP machine, contact our CPAP lawyer today. Approximately 2 million people in the U.S. may have been affected by this recall, veterans included. If you believe you have been affected, reach out to Marshall P. Whalley & Associates, CPAP lawyers in Michigan.
What Can I Do If I’ve Used a Recalled Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP Device?
If you’ve used a recalled CPAP or BiPAP device, your first step should be to reach out to your doctor. Not all patients can stop using these devices. Your doctor will offer you guidance. If you have experienced symptoms due to using a recalled BiPAP or CPAP device, your next step should be to reach out to the CPAP cancer lawyers in Michigan at Marshall P. Whalley & Associates. Our attorneys may be able to help you file a lawsuit if you have developed asthma, cancer, or organ failure as a result of using a recalled CPAP device. If you have experienced irritation or other effects from using a recalled device, you may also want to reach out. Contact Marshall P. Whalley & Associated, a CPAP recall law firm in Michigan.