Philips Respironics, Inc., has recalled CPAP and BiPAP machines made over the last 13 years because the breathing devices create a risk of exposure to debris and chemicals, some of which may cause cancer.

The recall was classified as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA noted that use of these devices may cause serious injury or death. 

If you or a loved one suffered cancer or other ailments believed to be caused by a CPAP or BiPAP machine, you may have grounds for a CPAP lawsuit. Other illnesses include respiratory tract inflammation, asthma, hypersensitivity and kidney and liver damage.

Kline & Specter, PC, with more than 40 attorneys, five of whom are also highly skilled medical doctors – the most for any law firm in the United States – has the expertise and experience to evaluate CPAP and BiPAP injury cases possibly caused by Philips devices.

Kline & Specter has handled hundreds of cases involving cancer and also cases involving significant respiratory diseases and has handled cases over the decades involving catastrophic injuries caused by medical devices and prescription medications. 

The CPAP recall was announced in June 2021. It was reported on Aug. 3 that Philips was sending registered letters to users of the device who may been adversely impacted. There have been more than 1,200 complaints filed about Philips positive airway pressure (PAP) machines and at least 100 reported injuries.

The CPAP and BiPAP devices are used by people needing respiratory support or treatment for sleep disorders. They are used at home, in hospitals and other institutions.

The problem in the Philips devices was found to occur due to the polyester-based polyurethane foam used to lessen sound and vibration. The foam can break down and potentially enter the device’s air pathway, allowing a user to inhale or swallow chemicals or black debris from the foam.

Kline & Specter has won more than $10 billion in personal injury verdicts and settlements, including many large results against large corporations, medical device makers and pharmaceutical companies. Contact us for a free evaluation of your case.