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Maryland CPAP Recall Attorney

CPAP Recall

If you have been impacted by the Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator recall and are experiencing lung cancer, asthma, chronic respiratory illness, or related health issues, you may be entitled to compensation through legal action.

Attorney Steven Heisler recognizes that medical devices should improve quality of life, not compromise it. However, the recall of multiple Philips Respironics breathing machines underscores the potential dangers posed by defective devices. Millions of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP), and mechanical ventilator machines have been affected by the recall, prompted by reports of users’ discovering black particles in their devices originating from sound-reducing foam. Inhalation or ingestion of these particles can lead to serious lung injuries, while the toxic chemicals within the foam may further exacerbate health risks by entering the device’s airway.

As highlighted in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety alert, these device malfunctions can cause serious injury, which can be life-threatening, permanent, and require medical intervention.

Understanding the CPAP Recall

CPAP machines are essential for many individuals suffering from sleep apnea. However, recalls have raised serious concerns about the safety of certain CPAP devices. These recalls have been initiated due to the potential health risks posed by the degradation of foam used in the devices, which can release harmful particles and gases.

Recalled CPAP Devices

The recalled devices primarily include models manufactured by Philips Respironics. If you are using a CPAP machine, it’s crucial to check whether your device is affected by the recall.

Recalled CPAP and BiPAP Machines

  • DreamStation CPAP and BiPAP Machines
    1. DreamStation CPAP, CPAP Pro, Auto CPAP
    2. DreamStation BiPAP Pro, BiPAP Auto, BiPAP ST, BiPAP AVAPS
  • SystemOne CPAP and BiPAP Machines
    1. SystemOne 50 Series
    2. SystemOne 60 Series
  • Dorma CPAP Machines
    1. Dorma 400
    2. Dorma 500
  • RemStar SE Auto CPAP Machine

Recalled Ventilator Machines

  • Trilogy 100 Ventilator
  • Trilogy 200 Ventilator
  • Garbin Plus, Aeris, and LifeVent Ventilators
  • A-Series BiPAP Hybrid Ventilator (A30, A40)
  • A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto Ventilator

Additional Recalled Devices

  • C-Series ASV, S/T, AVAPS
  • OmniLab Advanced Plus In-Lab Titration Device
  • E30 (Emergency Use Authorization)

If you are using any of these recalled devices, it is important to stop using them immediately and consult with your healthcare provider for guidance on alternative treatments and further steps.

Why You Need a Maryland CPAP Recall Attorney

Expertise in Product Liability

Attorney Steven Heisler has tremendous experience with product liability cases, making him uniquely qualified to handle CPAP recall claims. His extensive knowledge and experience ensure that he understands the intricacies of such cases and knows how to build a strong argument on your behalf.

Injuries from the Use of Recalled CPAP Machines

The recall of CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines has highlighted significant health risks associated with these devices. The degradation of key components in the products poses severe health hazards to users, potentially leading to a range of serious injuries and medical conditions.

Respiratory Issues

One of the most immediate concerns for users of recalled CPAP and BiPAP machines is respiratory problems. Inhalation of foam particles and chemical emissions can cause:

  • Coughing and Wheezing: Users may experience persistent coughing and wheezing, which can be particularly troubling for individuals already dealing with respiratory conditions such as sleep apnea.
  • Shortness of Breath: The release of harmful particles can exacerbate breathing difficulties, leading to shortness of breath and a reduced capacity for physical activities.
  • Inflammation and Irritation: Exposure to degraded foam particles can cause inflammation and irritation of the respiratory tract, resulting in discomfort and potential long-term damage.

Toxic Exposure

The chemicals released by the degraded foam in these devices can be toxic and have been associated with various health issues, including:

  • Headaches and Dizziness: Users may experience frequent headaches and dizziness due to the inhalation of toxic fumes.
  • Nausea and Vomiting: Exposure to chemical emissions can cause gastrointestinal distress, leading to nausea and vomiting.
  • Liver and Kidney Damage: Prolonged exposure to certain chemicals found in the foam can potentially lead to liver and kidney damage, affecting the body’s ability to filter toxins and maintain overall health.

Cancer Risks

One of the most alarming risks associated with the recalled CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines is the potential for cancer. The chemicals released from the degrading foam are considered carcinogenic, which means they have the potential to cause cancer. Types of cancer that may be linked to these exposures include:

  • Lung Cancer: Inhalation of carcinogenic particles can increase the risk of developing lung cancer, particularly in individuals with prolonged use of the affected devices.
  • Bladder Cancer: Some studies suggest a link between chemical exposure and an increased risk of bladder cancer.
  • Leukemia: The toxic chemicals released may also elevate the risk of certain blood cancers, such as leukemia.

Other Health Concerns

In addition to the above injuries, users of recalled CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines may face other health challenges, including:

  • Chronic Sinus Infections: Exposure to harmful particles can lead to chronic sinus infections, causing ongoing pain and discomfort.
  • Skin and Eye Irritation: Direct contact with degraded foam particles can cause skin and eye irritation, leading to rashes, redness, and other dermatological issues.
  • Immune System Complications: Prolonged exposure to toxic substances can weaken the immune system, making individuals more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on CPAP Recalls

We understand that you may have questions and concerns about the CPAP recall and how it may affect you or your loved ones. To provide you with the information you need, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing various aspects of the recall, its implications, and how Attorney Steven Heisler can assist you in seeking justice and compensation. If you don’t find the answers you’re looking for here, please don’t hesitate to contact us for personalized assistance.

If you are using a recalled device, you should stop using it immediately and consult with your healthcare provider for alternative treatment options. Additionally, you should contact Philips Respironics for further instructions on returning or replacing the device. If you experience any health problems that correlate with the use of the recalled product, you need to contact an attorney to pursue compensation.

Attorney Steven Heisler focuses strongly on product liability cases and can provide legal guidance to help you navigate your claim. He will work to gather evidence, consult with medical experts, and develop a legal strategy to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the use of a recalled device.

You may be eligible to seek compensation for various damages, including medical expenses (past and future), lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and any other financial losses related to the harm caused by the recalled device.

When you come for your consultation, bring any relevant medical records, documentation of your use of the recalled device, any correspondence with Philips Respironics, and any other evidence related to your health issues and financial losses. This information will help Attorney Heisler assess your case more effectively.

The time limit to file a claim, known as the statute of limitations, varies depending on the specifics of your case and jurisdiction. The statute of limitations in Maryland for product liability cases is generally three years. It is important to consult with Attorney Heisler as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss any critical deadlines for filing your claim.

To determine your eligibility for legal recourse in a Philips CPAP recall lawsuit, contact the Law Offices of Steven Heisler for a free consultation. Discover your options by contacting attorney Steven Heisler today at (410) 625-4878.

What To Do If You Are Affected

If you or a loved one has experienced any of these injuries or health issues from using a recalled CPAP, BiPAP, or ventilator machine, it is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Additionally, consulting with an experienced attorney like Steven Heisler can help you understand your legal rights and options. The Law Offices of Steven Heisler is dedicated to helping victims of defective medical devices secure the compensation they need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step toward obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve.

Attorney Steve Heisler

Steve Heisler decided in 1996 that he was going to focus his law practice exclusively on injury cases. Since then, he has been representing injured people against insurance companies, disreputable medical practitioners and Big Pharma, and doing it with compassion, honesty and level-headed rationality. [ Attorney Bio ]