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Philips Respironics Nears $479 Million Settlement: An Insight by The Jones Law Firm

October 13, 20233 min read

In a significant development, Philips Respironics is moving towards a $479 million partial settlement concerning allegations of device flaws. These flaws reportedly resulted in the emission of gases and foam particles into consumers' airways, prompting recalls of millions of devices. The Jones Law Firm provides insights into this unfolding situation and what it means for affected users.

Settlement Overview:

The proposed settlement, still pending federal court approval, forms part of ongoing class-action lawsuits surrounding the devices in question. It primarily addresses monetary reimbursements for both users and vendors who may have financed replacement devices. The uncapped economic claims amount allows for a broader spectrum of device users to seek compensation. However, it's crucial to note that this settlement does not encompass claims related to personal injuries or medical care costs arising from the usage of these machines. Throughout this agreement, Philips maintains its stance, not admitting to any wrongdoing or liability.

Recall Background:

Philips has been under scrutiny following the recall of approximately five million breathing machines in the United States. These devices, designed for individuals with sleep apnea and other respiratory conditions, have been associated with health risks, including respiratory illnesses, lung cancer, and even death, due to flaking foam and emitted gases. The FDA announced a recall of various Philips machines, including BiPAP devices and ventilators manufactured since 2009, emphasizing the potential “serious injury” to users due to foam deterioration.

Consumer Dilemma:

The series of recalls have left users and medical practitioners in a quandary – to continue using the potentially hazardous devices or to cease treatment altogether. With rival companies struggling to meet the demand for replacements, many consumers found themselves cornered with limited alternatives.

Compensation Details:

Under the tentative agreement, eligible consumers may receive compensation ranging from $50 to $1,500, along with an additional $100 for each device returned to Philips. The company asserts that it has successfully replaced and delivered nearly 2.5 million devices to U.S. consumers and suppliers.

Accountability and Legal Proceedings:

Philips Respironics is under intense scrutiny, with over 105,000 reported injuries and 385 potential deaths related to the foam breakdown in their machines. The U.S. Department of Justice is liaising with Philips regarding a possible consent decree to address recall-related issues. Furthermore, a subpoena issued in April 2022 is part of an ongoing investigation into the events leading up to the recall.

A Call to Action:

If you or a loved one have been affected by a Philips Respironics device, it is imperative to know your rights and explore your eligibility for compensation. The Jones Law Firm is actively engaging with individuals impacted by this situation. For a FREE case evaluation, visit The Jones Law Firm CPAP Lawsuit Evaluation or contact us directly. We remain steadfast in our commitment to holding companies accountable and securing justice for those adversely affected.

“We are confident in these claims and we look forward to holding Philips accountable for the physical harms they caused patients,” - Statement from the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

In Conclusion:

As The Jones Law Firm closely monitors this evolving scenario, we are dedicated to providing timely updates and legal guidance. The Philips Respironics case underscores the importance of consumer safety and corporate accountability, values that are at the core of our legal practice. If you have been affected, we encourage you to reach out for the support and representation you deserve.

Disclaimer: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.

The Jones Law Firm, PC. is a law firm that primarily focuses on various mass-tort cases and personal injury. Chad Jones is the founder.

Chad Jones

The Jones Law Firm, PC. is a law firm that primarily focuses on various mass-tort cases and personal injury. Chad Jones is the founder.

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