Defective medical device claims are some of the most common product liability cases in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed by the very products meant to heal their symptoms and protect their health. When this happens to you or someone you love, know that you have the right to take legal action.
At the Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III, we will aggressively represent clients throughout New York City and the surrounding areas who have suffered due to defective medical devices, including faulty CPAP machines, hip replacement implants, pacemakers, IVC blood clot filters, and more. Led by Long Island defective medical device attorney Joseph J. Perrini, III, our team has secured tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for the injured and the surviving loved ones of those wrongfully killed. We understand what you are going through and the challenges you face—and we know how to help.
Common Defective Medical Devices
Although any medical device can be faulty, some specific medical devices have come under fire in recent years as the subject of product liability lawsuits.
Some of the most commonly defective medical devices include:
- Philips CPAP machines
- DePuy hip implants
- Metal knee and hip replacements
- Stryker hip and knee implants
- Da Vinci Surgical Robots
- Transvaginal mesh
- Bard IVC blood clot filters
- Drug-coated stents
- Guidant defibrillators (pacemakers)
- 3M Bair Hugger warming blanket
- Hernia mesh
- Paragard IUD
- Power morcellators
If you received any of these medical devices or underwent a procedure involving one of these medical devices and are now experiencing unusual complications, seek immediate medical attention. If you believe you may have been injured by a defective medical device, do not hesitate to contact an experienced attorney, like Attorney Perrini, to learn more about your legal rights and options.
Defective CPAP Machines
In recent years, certain CPAP machines have been linked to an increased risk of cancer. Specifically, Philips, a popular maker of these products, has recalled millions of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and BiLevel positive airway pressure (BiLevel PAP) devices, including sleep apnea machines and ventilators.
These devices were recalled due to a defect that caused the polyester-based polyurethane foam used to reduce vibration and sound in these devices to break down, releasing particles that are extremely harmful when inhaled or ingested. According to the recall—which has been classified by the FDA as a Class 1 recall, the most serious type—the foam is more likely to break down and pose a threat to users when exposed to high heat or humidity. Ozone cleaning methods also lead to an increased risk.
The following Philips CPAP machines, BiPAP devices, and ventilators have been recalled:
- Aeris ventilator
- A-Series BiPAP A30
- A-Series BiPAP A40
- A-Series BiPAP V30 Auto
- C-Series ASV
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- Dorma 400
- Dorma 500
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation Go
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- E30 (authorized for emergency use)
- Garbin Plus ventilator
- LifeVent ventilator
- Noncontinuous Ventilator
- OmniLab Advanced+
- REMstar SE Auto
- SystemOne ASV4
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- Trilogy 100 ventilator
- Trilogy 200 ventilator
Please note that this recall is ongoing. For more information on the Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator recall, please contact our office. You can also look up your device’s serial number to find out if it is part of the recall on the Philips website. Click here to learn more.
How to Tell a Medical Device May Be Defective
It is not always immediately obvious when an individual has received, used, or undergone a procedure using a defective medical device. In some cases, symptoms may appear right away. In others, it can take months or even years for complications to arise. It is important that you carefully monitor your health following any procedure involving a medical device, such as a knee replacement or hip implant. If you notice any unusual symptoms, such as severe and/or worsening pain, signs of infection, or sepsis, contact your doctor right away.
Additionally, it is important that you know about possible risks associated with different types of medical devices. If you used a Philips CPAP machine and were later diagnosed with lung cancer, you could be the victim of a defective medical device. We strongly recommend that you reach out to our Long Island defective medical device attorney if you suspect that you may have been injured due to a faulty medical device. We can review the specifics of your situation and help determine whether you have a case. There is no cost and no risk in talking to a member of our team today.
When to Call an Attorney
You should contact an attorney as soon as you think you have been affected by a defective medical device. The state of New York imposes a three-year statute of limitations on these cases, meaning you only have three years to file a lawsuit. Typically, the clock begins running on the date of injury or, when the injury was not immediately discoverable, on the date the injury was discovered or reasonably could have been discovered. The sooner you reach out to a lawyer, the sooner they can begin gathering evidence and building your case.
The Law Office of Joseph J. Perrini, III is available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are prepared to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. Whether you were harmed by a defective IUD or your loved one was diagnosed with cancer after using a faulty CPAP machine, our team is ready to fight for the justice and fair compensation you are owed.