In recent years, CPAP machines have been heavily prescribed to patients in order to prevent the harmful effects of sleep apnea. While this has proven to be a very important development for many people, we now know some CPAP machines may do more harm than good.
CPAP and BiPAP machines manufactured by Philips have been linked to dangerous health consequences like respiratory failure; acute asthma events and even some forms of cancer. For some, the results of using these devices could prove to be fatal. If you or a loved one have suffered from severe side effects after using a now recalled Philips CPAP machine, you might be entitled to compensation. A dedicated mass tort attorney can review your case and help you determine whether you have a CPAP lawsuit.
The Basis for the Philips CPAP Recall and Subsequent Lawsuits
After numerous complaints of serious health side effects, Philips announced a voluntary recall of the Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices in June 2021.
The basis of this recall was the health effects of a substance in the devices known as polyester-based polyurethane, or PE-PUR. This substance was used in the form of foam, and its purpose was to abate some of the sound generated by the machine.
Research shows that this substance can break down or degrade over time. As the foam disintegrates, the user could inhale harmful particles. Some of these particles are toxic and even potentially carcinogenic. The longer a person uses these devices, the more toxic substances they are likely to inhale accordingly to early intel.
Despite the existence of these health consequences, Philips has provided no warnings of these possible side effects in the supporting documentation. What’s more, the company has revealed that some of its storage practices have increased the rate at which this substance breaks down too.
Given the serious ramifications that can come with using recalled Philips CPAP machines, a number of lawsuits have been filed against the company to find out more information. Anyone suffering from serious health side effects after using one of these machines could benefit from discussing their situation with a Phillips CPAP recall attorney.
Possible Side Effects and Injuries
There are numerous serious side effects that may be linked to the use of the recalled Philips CPAP machines. Some side effects from degraded PUR foam exposure within these devices are minor, like headaches or eye irritation. In other situations, the consequences could be life-threatening. There are suggested links between these recalled CPAP machines and medical conditions such as:
- Respiratory issues
- Acute asthma onset;
- Kidney complications
Anyone living with these symptoms after using a Philips CPAP machine should consult with a lawyer.
Compensation Available in a CPAP Lawsuit
Any person that suffered injury or illness after using a recalled CPAP machine made by Philips could be entitled to substantial monetary compensation. The severity of these injuries will determine the extent of this compensation.
As research is still developing, those who have been injured, should contact our lawyers to evaluate their situation. Reach out to us to learn more about pursuing a CPAP lawsuit against the manufacturer. Give us a call or contact us right here on our website.