In recent years, it has come to light that many people are suffering from cancer, lung problems, and other injuries from using the Philips CPAP machine. Philips, an American medical supply company that specializes in products that improve respiratory function, is now facing a plethora of lawsuits from users of their recalled ventilation product line.
Affected individuals may be eligible for significant compensation for the damages they have endured. If you have become sick or injured from using Philips CPAP ventilation products, please continue reading to learn more about the Philips CPAP class action lawsuit..
What Are CPAP Machines?
A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine is a small machine that uses mild air pressure to keep breathing airways open in order to receive a steady flow of pressurized air into the airway during sleep. Doctors often prescribe CPAP machines to treat people with sleep-related breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea or for preterm infants who have underdeveloped lungs.
CPAP machines often include the following:
- A mask or device that fits over either your nose or your nose and mouth
- Straps that hold the facial piece in place
- A tube that connects the mask with the machine
- A motor that blows the air into the tube
In June 2021, Philips announced the first recall on its ventilation products. The recalled devices included: CPAP, BiPAP, and others that were manufactured by Philips between 2009 and late April 2021. The company released a public statement, stating that degraded polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam within their ventilation devices could release black particles and toxic gasses that users may have inhaled or swallowed during use.
Although studies are ongoing, they are warning that inhaling these tiny, yet toxic particles can lead to cancer and respiratory complications, among other serious potential health risks – some of which can be life-threatening.
Why Are There Philips CPAP Class Action Lawsuits?
Many users of Philips CPAP machines have become ill or injured from the PE-PUR sound abatement foam found within the ventilation machines. An investigation conducted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) revealed that the degradation products of the PE-PUR foam are toxic and potentially carcinogenic. Reports claiming exposure to this foam include injuries such as cancer, respiratory infection, lung problems, difficulty breathing, chest pain, pneumonia, dizziness, nausea, asthma, headaches, and coughs.
In order to qualify for CPAP litigation, it must be proven that you have used a recalled Philips CPAP machine and suffered cancer, respiratory complications, or other damage to your lungs, liver, or kidneys as a result. While symptoms can range from respiratory irritation to life-threatening forms of cancer, possible early signs of exposure can also include symptoms such as headaches, inflammation, or organ failure.
Individual injury lawsuits are seeking financial compensation for failure on Philips’ behalf to warn users of the risks from using their ventilation products.
If you used a recalled Philips CPAP, BiPAP (bilevel positive airway pressure), or ventilator machine and suffered from cancer, respiratory complications, or other personal injury, you may be eligible to join the Philips CPAP class action lawsuit. Call Van Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your case with experienced attorneys.
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