People with sleep apnea who rely on CPAP, BiPAP, and other mechanical ventilators know these devices can play a lifesaving role in their nightly routines. However, a manufacturer recall in 2021 left millions of users uncertain about how defective Philips CPAP machines could be affecting their health. Many people are now dealing with serious health challenges after being exposed to harmful chemicals in the devices.
A Philips CPAP mass tort lawyer can help you understand your eligibility to file a lawsuit and seek compensation. You may be able to recover damages for your medical bills and many other losses.
Philips is a major manufacturer of CPAP devices, BiPAP machines, and other mechanical ventilators. Many of these machines used a foam product to reduce the noise and sound that emitted from them. However, several issues were discovered with the foam used in certain Philips products.
The polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam in the devices was known to:
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reports that people harmed by foam particle inhalation may experience skin, eye, or upper respiratory irritation, among other symptoms. Exposure to off-gassing VOCs can also lead to symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and similar forms of respiratory irritation. In worst-case scenarios, exposure to degraded PE-PUR foam can even have cancer-causing effects.
People who are now facing major respiratory concerns or symptoms of cancer are filing lawsuits to hold Philips accountable.
Anyone who was harmed by a recalled Philips CPAP device may be affected by the CPAP mass tort. To be eligible to file a lawsuit, you will need evidence that shows:
You may not yet know if your health condition is related to a defective CPAP device. If so, speak with a doctor about your symptoms immediately (if you have not done so already).
You may also want to contact a Philips CPAP mass tort lawyer for guidance and information. At KJT Law Group, our injury law firm will offer you a free case review. During this time, you can discuss your health situation and your legal options to file suit.
According to the FDA, there are a variety of symptoms that users of defective Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or other mechanical ventilators may experience. These include:
After exposure to the toxins in PE-PUR foam, device users may also be diagnosed with cancer or other serious illnesses, including:
Many other forms of cancer have been reported among people filing CPAP lawsuits. If you do not see your health condition on this list, you could still be eligible to file suit.
The recalled Philips devices include: