Patients across the country filed Philips CPAP lawsuits after they suffered adverse effects from using Philips sleep apnea machines or mechanical ventilators. These conditions include certain cancers, respiratory diseases and other injuries. If you believe your injury was a result of using a recalled Philips device, you may be able to seek compensation. Speak to an experienced CPAP lawsuit lawyer today about your situation.
What is CPAP or BiPAP?
For many years, consumers have been using Philips Respironics CPAP machines to treat sleep apnea, which is often associated with other serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease.
These machines, known as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and BiLevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) machines, help manage the dangerous effects of obstructive sleep apnea. Worn over the face, these masks help push air into the lungs gently during the night to keep the airway open and to help regulate breathing.
Philips Sleep Apnea Machine Recalls
In June 2021, Philips recalled several million CPAP and BiPAP machines, as well as ventilators made between 2009 and 2021. The FDA has classified this recall as Class I, the most serious type of recall. The use of these devices may lead to serious injury or death.
Philips made these machines with polyester-based polyurethane foam (PE-PUR) to help quiet the vibrations of the machines. Over time, this foam may break down and release tiny particles, as well as carcinogens, into the machine. Lawsuits allege that as patients used these machines, they breathed in these deadly particles and gases, potentially causing a variety of health issues, such as:
- Acute Respiratory Distress System (ARDS)
- Chemical poisoning that resulted in hospitalization
- Hematopoietic Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney/Renal Damage/Failure/AKI
- Liver Cancer
- Liver Failure
- Lung Cancer
- Lung Disease
- Lymphatic Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Nasal Cancer
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Pleural Effusion
- Reactive Airway Disease (RAD)
- Respiratory Failure
Understanding the Philips CPAP Lawsuits
Individual lawsuits concerning Philips CPAP machines, BiPAP machines, and mechanical ventilators have been centralized into a multi-district litigation (MDL) before one judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
If you used a recalled Philips sleep apnea machine or ventilator and have experienced any of the adverse health conditions listed above, you may be able to participate in the litigation.
CPAP lawsuits address the potentially dangerous and deadly side effects alleged to be caused by malfunctions in Philips ventilators and Philips sleep apnea machines. Plaintiffs claim that Philips knew of the health risks associated with PE-PUR foam but did not warn consumers.
If you have used one of these devices and have since suffered from side effects, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately.
If you have any questions about these lawsuits, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you determine if you are eligible to file a claim.