Philips Respironics on June 14, 2021, sent a letter to their customers requesting that users of their Continuous or Non-Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) ventilators discontinue the use of these devices as it has been discovered there is a potential health risk associated with the use of these machines. As a result of the potential health risks, this has been identified as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Unfortunately, users have suffered serious medical diagnoses such as life-threatening respiratory conditions and cancer. If you have used a Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP ventilator for respiratory support for a sleep disorder that has resulted in a devastating illness, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Keep reading to learn whether you may qualify for the Philips CPAP lawsuit and discover how our trusted Hartford County Personal Injury Attorneys can help you seek reasonable compensation for your damages.
Why were the machines recalled?
To treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, healthcare professionals may recommend using Philips Continuous and Non-Continuous Ventilators to provide respiratory support while you sleep. These machines deliver pressurized air through the airway to help users breathe without obstructions. Unfortunately, certain CPAP and BiPAP machines were recalled due to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam. Essentially, this foam is used to reduce sound and vibration in these ventilators. However, when the PE-PUR foam is broken down it can enter the device’s airway. If this occurs, carcinogenic chemicals and black debris from the foam could be ingested or inhaled by users which could cause serious adverse effects including cancer, damage or failure of organs, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
Do I qualify for the Philips CPAP lawsuit?
If you have used Philips Respironics sleep ventilators and experienced serious health issues as a result, you may be able to pursue legal action to seek reasonable compensation through a Philips CPAP lawsuit. You may be eligible if you have used a Philips Respironics CPAP or BiPAP ventilator every day for six months and suffered serious adverse events as a result. Ultimately, if you have developed a serious illness due to the defective Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine, you can pursue legal action as the illness was likely caused by the PE-PUR particles from the foam entering the device’s air pathway.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious health issues as a result of using a Philips CPAP or BiPAP machine to treat a sleep disorder, it is critical to hire a determined Hartford County personal injury attorney. Our firm is prepared to help you get the justice you deserve.