Philips CPAP Lawsuit
Are you a sleep apnea sufferer who has been wondering if you are eligible to file a Philips CPAP lawsuit? The massive recall of millions of devices that Philips Respironics issued has resulted in thousands of lawsuits from victims who had adverse medical issues after using the defective machines. If you believe you are one of those victims, contact the Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch to find out what legal options may be available to you.
Sleep Apnea and Treatments
It is estimated that more than 18 million people in the United States – one out of every five adult – suffers from sleep apnea. The condition causes a person’s breathing to stop and restart multiple times while they are sleeping. This leaves the body unable to get enough oxygen. Not only does this cause issues of poor-quality sleep, but sufferers also can develop diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease, and other conditions.
There are two types of sleep apnea that a person can be diagnosed with. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the throat muscles relax, creating a block to the flow of air into the lungs. The second type is central sleep apnea (CSA) which occurs when the brain fails to send the right signals to the muscles that control breathing.
One of the most common treatments prescribed for people with sleep apnea are Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machines. CPAP machines are used for people with obstructive sleep apnea and BiPap machines are used for those who have been diagnosed with central sleep apnea.
Philips Respironics is one of the major manufacturers of these machines and have manufactured millions of these devices for more than a decade. In June 2021, the company recalled four million CPAP and BiPAP machines because of a major – and dangerous – defect.
The company used a polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) foam as a way to reduce the vibrations the machines make, making them operate more quietly. However, it has been discovered that this foam breaks down over time, causing a high risk of the person using the machine inhaling or swallowing debris. The serious and potentially fatal conditions that machine users have been exposed to include:
- Acute inhalation injury
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- Inflammation of the lungs with fluid buildup
- Interstitial lung disease
- Lung tissue scarring
- Pulmonary fibrosis
- Respiratory failure
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Breast cancer
- Lung cancer
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Autoimmune diseases (lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.)
- Chronic headaches
- Irritation of the eyes
- Irritation of the nose
- Irritation of the skin
- Hypersensitivity to certain gasses or chemicals
Philips CPAP Lawsuits
If you used a CPAP or BiPAP machine manufactured by Philips Respironics between the years 2009 through 2021 and have suffered health issues associated with that use, you may be able to take legal action through a Philips CPAP lawsuit. If you have suffered exposure to the deadly chemicals in these machines – such as dimethyl diazene, diethylene glycol, toluene diisocyanate, and toluene diamine – causing potentially chronic or fatal conditions – the legal team at the Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch will fight diligently to get you the financial compensation you may be entitled to. There are multiple lawsuits pending, with new claims being filed on a regular basis because of the massive amount of potential victims these dangerous products may have caused harm to.
Find Out Your Legal Rights
In addition to the numerous victims who have been diagnosed with medical issues connected to the Phillips machines, there are an overwhelming number of potential victims who may be unaware that they are walking around with an undiagnosed medical condition caused by their sleep apnea machines. If you have been using one of these machines or have used one in the past, do not delay in contacting the Law Offices Of Andrew Lynch to find out more about your potential Philips CPAP lawsuit in Georgia.