The voluntary recall of some Philips sleep and respiratory care machines has resulted in a lot of Philips CPAP lawsuit claims filed by users who developed lung cancer and respiratory issues. An experienced CPAP lawyer can represent those harmed by recalled devices and have gotten medical treatment for serious injuries.
In June 2021, the FDA alerted doctors and individuals using ventilators, CPAP breathing machines, and Bilevel PAP from Philips of a recall. Additionally, it announced that the use of these recalled products could result in the development of lung cancer. This forces the manufacturer to recall millions of its CPAP and BiPAP ventilator machines. This has to do with the toxic sound abatement foam these devices are using.
What the Lawsuits are Alleging
The manufacturer faces a class-action lawsuit that affected users filed. These users allegedly experienced health problems like asthma because of exposure to degraded particles that the machines emit during exhalation. Issues could arise if the defective ventilators contain polyester-based polyurethane foam particles. When the foam degrades, it releases toxic chemicals and particles that may enter the air pathway of the device, through which they can be inhaled or swallowed by those who use the machines.
Reasons People Use CPAP Ventilators
The BiPAP and CPAP machines from Philips help mitigate the symptoms of certain disorders such as sleep apnea. It works by delivering increased air pressure into the user’s throat through breathing tubes to prevent a collapse of the airway during inhalation. Such machines can treat respiratory failure; however, don’t involve intubation. Also, patients with sleep disorders can use them at home. The machines can effectively manage obstructive sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Those who have been using the defective models of these machines for a long time are at risk of developing certain cancers, organ failure, asthma, pneumonia, and other serious issues.
Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Recalled Machines
A lot of affected users have filed a class-action lawsuit after they suffered injuries from recalled CPAP and BiPAP devices. A lot of victims have been getting medical care paid using their medical insurance. Because of this, insurance companies may seek reimbursement through lawsuits for the funds they use to pay the medical expenses of their policyholders as a result of using their ventilators. According to complaints, the manufacturer of the machine did not warn the public about the hazards of their defective product and the issues with the sound abasement foam component.