What To Know About The Pending CPAP Class Action Lawsuits
Manufacturers are required to use a certain degree of care when designing and producing products that are intended for consumer use. Unfortunately, companies don’t always fulfill this responsibility., in which case, they can be held liable for their negligence. A number of class action lawsuits, for instance, were recently filed against a medical equipment company by consumers who were injured after using its sleep apnea machines. If you or a loved one were diagnosed with cancer, lung problems, or another injury after using a recalled Philips machine, please reach out to our experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers to learn more about your own eligibility for compensation.
Earlier this year, the Dutch medical equipment manufacturer recalled millions of its CPAP and BiPAP machines and ventilators, designed to treat sleep apnea and respiratory failure respectively. The recall was issued in response to the discovery that the recalled products contained polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR), which was used for sound abatement purposes and when broken down and inhaled or ingested, can emit volatile organic compounds (VOC). These compounds have been linked to adverse effects on organs, as well as:
- Upper airway irritation;
- Inflammation of the lungs;
- Respiratory issues, such as asthma;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Irritation to the skin and eyes;
- Kidney and liver damage; and
- Certain cancers.
If you or a loved one used a Philips sleep apnea machine or ventilator and experienced any of these symptoms, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. Please call our office today to learn more.
Class Action Complaints
The class action complaints initiated by users of Philips; CPAP products allege that the company knew about the risks that its products posed long before they were recalled. As evidence, the plaintiffs point to the many complaints received by Philips over the years about black particles in users’ machines. Despite these complaints, the manufacturer didn’t warn the public about the hazards of using the products until late April of this year and didn’t recall the devices for another two months. Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for their injury-related medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Were You Injured After Using a Philips CPAP Machine?
As consumers, we place a lot of faith in manufacturers, especially those that sell medical equipment. Millions of people, for instance, purchased CPAP machines from Philips to treat respiratory problems, like sleep apnea, only to discover that the very machines meant to help treat them, may have caused even worse health problems. At Boone & Davis, we are dedicated to helping those who were injured after using their CPAP machines obtain compensation to cover their treatment and other losses. To help ensure that injured users obtain compensation as quickly as possible, we are limiting our representation to claimants who became physically ill after using the device and are not handling cases in which users are strictly attempting to obtain reimbursement for their machines. For a free evaluation of your own case, please call our dedicated personal injury lawyers at 954-566-9919 today.