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Each year, numerous residents of Cincinnati are prescribed CPAP machines in an effort to combat their sleep apnea. These devices can have life-changing—or even lifesaving—effects for individuals that struggle with breathing while they sleep.
Not all CPAP devices were designed safely, however. Devices manufactured by Philips have been linked to serious lung conditions, including cancer. If you have developed certain cancers after using one of these machines, you could benefit from speaking to an experienced attorney at our firm about Cincinnati Philips CPAP lawsuits.
In June of 2021, a recall was issued for Philips CPAP devices. The recall relates to the presence of carcinogens within the device that are linked to cancer and other serious health complications. These carcinogens are found in the sound abatement foam liners within the CPAP. The liners, which are made from polyester-based polyurethane, were found to degrade over time. Gradually, these filters break down into particles that are inhaled or ingested by the user. The device lacks any form of filter to prevent this from happening.
Additionally, this foam has been found in some cases to emit other toxic chemicals like toluene diisocyanate and diethylene glycol. High heat can increase the risk of the foam degrading and releasing these chemicals. The end result is that users of Philips CPAP devices inhale a series of toxic chemicals and particles that can have serious long-term consequences.
The potential side effects of using a Philips CPAP machine vary in severity. In some cases, the use of these devices is linked to fairly minor issues, including upper airway irritation or headaches.
Other users may deal with substantially more dangerous symptoms. These symptoms depend on the type of exposure a person experiences. For instance, inhaling foam particles can lead to different conditions than inhaling the toxic gases released by the foam. Particulate exposure can lead to serious respiratory issues like asthma or respiratory tract infections. Chemical exposure can cause nausea, vomiting, coughs, and hypersensitivity.
The most serious complications connected to the use of these CPAP devices involve cancer. In addition to cancer of the lungs, these devices are also linked to liver and kidney cancer. A knowledgeable Cincinnati attorney can further advise on what conditions may warrant a lawsuit for Philips CPAP users.
Not every person is entitled to pursue legal action against Philips for the dangerous side effects linked to their CPAP devices. In order to secure compensation, a person must meet certain criteria.
First and foremost, a plaintiff must have used a Philips CPAP or Philips BiLevel CPAP device. Certain Philips ventilators also qualify. Additionally, a plaintiff must be diagnosed with a qualifying condition caused by the use of these devices. Some examples include:
Pursuing a claim against Philips can also be complicated by certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking. A skilled local attorney at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can provide deeper insight into what makes a viable CPAP injury claim.
Due to the potentially careless design of their CPAP and ventilator devices, Philips may have put countless users at serious risk of illness or death. In addition to asthma, coughing, and infections, the use of these devices has also been linked to cancer diagnoses. If you or a loved one are suffering from health issues after using these devices, contact an attorney right away to learn about your legal options for Cincinnati Philips CPAP lawsuits.