If you have used a Philips Respironics Continuous or Non-Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine to treat a sleep disorder and have suffered an adverse medical diagnosis, you may be entitled to compensation through a CPAP lawsuit. On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics recalled certain Continuous and Non-Continuous Ventilators due to exposure to harmful debris and chemicals. Unfortunately, the use of this machine has been linked to serious respiratory conditions, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Continue to follow along to learn if you qualify for this lawsuit and discover how a determined Prince George’s County Defective Product Lawyer can help you navigate this situation.
What are Philips CPAP machines used to treat?
The Philips CPAP and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP or BPAP) machines are prescribed to help treat sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly which can completely stop airflow when an individual is asleep. These types of ventilators are used to provide respiratory support by delivering pressurized air through the airway through a tube and mask. These ventilators are commonly used in homes, hospitals, and other institutional settings.
Why were certain ventilators recalled?
Philips Respironics recalled certain CPAP and BiPAP machines because it was discovered that the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used to reduce sound and vibrations, can be broken down and enter the device’s air pathway. This is extremely dangerous and harmful to users as black debris and certain chemicals can be inhaled. Exposure to these dangerous toxins can cause adverse events and serious medical issues. Philips Respironics sent users a letter requesting they discontinue the use of the device, they will replace the PE-PUR foam with a new silicone foam to correct the issue, and users should get rid of any ozone-related cleaning products. This recall has been classified as a class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall. It is classified as class I because the use of the device can lead to serious injuries, illnesses, and fatalities.
How long do I have to pursue legal action?
If you have suffered a serious medical diagnosis from using a Philips Respironics CPAP machine, it is imperative to hire an experienced Prince George’s County defective product lawyer who can help you understand your legal options. In Maryland, you have three years from the date of the incident or the date you discovered your injuries to file a claim against a negligent party. If you fail to file a claim within this time frame, you will be barred from filing one in the future. Therefore, you will lose your opportunity to recover monetary compensation for your damages. It is critical to meet the deadline to ensure you do not accidentally forfeit your right to compensation.
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