Millions of people rely on CPAP, BiPAP, or other mechanical ventilators to help treat sleep apnea. Tragically, the very machine they rely on to treat breathing problems may actually be causing them far greater harm.
Medical device manufacturer, Royal Philips, announced a recall of several of its sleep apnea devices amid findings that certain components in the machine may degrade and release toxic particles that are inhaled and that could cause respiratory illness or even lung cancer.
Philips estimates that 3 to 4 million devices may be affected, the majority of which are first-generation DreamStation products sold before April 2021.
The recalled Philips CPAP and ventilator devices have been linked to an increased risk of airway contamination, chemical exposure, and possible cancer. The problem is related to polyester-based polyurethane foam which is a sound-abatement component of certain models of the devices. Philips designed the machines with this toxic foam inside the same tubes that carries the air that users breathe.
The sound abatement foam can break down or degrade into toxic particles, entering into the device air pathway where they are inhaled or ingested by the user. Currently, it is difficult to say how many health risks there are from the use of these defective Philips devices. If you use or used one of these devices, we would encourage you to talk with your physician. If you are experiencing any health issues you believe could be related to the recalled device, talk with your doctor about that as well.
Users may experience a variety of side effects and symptoms, including:
If so, you may be eligible for compensation and should seek legal assistance. Charles Boyk Law is committed to helping clients hold companies accountable for their negligence and get them the compensation they deserve.
If you have developed cancer due to a defective Philips Bi-Level PAP or CPAP machine, you might be eligible for financial compensation. Call Charles Boyk Law today at (419) 241-1395 for a free and confidential consultation, during which you can learn more about your rights and legal options.
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC