Philips Respironics is facing a major class-action lawsuit related to their popular line of CPAP machines. The plaintiffs allege that the design of these devices causes lung injuries and cancer, as evidenced by the high rates of those conditions among patients who have been exposed to them. If you or someone you know has used a Philips Respironics machine for sleep apnea treatment, then it is important that you seek legal help from Shouse law.
Also, read this article so that you can take legal action if necessary.
Understanding CPAP Machines
CPAP machines are devices used to treat sleep apnea by delivering pressurized air through a mask worn while you sleep. This creates positive pressure in the upper respiratory system so that your throat does not collapse during inhalation, and this allows for uninterrupted breathing throughout the night.
CPAP machines are believed to be defective for a number of reasons;
First, the design requires that you wear something over your nose and mouth while you sleep for many hours at a time, which is believed to cause serious lung injuries like COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or cancer.
Second, these devices are known to leak air out the front of the mask where it is inhaled, and the plaintiffs allege that this air has been found to contain a number of hazardous substances like benzene.
Third, these devices can malfunction in incredibly dangerous ways, greatly increasing your risk of injury or even death while you sleep. For instance, if there is too much pressure being delivered by the machine, it may cause the airway to collapse. Also, it may even cause the machine itself to explode.
What if I Used a Philips Respironics CPAP Machine?
If you or someone you know has used one of these devices for sleep apnea treatment, then there are several legal claims that could apply in your case. For instance, they include strict liability claims for defective design, strict liability claims for negligently manufacturing the machines, fraudulent concealment of product risks or defects in marketing campaigns.
Additionally, you may have a claim based on common law theories, including negligence to warn about potential dangers when using the device. Also, there is a breach of express warranty due to their false promises that these devices are safe enough to use for extended periods of time.
Also, you may have a claim for negligence if the medical staff who prescribed this device to you failed to warn you about any potential risks associated with its use. Furthermore, you can still file a claim if they assumed that it was safe enough for occasional overnight use by healthy people without long term respiratory problems.
If You are Worried About Lung Injuries or Cancer
Suppose you or someone you know has developed lung injuries or cancer due to using a Philips Respironics CPAP machine. In this case, it is important for them to speak with an attorney immediately. The legal window in which they can file these claims may have already expired. Therefore, action must be taken quickly if there are still time limits involved before your legal rights expire.
Find a Skilled CPAP Attorney
At Shouse Injury Law Group, we have been representing people who were injured due to defective medical devices for years, and we are here to speak with you about your potential case. We offer free consultations to help answer any questions you may have about the legal process or what kind of compensation might be available if a claim is won. We will help you get the compensation you deserve after being injured by this dangerous medical device.
For more information, reach out to us, and our attorney will review your case!