Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, therapy is recommended for treatment of sleep apnea. Dutch multinational conglomerate Philips had the largest share in the market of CPAP devices. Philips CPAP lawsuits allege that these devices cause the user to inhale degraded form particles, which can lead to cancer, lung and respiratory disorders. In June 2020, Philips recalled millions of these devices. If you have used one of these recalled devices and have been diagnosed with cancer (and/or other conditions, you may have a valid CPAP machine lawsuit. In this post, we are sharing more information related to these lawsuits, current status, and other pertinent details.
The issue with Philips CPAP devices
The devices recalled by Phillips include Bi-Level PAP, CPAP, and mechanical ventilators, all of which are meant for sleep apnea and respiratory care. These devices contain PE-PUR foam, which may be relative harmless when not tampered and has been used for dampening sound and vibrations. It has been found that PE-PUR foam can degrade into smaller particles and release chemicals, which can make way into the air pathways of these devices. As a result, users are inhaling/ingesting the PE-PUR foam particles. Exposure of the chemicals and degraded foam particles can increase the risk of cancer, respiratory and lung issues.
The current status
Philips CPAP lawsuits are at an early stage of litigation right now. More plaintiffs are coming forward, and the number of lawsuits is expected to rise significantly. These are all individual lawsuits, which will eventually join a multidistrict litigation, or MDL. The judge, in case of MDLs, hears a few bellwether cases, and that sets the tone for negotiation. Note that these Philips CPAP lawsuits are not a part of class action, and therefore, all plaintiffs will get separate settlements, if they win.
How to file a Philips CPAP lawsuit?
Like we mentioned, there are law firms that are accepting these lawsuits. Personal injury attorneys are offering free initial consultation for potential plaintiffs, which is a good way to get an assessment for your case. If the lawyer agrees to accept your Philips CPAP lawsuit, they will typically work on a contingency fee. This means that the lawyer only gets paid, if they win, and the contingency fee is typically no more than 40% of final settlement.
There is limited time to file such lawsuits in most states. Meet an attorney for your Philips CPAP lawsuit as soon as possible.