Philips Respironics CPAP machines have been recalled after a serious issue was discovered with the devices’ polyurethane sound-abatement foam. Upon regular use, the foam can break apart and be unknowingly inhaled by the user, possibly leading to an array of serious health conditions including cancer. With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently slamming Philips for not doing enough to warn patients of this danger, now is the time to take legal action against the company for negligence.
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The polyurethane foam-related recall has affected a wide variety of Philips’ CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator machines. There are so many machines and devices affected by the recall that it is more likely that you have an affected machine than you don’t.
Recalled CPAP machines and similar Philips Respironics devices include:
All owners of Philips brand CPAP machines, BiPAP machines, and ventilators are urged to check if their products have been recalled. The company has instructed consumers to discontinue the use of the recalled machines immediately and request a refund or replacement. However, there have been reported complications in how Philips has handled the replacement. Many consumers have sent their defective machines to Philips but have yet to get any sort of replacement, so they have gone weeks or months without a CPAP machine necessary to get a full night’s sleep.
(For full instructions about the recall and what the FDA advises, you can click here to see an FDA press release about it.)
Inhaling the polyurethane foam is not safe. Even in microscopic amounts, serious health issues can begin to develop. Because the foam breaks apart so slowly, though, most users did not notice any issue at first, meaning that they could have inhaled bits of foam for months or possibly years. The risk of a health complication increases the longer the defective CPAP machines are used.
So far, illnesses and issues reported by Philips CPAP machine users include:
If you have used a defective CPAP machine in the last few years or so, and you have since begun experiencing various health issues that your doctors cannot figure out, then there might be a connection. Please see your medical provider again and inform them of your CPAP machine use if you have not already. It might help them reach an updated, accurate diagnosis that then benefits your claim’s chances of success.
Let our Oklahoma CPAP machine recall attorneys help you discover your legal rights and utilize them if you were hurt by a Philips CPAP device. If you still possess the defective product, then please do not send it back to Philips just yet. It might be the best piece of physical evidence you have to strengthen your claim. Let our legal team inspect it first, and then we can decide how to progress your case from there.
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