When you suffer from sleep apnea, your only relief may come in the form of a CPAP machine. These are specialized devices that help ensure you are breathing all night long. However, when your machine is defective due to the negligence of the manufacturer, it can do more harm than good. If you were impacted by the Philips brand machines, you may be interested in joining the nationwide CPAP lawsuit. Keep reading to learn how a San Angelo, Texas defective product lawyer can help you through this process.
What Is the CPAP Lawsuit?
On June 14, 2021, Philips Respironics released an immediate recall of several of their CPAP and BiPAP machines due to an imminent health and safety concern. This is due to the disintegration of the foam used in the machine. This foam, a PE-PUR or polyester polyurethane compound, can infiltrate the system, leading the user to inhale and ingest this foam. PE-PUR contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are known toxins and carcinogens.
The foam in the machine can deteriorate for a number of reasons, including exposure to sunlight, heat, oxygen, moisture, and other common elements. There are currently nineteen systems impacted by this foam.
Unfortunately, court documents have suggested that Philips knew about the dangers of this foam years before the recall.
How Do I Know if I am Eligible to Receive Compensation?
Generally, if you are under 80 years old, have used one of the nineteen recalled Philips Respironics devices every day for at least six months, and have suffered health issues as a result, you are likely eligible to file a lawsuit against the company.
The range of health issues associated with this machine is believed to be immense due to the compounds making up the foam. However, if you have been diagnosed with pulmonary complications like fibrosis or other illnesses, kidney or liver issues, or cancer, you may be eligible. As mentioned, the number of illnesses believed to be associated with this product is immense, so you may qualify if you’re facing any number of health issues after using one of these devices.
What Should I Do if I’ve Been Impacted by a Defective Product?
If you believe you were injured or made sick due to a Philips Respironics CPAP machine, you’ll want to contact an attorney as soon as possible. The Texas statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years, meaning your time is running out. Because the recall was announced on June 14, 2021, you will only have until June 14, 2023, to file a claim.
If you need assistance getting justice for the injuries you’ve suffered due to these complications, you’ll want to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At the Mathis Law Firm, we believe in holding the negligent parties responsible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you through this complex legal matter.