Your handy guide for understanding the Philips CPAP lawsuits

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Your handy guide for understanding the Philips CPAP lawsuits

CPAP therapy, for the unversed, is used for the treatment of sleep apnea. Philips – the known Dutch multinational conglomerate – has the largest share in CPAP market. Philips CPAP lawsuits allege that these devices have a design defect, which causes PE-PUR foam to get degraded into smaller particles. The particles, besides other chemicals, can end up in the air pathways of the devices, causing the user to inhale/ingest these PE-PUR foam particles.  Prolonged use of these CPAP devices can cause cancer, and other respiratory and lung disorders. If you have used these devices and have been diagnosed with cancer and other health concerns, you may have a valid CPAP lawsuit and compensation could be around the corner for you or your loved one. Here is a handy guide explaining what this lawsuit is about and who qualifies.

Which devices have been mentioned in these lawsuits?

Philips CPAP lawsuits allege that three devices – CPAP, Bi-Level PAP devices and mechanical ventilators – have design defects. As a result of the defect, users may end up inhaling/ingesting foam particles. Besides design defect, the lawsuits allege that the company failed to warn the public about foam degradation, gross negligence, and deceptive trade practices. 

Have these devices been recalled?

Yes, the company recalled millions of CPAP devices on June 14, 2021. 

Can you file a Philips CPAP lawsuit?

It depends on facts of the case. If you have any of the recalled CPAP, Bi-Level PAP devices and mechanical ventilators and have been diagnosed with cancer, you may have a valid lawsuit. There are personal injury law firms in the US that are accepting these Philips CPAP lawsuits, and most attorneys will offer free initial consultation. You have limited time to take action after your diagnosis to file such lawsuits, so do not delay in calling an attorney. 

What is the current status of these lawsuits?

All Philips CPAP lawsuits are in early stages of litigation. These are being filed as separate lawsuits, but are likely to join a federal multi-district litigation. For the uninitiated, all lawsuits are different and separate in an MDL, but the judge will hear a few bellwether cases, which will set the tone for negotiation. The purpose of multi-district litigation is to accelerate the process. 

How much does a lawyer cost?

Law firms are accepting Philips CPAP lawsuits on a contingency fee. If the lawyer agrees to take the case, they wouldn’t ask for a fee, until they have won a financial settlement for you. You don’t need to pay the lawyer right away. 

Call a lawyer today to discuss a possible lawsuit.

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