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Have You Used a CPAP Machine That Causes Cancer?

 Posted on December 12, 2022 in Product Liability

rockford cpap injury lawyerThe constant advances in the medical industry often mislead the average consumer into feeling like products recommended by doctors are always safe. Unfortunately, lack of research, poor design, and greed and corruption on the part of medical device designers and manufacturers can expose patients to dangerous conditions that can pose serious, life-long risks. 

One type of defective medical product that has become notorious in recent years for causing cancer is CPAP and BiPAP machines made by Philips. These machines exposed users to toxic chemicals that caused specific types of cancers and respiratory illnesses, often with fatal consequences. If you used a Philips CPAP machine or any other dangerous or defective medical device, you deserve to know your options. 

Why Were These CPAP Machines Dangerous? 

The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an investigation into Philips to determine whether Philips had an idea that their machines posed risks to users. The investigation showed that Philips knew about the dangers of the CPAP machines, but did not take immediate action to issue a recall. 

In particular, the foam that was used to dampen the sound of the machines (known as the sound abatement foam) broke down during use, causing users to inhale particles. The substance the foam was made of was toxic polyester-based polyurethane and appears to have caused respiratory problems, heart failure, and cancer. 

The types of respiratory problems and cancer vary widely, but may include: 

  • Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome 

  • Brain cancer

  • Breast cancer

  • Heart failure

  • Kidney cancer

  • Leukemia

  • Lung damage and disease

  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

  • Respiratory failure

  • Severe ear, nose, and throat inflammation 

  • Thyroid cancer 

So far, more than 150 people have allegedly died due to the toxicity of the CPAP machines, and nearly 70,000 additional reports have been filed of further illnesses. 

If you used a Philips CPAP machine or BiPAP machine, and have suffered from serious respiratory injuries or cancers that are unexplained by other causes, it is worth your while to meet with a personal injury attorney who can help you gather additional information about your case. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical expenses, or loss of a loved one. 

Call a Winnebago County CPAP Injury Lawyer Today

The negative consequences of dangerous medical devices can change people’s lives forever. If you suffer from cancer that might be the result of a defective CPAP machine, you deserve legal representation from a team that will explore every avenue to get you the compensation you deserve. Call the Rockford, IL CPAP injury attorneys at Mannarino & Brasfield, A Division of Schwartz Injury Law today to schedule a free, confidential consultation at 815-215-7561






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