Philips Respironics, a division of Royal Philips Electronics, has been named in a lawsuit alleging that its continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines caused cancer and other serious health problems. The plaintiff, who filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claims that he was diagnosed with cancer after using a Philips Respironics System One REMstar Auto CPAP Machine for approximately two years.
The plaintiff alleges that he suffered physical injuries, including cancer, as a result of his use of the Philips Respironics CPAP machine. The suit alleges that Philips knew or should have known about the risks associated with its CPAP machines and failed to warn consumers about those risks. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages from Philips Respironics.
What is a CPAP Machine?
A CPAP machine is a medical device that delivers positive airway pressure to sleep apnea patients while they sleep. The positive airway pressure keeps the patient’s airway open so that they can breathe properly during sleep. Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep, often due to obstruction of the airway. Sleep apnea can cause serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
How Does the Lawsuit Claim that Philips CPAP Machines Caused Cancer?
The Philips CPAP lawsuit alleges that defendants failed to warn consumers about the risks associated with their CPAP machines and specifically failed to warn consumers about a possible link between their CPAP machines and cancer. The suit cites a study published in 2015 in which it was found that people who used CPAP machines had an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer. The study found that the risk was highest for people who used their CPAP machines for longer than four years.
The plaintiff in this case alleges that he was diagnosed with cancer after using his Philips Respironics System One REMstar Auto CPAP Machine for approximately two years. He claims that he would not have purchased or used the machine if he had been properly warned about the risks associated with it.
Philips has denied any wrongdoing and has said that it will “vigorously defend” itself against the lawsuit. In a statement released by Philips, the company said: “Patient safety is our top priority at Philips Respironics and we take complaints very seriously. We are not aware of any scientific evidence supporting the claims made in this Philips CPAP machine recall lawsuit.”
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer after using a Philips Respironics System One REMstar Auto CPAP Machine, you may be entitled to compensation. A team of experienced attorneys is currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of victims who have been diagnosed with cancer after using these devices. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options.