Why is Phillips in the News?

Why is Phillips in the News?

Many people might have heard about the recent CPAP voluntary recall issued in 2021. However, some might not know the reason behind why Phillips is in the news. Phillips is a Dutch technology company that produces a variety of electronics, including medical devices. The company has been in the news recently because of its decision to voluntarily recall some of its CPAP machines.

The recall was issued after it was discovered that some of the machines had Polyurethane foam that would break down. When inhaled, the effects were disastrous. Below is everything you need to know about the recent lawsuit against CPAP machines.

What is a CPAP Machine?

A CPAP machine is a sleep apnea treatment device. It’s a mask that you wear over your nose and mouth during sleep. The mask is hooked up to a small machine that blows air into the mask. This keeps your airways open so you can breathe properly during sleep.

CPAP machines are often used to treat sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. This can happen because your airway is blocked or because your brain doesn’t signal your muscles to breathe.

Sleep apnea can cause serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. It can also increase the risk of accidents if you fall asleep while driving.

CPAP machines are the most common treatment for sleep apnea. They’re very effective, but they can be loud and uncomfortable. Some people also find it hard to sleep with a CPAP mask on.

What Happened?

Phillips designs machines used for sleep apnea and used Polyurethane foam as sound-dampening material in their machines. The foam was supposed to break down slowly over time, but it was found that the foam would break down much faster when exposed to high temperatures.

When the foam broke down, it released particles into the air. These particles could be inhaled by people using the CPAP machine. According to the FDA, inhaling these particles could cause serious adverse health consequences, including:

  • Headache
  • Upper airway irritation
  • Cough
  • Chest pressure
  • Sinus infection
  • Irritation to the skin, eye, and respiratory tract
  • Inflammatory response
  • Headache
  • Asthma
  • Toxic or carcinogenic effects to organs, such as to the kidneys and liver

The FDA launched an investigation after Phillips issued a voluntary recall. Unfortunately, many people have suffered deaths and other negative effects due to using certain CPAP machines.

What Happens Now?

If you or a loved one has been affected by the CPAP recall, you may be wondering what happens next. Many people are filing lawsuits against Phillips. It’s important to speak with a lawyer to understand your legal options and whether you qualify to file a lawsuit. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and other damages.

Your lawyer will help you understand how to file a lawsuit, and will take certain steps to do so, including:

  • Investigating your case: Your lawyer will need to know which CPAP machine you used and if it is on the list of voluntarily recalled machines.
  • Collecting evidence: Your lawyer will also collect evidence to support your claim, including medical records and testimony from experts.
  • Filing a lawsuit: Once your lawyer has collected enough evidence, they will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
  • Seeking compensation: Your lawyer will then work to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. This can include money for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.

If you or a loved one has been affected by the CPAP recall, don’t hesitate to speak with a lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

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