CPAP & BiPAP Injury Attorney in Houston, Texas
Our leading Houston personal injury attorney, Charles J. Argento, is dedicated to providing clients throughout Texas with the legal representation they need to fully recover from injuries caused by another person or party’s negligence — including injuries, illnesses, and fatalities caused by companies that produce dangerous projects and devices.
Our Harris County personal injury lawyer is currently reviewing cases related to defective CPAP and BiPAP sleep apnea machines that are causing significant medical challenges requiring long-term medical care — including lung, kidney, liver, colon, and other cancers — and tragic fatalities from heart attacks and heart failure across the nation.
If you or someone you love has had their health adversely affected from using a defective sleep apnea machine and its defective sound abatement foam, contact our skilled Houston personal injury attorney today to learn about your legal options to hold the manufacturer liable for your complete damages.
How Are CPAP & BiPAP Machines Causing Health Problems in Texas?
According to the latest statistics, one in five adults have Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and one in 15 adults has Moderate to Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
The result of these complications is approximately eight million Americans use CPAP or BiPAP machines while they sleep, to counter the dangerous effects of sleep apnea.
The CPAP and BiPAP machines provide users with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) that gives the users a constant airstream into the lungs by preventing the throat muscles from collapsing during use.
Before going to sleep, users securely place a mask relatively tightly over their nose and mouth to create a seal that does not allow air to leave the area when it is correctly applied and properly working. This allows the user’s breathing to remain continuously unobstructed while they sleep.
Our Houston personal injury lawyer is not disputing the effectiveness of sleep apnea machines in the U.S. However, we are becoming increasingly concerned about the health of our fellow Texans as recalls are providing supporting evidence that some sleep apnea machines are releasing deadly toxins.
These toxins are causing serious illnesses and even death in CPAP and BiPAP users throughout Texas, and we want to help those affected pursue the financial recovery they deserve for their injuries, illnesses, and the tragic losses of their loved ones.
What are the Most Common Health Risks Associated with CPAP & BiPAP Machines in Texas?
Recently, a major manufacturer, Philips, issued a nationwide safety recall of certain CPAP, BiPAP, and other sleep apnea machines disclosing that users of the apparatus may have been inhaling small particles of polyurethane foam that can cause serious and debilitating health conditions.
The recalled devices included:
- All Configurations of the DreamStation CPAP, including Pro and Auto
- All Configurations of the DreamStation BiPAP, including Pro and Auto
- All Configurations of the DreamStation ST, ASV, and AVAPS
The Polyurethane Foam — specifically the PE-PUR foam used in Philips models — used in CPAP and BiPAP machines provides sound abatement, so the user can sleep comfortably without excessive noise coming from the machine.
Earlier this year, Philips issued a safety warning identifying the possible risks of their CPAP, BiPAP, and other sleep apnea machines may cause users, including that the foam degrades over time, causing users to unknowingly inhale tiny particles of the foam while they sleep.
Inhaling these dangerous particles from defective sound abatement foam can cause:
- Headaches, Dizziness & Sinus Infections
- Throat Inflammation
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Respiratory Conditions
- Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Organ Damage
- Lung, Kidney, Liver, Colon, and Other Cancers
- Heart Attacks
- Heart Failure
In June 2021, Philips announced a nationwide recall of nearly all its first-generation CPAP, BiPAP, and other sleep apnea devices.
However, for most users, the damage may have already been done. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries, illnesses, or a fatal response to the Philips CPAP, BiPAP, or other sleep apnea machines, contact our skilled Houston personal injury attorney at Charles J. Argento today to schedule a free consultation by calling 713-225-5050 or by contacting us online to discuss your case to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue financial recovery for your complete damages.