Sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to several fatal complications. People with sleep apnea stop breathing multiple times while sleeping each night. Breath cessation may last for up to ten seconds each time, interfering with proper oxygen flow to the body and brain. This can exacerbate existing conditions while increasing risks for heart disease, hypertension, mood disorders, excessive daytime fatigue, and cognitive difficulties.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP. These machines produce a consistent flow of oxygen to help prevent periods of breath cessation. Oxygen is delivered through tubes inserted at the nostrils or provided through a respirator worn over the mouth.
It is estimated that more than 8 million people in the United States rely on CPAP.
Phillips CPAP Recall
Phillips has recently issued a recall for their sleep apnea machines due to an issue with the foam used in the respirators. According to the FDA, a suspected breakdown of the foam used in Phillips respirators has resulted in more than 48,000 complaints involving a wide range of injuries, including:
- Respiratory problems
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
According to the FDA, 44 deaths related to these CPAP machines had been reported as of July.
What Are Your Rights?
CPAP machines are intended to save lives. They are designed to improve sleep quality, decrease risks for serious and deadly disorders, and help people suffering from sleep apnea live healthy and fulfilling lives. What happens when they do the exact opposite or cause issues on their own?
When a defective product injures you, you have every right to hold the manufacturer accountable and to seek compensation for all related damages. This may include medical expenses, wages lost during recovery, forced changes to your lifestyle, personal pain and suffering, and any other issues related to your injury. Talking to a qualified lawyer is an excellent way to learn more about your rights and options.
You Are Not Alone
A recall has been issued for these devices, but that does not protect Phillips from liability for any damage already done. Injury from a defective product can have wide-reaching and profound consequences. If you are facing these, use our lawyer locator to find an attorney in your area and schedule a free case review today.