Sleep is a critical part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. While most people realize this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that as high as 35% of the adult population does not get adequate amounts of sleep. There are several reasons why this is so, and the medical condition known as sleep apnea is one of them.
When a person goes to bed but they are unable to breathe consistently throughout their slumber, and their breathing is intermittent with periods where there is no breathing, this is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that more than 25 million Americans suffer from. While men and women can both develop sleep apnea, men are more prone to it than women. Up to 31% of men have sleep apnea versus up to 21% of women who have the condition.
Sleep Apnea can be treated with surgical procedures, lifestyle changes, and continuous positive airway pressure machines. However, the leading manufacturer of the CPAP machine, Philips Respironics, had to issue a recall of the DreamStation model in June of 2021.
Why Was the Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP Recalled?
Millions of sleep apnea sufferers were put in danger by the Philips Respironics DreamStation CPAP machine and impacted by the recall. The foam inside of the machine was said to be defective. As a result, using the machine posed a serious health threat including cancer, irreversible lung damage, and death.
Philips announced that they would be initiating a repair and replacement program for the CPAP machine but gave very little detail about the process. This has left many CPAP users unsure about if the repairs will make their machines truly safe as well as what the process is to get a replacement. Also, there is the question of if replacement models will be safe for use.
Individuals who were unknowingly injured using their Philips CPAP machine and burdened by having to figure out how to replace their system with a safer model may be able to sue the company for their damages. If you are one of these individuals, it is important that you do not get rid of your CPAP machine. It is best to hold off on sending your machine back to Philips.
To learn more about your rights when you have been injured by a defective medical device, speaking to a defective product attorney can help. In Jackson, MS, Bob Germany is a Jackson medical defective device attorney that has more than four decades of helping injured people secure justice and compensation for their damages.
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The damages that a person who was using the defective Philips CPAP machine may have suffered have the potential to be substantial. Obtaining a fair settlement is necessary to cover these costs and to recompense victims that were harmed by the faulty machine.
If you would like to learn more about how to file a defective medical device claim for compensation, please call the Jackson personal injury attorney at Germany Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at (601) 487-0555.