Phillips has issued a recall for over 5 million sleep apnea devices due to an issue with foam used in the respirator. So far, the FDA has received more than 44,000 complaints about this problem. At least 44 people have died due to complications.
According to the recall, the faulty foam in Phillips sleep apnea respirators is linked to a disparate range of injuries and illnesses, including pneumonia, asthma, and nodules. Coughing, chest pain, headache, breathing difficulties, respiratory problems, and chronic headaches are also common after exposure to these machines. In addition, some recent reports of cancer may also be linked to the Phillips sleep apnea device.
Sleep apnea is an issue impacting millions of people worldwide. There are different kinds of sleep apnea, but the hallmark of them all are periods while sleeping where breathing stops. In addition, snoring, choking noises, and general restlessness are common with sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is linked to excessive daytime fatigue, mood disorders, irritability, and frequent sore throat. It also increases the risks for hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, all of which can be fatal.
The most common treatment for sleep apnea is CPAP. These devices are designed to improve sleep quality and quality of life and to reduce the risks of serious complications. However, when these machines become dangerous or deadly, people struggling with sleep apnea are placed in increased and unnecessary danger.
What are Your Options?
Victims of defective medical devices are entitled to seek compensation. If you or someone you love has been impacted by a defective sleep apnea device, talking to an attorney will help you understand your rights and options.
Depending on the specifics of your claim, you may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, personal pain and suffering, and more. We can review your case free of charge to help you determine the best course forward.
Please call Shaw Cowart, LLP at 512-499-8900 to schedule your complimentary case review today. We have offices in Austin and San Antonio. We serve victims of serious injury living throughout Texas.