Even though the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recalled many Philips CPAP machines, you shouldn’t stop using yours until you talk to a doctor. A healthcare professional can give more information about whether using your CPAP machine is safe.
Talk to Your Doctor Before Discontinuing Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you stop using your CPAP machine without consulting your healthcare team, you risk:
- Chronic fatigue. If you stop breathing in the middle of the night, you’ll probably wake up multiple times. This could affect your performance at work, mood, and other aspects of your life.
- Developing heart problems. Per Mayo Clinic, sudden drops in your blood oxygen levels could strain your cardiovascular system. This could put you at risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other complications.
- Developing type II diabetes. Sleep apnea can create insulin resistance, increasing your risk of developing type II diabetes.
You could experience other health complications than those listed here.
Your Doctor Can Recommend Other Forms of Treatment
After visiting your doctor, they’ll likely suggest another CPAP machine that promotes your health. However, they might also recommend:
- Lifestyle changes. Many people who develop sleep apnea are overweight. Your doctor may recommend a low-fat, high-protein diet to encourage weight loss. This could alleviate your symptoms.
- Oral devices. Your doctor may recommend inserting a plastic guard into your mouth to keep your airway open while you sleep.
- Surgery. Your doctor may perform surgery to alleviate your symptoms. They might remove excess tissue from your airway. They might also recommend weight loss surgery.
- Oxygen. Instead of using a CPAP machine, your doctor might recommend an oxygen machine. This will steadily supply oxygen while you rest.
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Why Would I Stop Using My CPAP Machine?
In 2021, Philips recalled many of its CPAP machines, noting that the devices put people at risk of harm. Here’s what you need to know:
- The foam around Philips CPAP machines’ mouthpieces can break off and enter users’ airways.
- Once inhaled or swallowed, the foam can cause cancer, kidney damage, and liver damage.
- Because Philips knew about its products’ defects for years, it should pay injured claimants compensation.
After learning this information, you might want to stop using your CPAP machine. However, sleep apnea is a serious condition – and again, you shouldn’t stop using your device without consulting your doctor first.
Philips Recalled These CPAP Machines in 2021
In 2021, Philips issued a voluntary recall on many of its CPAP and BiPAP machines, including:
- Dorma 400 and Dorma 500
- SystemOne (Q-Series)
- DreamStation Go
- REMstar SE Auto
- DreamStation ASV
- DreamStation ST, AVAPS
- SystemOne ASV4
- C-Series ASV
- C-Series S/T and AVAPS
- OmniLab Advanced+
Philips intends to replace its recalled machines within a year.
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You Have Legal Rights If You Suffered Harm Due to a Philips CPAP Machine
You have financial recovery options if you or a loved one developed health complications after using a Philips CPAP machine. Through a claim or lawsuit, you could pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other related expenses.
Here are four things you should know:
You Can Work with Our Law Firm on Your Case
Our law firm has decades of experience recovering compensation from multi-billion-dollar companies. We once recovered more than $22 million for a claimant who suffered a serious injury after using a defective product.
We also work on a contingency-fee basis. With this payment plan, you don’t pay anything for our team to start your case. You only pay our attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for your injury-related losses.
You Have a Limited Time to File Your Lawsuit
Florida Statutes § 95.11 notes that you generally have four years to file your injury lawsuit. However, you could have less time to act if you reside somewhere else. If you don’t file your lawsuit within the applicable deadline, you lose the right to seek compensation.
Our lawyers can manage your case’s deadlines while you spend time with your loved ones.
Compensation Can Account for Your Injury-Related Losses
If you suffered harm due to a Philips CPAP device, compensation may account for:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced future earning capacity
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial costs
Based on your situation, we can pursue other losses than those listed here.
You don’t Have to Prove Negligence
To recover compensation in a product liability case, you don’t have to prove negligence. You only prove that:
- You used the product as instructed.
- You developed health complications, such as cancer.
- You incurred losses after using the dangerous product.
Our lawyers can prove each of these things to recover damages.
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