Many Texas residents suffer from sleep apnea. It is a common sleep disorder that causes great difficulty breathing during resting hours with snoring being the primary symptom. Sleep apnea can become dire for many who do not seek treatment because they can die in their sleep when the heart is critically deprived of oxygen. The primary treatment for these patients has been the use of a CPAP ventilator while sleeping. And while the machines do as advertised with respect to allowing for a better sleep cycle, they do not come without some problems. And now, due to a specific problem, the Philips CPAP model DreamStation devices are being recalled by the U.S. Product Safety Commission.
The primary defect
The main issue with the Philips CPAP breathing devices is one of design and quality that has resulted in cancer for some users. They are built with foam insulation that serves as a sound and air barrier for an uninterrupted sleep cycle. According to complaints and lawsuits associated with the product liability recall, the devices do supply the needed oxygen. However, testing has shown that the foam insulation degrades over time in some machines, resulting in cancer for many long-term users.
How the recall impacts a claim
The Philips Corporation has already taken action regarding the device problem, as they have set aside $590 million to cover the product liability claims and device replacements that assuredly will be coming after the recall. Additionally, Philips also announced they are in negotiations with the U.S. FDA to determine a time-effective repair and replacement strategy.
There are generally limitations on the amount of time that a consumer has to file a claim. Those affected should inform themselves about claim dates and other forms of compensation available.