A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is a medical device designed to improve sleep apnea in patients suffering from it. It has a straightforward mechanism that blows constant air into the user’s face using a gentle pressure flow. The pressure helps keep the upper airways open, making breathing easier and preventing tissues in that region from collapsing and blocking breathing during sleep.
Things to Know About the CPAP Machine Lawsuit
- The suit is against Philips Respironics and its parent company, Respironics International, and other manufacturers. On paper, there aren’t a lot of defendants compared to the number of plaintiffs. However, they’ve been accused of targeting new CPAP users unnecessarily and misleading doctors who are using the devices on their patients. In addition, they’ve been charged with deceiving insurance providers by lying about the effectiveness of the device and spreading misinformation about how the device should be used.
- The suit alleges that these companies are responsible for causing patient injuries, as users have been advised to use CPAP machines for longer than is safe. The lawsuit claims that the typical recommended amount of time is 4 to 6 hours per night. However, some users have used CPAP machines for up to 24 hours per day. This is done when patients cannot tolerate the pressure and are allowed by insurance providers or medical professionals. The problem with this practice is that it can cause severe injury and result in other symptoms. The lawsuit claims that patients have developed permanent tissue damage and nerve damage due to CPAP machines for more than 4 to 6 hours per night.
- The companies are accused of telling insurance providers that they can treat sleep apnea symptoms with CPAP machines even if the device is not safe to use for those purposes. In addition, they’re accused of recommending devices that violate standards set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so that insurance providers will approve their use.
- The companies are accused of misleading doctors about using this device on their patients. They’ve been accused of suggesting that these devices do not need to be replaced every 12 months, even if they’re used for 24 hours per day, or that they’re not medical devices and can therefore be used in many different ways.
- It’s a big deal because this product is so widely used, and patients have been misled to use it for reasons not designed. These companies can get away with this because doctors, insurance providers, and patients don’t know better. Many patients aren’t even being told that they’re using a medical device.
- The lab used to test the devices is not approved by the FDA, so the tests are considered defective. Unfortunately, doctors are not aware of this, and it’s portrayed as an accurate way to gauge the effectiveness of CPAP machines.
- The customers are being blamed for not insisting on receiving the additional services these companies claim to provide. These companies claim to offer a wide range of services, including sleep-disorder testing, fitness consultations, and live phone consultations with sleep specialists. Some patients are not even aware of these services.
CPAP Machine Lawsuit Attorneys
CPAP machine lawsuit attorneys at Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Law Firm has filed many lawsuits like this. Lucas, Macyszyn & Dyer Law Firm has been successful because of its track record and the breadth of its legal experience. The company represents clients nationwide and can take your case to court in any state.