The nationwide recall of numerous Philips Respironics CPAP and other sleep apnea machines has impacted a wave of United States veterans who received their CPAP devices through their local Veterans Affairs offices, as reported by FOX19.
U.S. Army Air veteran Alvin Costner spoke to FOX19 reporters about his trouble with the recalled CPAP machine. He explained that news of the recall has been particularly worrying to him, as his CPAP machine began emitting fumes a few months ago. Now, both his sleep apnea and his warranted distrust of the Philips CPAP machine keep him up at night.
“It’s frightening for me and my family,” Mr. Costner told reporters. “Like, as I said, my wife stays up to make sure I can continue to breathe overnight, and my children are concerned. … It’s quite a bit of stress just not knowing whether I’m going to be able to wake up the next day.”
At Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP, our Houston attorneys are is handling many recalled CPAP cases throughout the nation involving recalled Philips Respironics CPAP machines. We are in the middle of helping a veteran who, like Mr. Costner, received his sleep apnea machine through the VA. Unfortunately, veterans cannot choose the manufacturer of their VA-issued sleep apnea machines. This means that countless veterans have likely been subjected to toxic exposure because the VA issued them a defective Philips Respironics sleep apnea machine.
According to FOX19, the VA has reached out to Philips representatives to work out a solution. In the meantime, the VA will be issuing 15 CPAP machines a week from a different manufacturer to veterans affected by the recall. Mr. Costner is at the top of the list.
If you or someone you love is a veteran who has been negatively impacted by the Philips Respironics CPAP recall, contact Houssiere Durant & Houssiere, LLP online for a free consultation. Our attorneys will utilize their award-winning legal skills and technical expertise to fight for you.