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How Will the CPAP Recall Affect Truck Drivers?

 Posted on October 28, 2021 in Recalled Devices

CPAP injury attorneysIn June of 2021, the medical device manufacturer Philips Respironics issued a recall of millions of CPAP devices because they contained a foam that could break down and enter a person’s airways, causing serious health issues. These devices are used by people to treat sleep apnea, and the recall has left many people uncertain about how they can continue to receive the treatment they need. While finding new CPAP solutions may be an inconvenience for some, it is a much larger issue for truck drivers, and those who do not receive the proper treatment for sleep apnea may be unable to continue working in their chosen career.

Sleep Apnea Treatment for Truck Drivers

Sleep apnea is a condition that causes a person to intermittently stop breathing while they are sleeping. Those who suffer from sleep apnea will often struggle to get enough rest, even when they sleep the proper number of hours each night. Because sleep apnea affects a person’s quality of sleep, it may lead to issues such as drowsiness, irritability, lack of concentration, and memory problems. 

Untreated sleep apnea can be especially dangerous for truck drivers. Nodding off while behind the wheel can lead to dangerous collisions that may cause serious injuries to a driver, people in other vehicles, or anyone else who is involved. Even if a person does not struggle to stay awake, they may suffer from a lack of alertness or difficulty focusing on the road, which may cause them to miss important details that would help them avoid potential collisions. A 2020 study found that as many as 49% of truck drivers may be at risk of sleep apnea.

Because of the risks that are caused by untreated sleep apnea, truck drivers who have been diagnosed with this condition may not be medically qualified to drive unless they can show that they are receiving the proper treatment. Drivers who are unable to use recalled CPAP machines may be disqualified until they can find a replacement form of treatment. To ensure that they can receive treatment while minimizing the risks of injury, drivers should consult with a doctor to determine the appropriate forms of treatment that may be available.

Contact Our CPAP Recall Attorneys for Truck Drivers

If you are a truck driver who has used one of the recalled CPAP machines, our attorneys can help you determine your legal options. We will work with you to pursue compensation for injuries you have suffered because of your use of a dangerous device, as well as the income you have lost because you were unable to receive the proper treatment. Contact our CPAP device recall lawyers today to set up your complimentary consultation.


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