In February 2019, Philips Respironics—a leading manufacturer of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines and masks—agreed to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that its DreamWear CPAP masks caused patients to experience skin irritation, redness, and burning. Under the terms of the settlement, Philips will provide reimbursements of up to $150 to eligible customers who purchased the mask. If you experienced these side effects while using the DreamWear mask, here’s what you need to know about the Philips CPAP lawsuit.
What is a CPAP Machine?
A CPAP machine is a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. The machine forces air into your lungs through a mask that covers your nose and mouth. The air pressure keeps your airway open so that you can breathe normally during sleep. Many people who use CPAP machines report feeling more rested and having more energy during the day.
What is the DreamWear Mask?
The DreamWear mask is a full face mask that covers both your nose and mouth. It has a “halo” headgear design that goes around the back of your head, and it connects to the tubing of your CPAP machine. The DreamWear mask is designed to be comfortable and allow you to move freely during sleep.
What are the Allegations in the Lawsuit?
The lawsuit alleges that Philips knew or should have known that the DreamWear mask was defective and caused skin irritation, redness, and burning. The plaintiffs allege that they suffered these side effects after using the mask as directed. Philips denies these allegations but has agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid further litigation.
Under the terms of the settlement, Philips will provide reimbursements of up to $150 to eligible customers who purchased the DreamWear mask. To be eligible for a reimbursement, you must have purchased the mask on or before December 31, 2018. If you have not yet submitted a claim form, you must do so by June 30, 2019.
If you have any questions about this lawsuit or whether you may be eligible for a reimbursement, please contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced class action attorneys.
If you purchased a Philips Respironics DreamWear CPAP mask on or before December 31, 2018 and experienced skin irritation, redness, or burning after using it as directed, you may be eligible for reimbursement under the terms of a class action settlement. To learn more about this lawsuit and whether you may be entitled to compensation, contact us today for a free consultation with one of our experienced class action lawyers.