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Bed Rail Injury Lawsuit


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Bed Rail Injury Lawsuit

Bed rails are intended to help prevent serious injuries and deaths by preventing patients from accidentally falling out of bed. Instead, in some cases, patients may be endangered by bed rails. The FDA has received hundreds of reports of patients becoming entrapped between a bed rail and a mattress or a bed frame, causing life-threatening entrapment, suffocation, or even death.

What You Can Do & How a Bed Rail Injury Lawsuit Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting bed rail induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured or died from an accident involving a bed rail, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: Bed Handles Recalled After 3 Deaths

May 20, 2014 — The CPSC has announced a recall for 113,000 bed handles after they were linked to three deaths. The recall comes almost exactly three years after the consumer-advocacy group Public Citizen called for a ban on these bed handles, citing four deaths. Click here to read more.

Bed Rail Injuries

Bed rails are bars made out of metal or plastic that are placed on the side of a bed. They are intended to prevent patients from falling out of bed. They are also used to help patients pull themselves up and get out of bed.

Unfortunately, patients can be seriously injured or killed when bed rails are not installed properly or used safely. Patients can accidentally trap their head, neck, or chest between a bed rail and their mattress or the bed frame. This can cause life-threatening suffocation, strangling, or even death. Serious injuries are most likely among patients who are older, weak, or confused.

What are the risks of bed rails?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 36,000 people went to the emergency rooms with bed rail injuries between 2003 and May 2012. Of these people, 150 died.

The following risks are associated with bed rails:

  • If the patient is caught between rails, between a rail and a mattress, or in the opening of a rail, the patient can strangle, suffocate, and die.
  • Patients may attempt to climb over bed rails, which increases their risk of falling from a greater height. Head injuries from these types of falls can be life-threatening.
  • Serious injuries can occur when bed rails are improperly matched to a bed frame, causing a large gap between the mattress and the rail.
  • The rails may hinder a patient from getting out of bed or using the bathroom.

FDA Warnings for Bed Rail Injuries

Several federal agencies have issued multiple warnings about the risks of bed rails since 1995, but injuries continue to be reported. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that from January 1985 until January 2010, there were 828 reports of injuries linked to bed rails, including 493 deaths, 141 serious injuries that were non-fatal, and 194 incidents that required medical staff intervention.

In June 2000, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services published guidance for caregivers about the risks associated with bed rails:

“It is important to note that side rails present an inherent safety risk, particularly when the patient is elderly or disoriented. … The patient is at risk for entrapment, entanglement, or falling from a greater height posed by the raised side rail, with a possibility for sustaining greater injury or death than if he/she had fallen from the height of a lowered bed without raised side rails.”

Although the FDA has attempted to raise awareness about the risks of bed rails, these injuries continue to occur. In some cases, these injuries and deaths may have been preventable. If you or your loved one was injured by a defective bed rail, contact a lawyer today for more information about a potential lawsuit.

Do I have a Bed Rail Injury Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting bed rail induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured or died from an accident involving a bed rail, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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