Recently the company Drive DeVilbiss® Healthcare recalled hundreds of thousands of adult bed rails following reports of two separate entrapment deaths associated with the company’s Bed Assist Handle bed rails.
You or a loved one may be entitled to compensation if injuries or death resulted from using one of these recalled products. Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about your legal options.
Breaking News: Adult Bed Rails Recalled for Asphyxiation Risk
In December 2021, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of nearly 500,000 adult bed rails made by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, citing serious entrapment hazards and risk of death by asphyxiation.
The recall comes after two reported deaths. In both incidents, victims were found trapped between the company’s bed rails and their mattresses, which ultimately led to their deaths. CPSC recommends the owners of these products stop using them immediately and contact Drive DeVilbiss for a refund.
What Is an Adult Bed Rail?
Intended for seniors who are unable to get out of bed on their own or who require extra support getting into bed, adult bed rails are products that offer additional stability and security. Such products are also intended to prevent adults from accidentally rolling or falling out of the bed.
Adult bed rails are commonly found attached to beds in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Some adult bed rails are adjustable so that they can better fit the frames of various beds and box springs.
Adult Bed Rail Recall List
The extensive recall involves some 496,100 Drive adult bed rails. These products were purchased from medical supply stores and online through Amazon and Walmart between the years 2007 and 2021.
Four different models of Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare’s Bed Assist Handle and Bed Assist Rail products have been recalled:
- Bed Assist Handle (sold on Amazon as Home Bed Assist Handle) — Model 15064
- Bed Assist Rail with Folding Board (sold on Amazon as Home Bed Assist Grab Rail with Bed Board) — Model 15062
- Home Bed Assist Handle — Model RTL15073
- Home Bed Assist Handle (sold on Amazon as Adjustable Height Home Bed Assist Handle) — Model RTL15063-ADJ
According to the CPSC, the manufacturer’s name “Drive” and the product’s corresponding model number can be found on a printed label on the product’s metal tubing.
Choosing an Adult Bed Rail Lawyer
If a loved one was seriously injured or killed by a recalled Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare adult bed rail product, you may be able to pursue compensation on their behalf with the help of a lawyer.
An adult bed rail lawyer will work with you every step of the way to make sure your family’s loss is treated with the dignity and respect it deserves.
In total, Sokolove Law has helped recover over $1.5 Billion for clients who have been injured by dangerous medical devices and drugs.
Get Help Filing an Adult Bed Rail Lawsuit
No one should have to suffer injuries as a result of faulty products that lack warnings and fail to meet safety standards, which is why it’s important to hold the companies that make such products accountable.
As a national law firm, Sokolove Law can help individuals and families nationwide who have been affected by dangerous medical products, helping them to seek justice and compensation.
If you have a case, our lawyers may be able to help you:
- Gather all of the evidence needed to support your claim
- File the lawsuit within the mandatory state time limits
- Pursue compensation from the companies responsible for your injuries
For more than 40 years, Sokolove Law has fought for individuals who have been harmed or killed by dangerous and defective devices.
Adult Bed Rail Lawsuit FAQs
What company makes the recalled bed rails?
All models of the recalled adult bed rails were designed and manufactured by global medical equipment and device maker Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare. The company is based out of Port Washington, New York.
Why were the adult bed rails recalled?
On December 6, 2021, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced it was recalling roughly 496,100 adult bed rails made by Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare due to “serious entrapment hazards” and the “risk of asphyxiation.”
According to the CPSC, when the bed rail products are attached to a bed, an adult in the bed is at unnecessary risk of becoming entrapped within the bed rail or between the bed rail and the side of the mattress.
The deaths of two seniors have been attributed to asphyxiation allegedly caused by the recalled bed rail products.
Where and when were the recalled bed rails sold?
The recalled adult bed rail products were sold across the United States at medical supply stores, and online by Amazon and Walmart. Sold for between $30 and $80, these products were on the market from October 2007 to December 2021.
In addition, around 68,000 adult bed rails were sold in Canada, and 119 were sold in Mexico.