Bed Rail Injuries, Deaths Spark Demand for Regulations


Bed rails and their relationship to personal injuries, nursing home abuse and wrongful death have received much recent attention after a New York Times review of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data revealed that at least 550 people have died due to improper use of bed rails or faulty bed rails since 1995.

Although bed rails may be used to prevent patients of any age from falling out of bed, they are frequently utilized in the care of the elderly in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. If your family member suffered an injury caused by bed rails, an experienced nursing home abuse attorney may be able to help you recover financial compensation and ensure that other patients do not suffer harm due to defective products or the improper use of bed rails.

Common contributing factors of accidents involving bed rails include:

  • Incorrectly installed bed rails
  • Inadequately fitted bed rails
  • Faulty bed rail design
  • Use of improper type of bed rail for bed type

Because many of the people whom bed rails are meant to protect are already in frail health, injuries associated with bed rails can be severe. There have been more than 30,000 emergency room visits associated with bed rails since 2003.

Nursing home residents—and their families—depend on the care of facility’s staff and the manufacturers of the products they use. When negligence on behalf of a facility, staff member or product maker causes harm to an innocent person, the responsible party must be held accountable for their actions and the resulting damages.

If you or a family member suffered harm related to nursing home negligence or a defective product, please contact to locate a qualified personal injury lawyer near you.