Drive DeVilbiss, a manufacturer of medical equipment, has issued a recall for four of its portable bed rails after it was found to pose a serious risk of entrapment. Numerous instances of people getting trapped between the rails and the bed have been reported, with at least two known deaths associated with the product. Anyone currently using the affected bed rails should immediately contact the company to have the product refunded.

Who is Drive DeVilbiss?

Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare is a company headquartered in New York, with corporate offices throughout the United States and Europe. It is a manufacturer of medical and personal care equipment of all types, including equipment used in hospitals, nursing facilities, and home care. According to recent estimates, the company makes more than $100 million in annual income, and employs more than 1,000 workers.

What Are the Products That Are Being Recalled?

The specific products being recalled are Drive DeVilbiss’ Bed Assist Handle, its Bed Assist Rail with Folding Board, its Home Bed Assist Handle, and its Adjustable Height Home Bed Assist Handle, which encompasses about 496,000 products sold across the United States. These products are meant to be attached to people’s beds, giving them extra support to make it easier to get into and out of bed. They are products popularly used by hospitals, nursing homes, assisted care facilities, and in home care, and are used to help the elderly and those with mobility issues.

Why Are They Being Recalled?

These bed rails are being recalled due to a product defect that makes it possible for people to become entrapped within the bed rail, or between the bed rail and the mattress. In addition to causing extreme distress and potentially causing injuries to anyone trapped by the rail, this entrapment can potentially result in asphyxiation. This risk of entrapment and asphyxiation is especially high if the bed rails were not properly installed, with two deaths attributed to improperly installed bed rails.

What Should You Do If You Were Injured By These Products?

If you were injured by Drive DeVilbiss bed rails, or any other product, you may want to talk to a personal injury attorney. A lawyer with experience handling defective products cases can advise you on your case and help you to create a legal strategy that suits you. The sooner you call, the sooner they can get to work helping you get the justice you deserve.

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact the Tennessee personal injury lawyers at the Keith Williams Law Group. With convenient offices located in Nashville and Lebanon, our lawyers will work with you to create a litigation strategy that protects your legal rights and serves your personal needs. For more information or a free consultation, please contact us at 615-444-2900 or visit our contact page.