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Hospital beds should be among the safest places in the world for a patient. Most patients would not expect to suffer injury from the bed in either a hospital or nursing home. Nevertheless, there have been numerous reported incidents of personal injury or death to patients due to defective hospital beds.
Due to the number of incidents that have occurred with bariatric beds, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued various safety alerts and warnings concerning hospital beds. In one warning, the FDA stated that it had received reports of 901 incidents in which patients were entangled, strangled, caught, or trapped in hospital beds from early 1985 through the beginning of 2013.
A Hospital Bed Safety Workgroup was formed by the FDA and other organizations to investigate the problem, with the resulting release of guidance and recommendations for manufacturers of new hospital beds and for hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities with existing beds. Despite the guidance, recommendations, and warnings, lawsuits have been filed all over the country when hospital beds failed to perform as they should and caused the serious injury or death of an innocent patient.
Lawsuit for Defective Hospital Bed
Belt & Bruner, P.C. is currently engaged in a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a woman who died as the result of a fall from her bariatric bed in a nursing home. The case is captioned: ESTATE OF LULA BELL REASOR v. MEDICAL DEPOT, INC., d/b/a DRIVE MEDICAL DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING; CAMDEN NURSING FACILITY, INC.; PROGRESSIVE THERAPY, INC.; and GERICARE MEDICAL SUPPLY, INC.; ET AL., CV 2012-30, CIRCUIT COURT OF WILCOX COUNTY, ALABAMA.
Ms. Reasor was a resident of Camden Nursing Facility. The bed she fell from was allegedly sold to the facility by Progressive Therapy, Inc., a/k/a Gericare Medical Supply, Inc., who it is alleged purchased it from Drive Medical, a/k/a Medical Depot, Inc., a/k/a Drive Medical Design and Manufacturing. The plaintiff alleges that the bed was defective and not properly designed to retain and prevent a nursing home patient from falling out of bed. Additional allegations are made that the bed was not marketed properly and contained deficient warnings and instructions.
Bariatric beds are specially designed and constructed to accommodate obese patients, varying in maximum capacity from 600 to 1000 pounds. The Drive Medical bariatric bed that Ms. Reasor fell from was a 15300 series bed with the code S/N: 2M060 400 2427. Similar beds can be seen on the company’s site.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death through the use of one of these beds, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you with investigating a potential claim.
Justice for Families of Wrongful Death Victims
Our wrongful death legal team understands how painful it is to lose a loved one, and when someone else’s carelessness or negligence has led to this tragic loss of life, we believe that the family of the victim deserves justice. We are aggressive in the courtroom, we know how to deal with insurance companies, and we have secured many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Our founding attorney has been listed among Alabama Super Lawyers® and selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. Our wrongful death and nursing home lawyers have more than 65 years of combined trial experience in state and federal courts. When you bring your wrongful death claim to our firm, you can rest assured that your case is in competent hands and that we will work tirelessly to help you seek justice.