According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, during the past several decades approximately 500 people have died as a result of hospital bed rails. While the average Chicagoan may not be familiar with bed rails, nurses, nursing home residents and wrongful death attorneys often know just what they are.
In nursing home facilities throughout the country, it used to be common for some residents' beds to feature rails along the sides. These rails could prevent individuals from falling out of bed, so they were thought to increase safety. However, unfortunately these same safety features posed a safety risk to some residents. Those who are small in stature or impaired can become stuck in the rails and even experience oxygen deprivation.