Nothing is safer and more comfortable than your bed, yet bed frames can still be a source of risk when you least expect them.
A retailer has issued a recall for some 527,177 beds sold across America through Wayfair, Walmart and Overstock over risks that the beds could suddenly break, sag or collapse during use.
The wholesaler that imported the beds, Home Design, Inc., noted that it had received 128 reports of broken and collapsing beds – 36 of which led to unspecified injuries.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has urged consumers to immediately stop the recalled beds and contact Home Design for a free replacement of slats and side rails – the parts most likely to break.
Possible injuries from collapsing beds
When a bed collapses, users can suffer a variety of injuries, including:
- Lacerations: Sharp edges from broken bed frames can cause cuts.
- Fractures: Falling onto a hard surface may result in broken bones.
- Head injuries: A sudden collapse could lead to concussions or more severe head trauma.
- Strains and sprains: The unexpected motion can strain muscles and ligaments.
Children and the elderly are also more at risk from injuries due to a bed collapse.
Filing a product liability lawsuit
Under Ohio product liability law, consumers have the right to products that are safe for their intended use. Manufacturers who fail to meet these standards can be held responsible through a product liability lawsuit.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury by one of these recalled beds, you may have grounds for a product liability lawsuit. You should first seek medical attention for your injuries and keep records of the damage you sustained and the treatments you received. Afterward, you’ll want to keep evidence of the defective bed and its broken parts.
Navigating a product liability claim can be complex, and having experienced legal representation is crucial. If this recall impacts you, or you’ve suffered a similar bed-related injury, contact a lawyer experienced in product liability to discuss your case.