Nursing Home Choking Lawsuits in Baltimore
Compassionate Legal Counsel After Choking Injuries or Death
Age is often accompanied by debilitating and chronic conditions, some of which can render seniors unable to move, speak, or even eat without assistance. Because nursing homes are legally required to provide adequate care for all of their dependent and elderly residents, these facilities may be considered civilly liable when a senior suffers a serious choking injury during their stay.
At Brown & Barron, we focus a significant part of our personal injury practice on nursing home abuse and neglect, serving Baltimore residents with over 75 years of combined legal experience in these difficult matters. Compassionate and dedicated, we can review your nursing home choking injury claim and help you determine the best path forward to seek justice, whether you are advocating on your own behalf or for a deceased loved one.
For more information, give us a call at (410) 698-1717. You can also reach us through our online form.
How Does Neglect Cause Choking in Nursing Homes?
Although many people assume that choking is only a risk for children and infants, choking is actually the fourth-leading cause of unintentional injury death among adults, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). That risk only increases with age – in fact, the NSC found that over half of the choking deaths in 2015 occurred in victims over the age of 74. Even without a degenerative disease such as Parkinson’s or dementia, there are many reasons that an elderly person may have a difficult time chewing and swallowing their food or eating unsupervised.
The top causes for choking incidents in seniors:
- Dysphagia (trouble swallowing due to age)
- Eating too quickly
- Medication errors or side effects
- Breathing tube issues
- Lack of appropriate supervision during meals
- Insufficient food preparation
- Not using dentures
- Chronic heartburn and digestive problems
While nursing homes and long-term care facilities may not be responsible for every instance of choking among seniors, there are many ways in which a nursing home can fail to protect residents from preventable injury. This is especially true if the senior has known medical conditions – such as a history of stroke or chronic breathing problems – that tend to make someone more vulnerable to choking. Additionally, because nursing homes are responsible for preparing residents’ meals, keeping them hydrated, and providing adequate supervision for each person’s needs, a choking incident could be considered “neglect” when facility staff has failed to perform these duties well – or when the facility doesn’t follow the recommended protocol for a choking incident.
Choking Leads to Long-Term Injuries and Death
Even if your loved one survives a choking incident, the results can be devastating and can have a long-term impact on their health, safety, and happiness. Because choking causes asphyxia, a loss of oxygen to the brain, seniors may suffer brain damage and other consequences after choking in a nursing home.
Some additional injuries associated with choking in seniors:
- Non-traumatic brain injury (NTBI)
- Heart attack or stroke
- Throat and esophageal injuries
When you work with Brown & Barron, LLC, our Baltimore nursing home choking lawyers will treat your claim with the sensitivity and care that it deserves. No matter if you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit for a loved one or seeking justice for your own injuries, we will provide vigorous representation and fight for your family’s right to fair compensation.
Call (410) 698-1717 anytime 24/7 to schedule your free consultation.
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