Swallowing impairment including choking suffocation and dysphagia are one of the most common medical complication resulting from the negligent or wrongful care of the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living centers across the county. According to the CDC more than 500 individuals over the age of 65 die each year due to choking in nursing home and long term living facilities. A large percentage of nursing home residents lack the capability to consume food without supervision or assistance. Unfortunately many assisted living center establishments fail to provide the necessary care required for patients who need assistance in the consumption of food. Under various state of federal laws employees and managers of nursing homes owe a duty to provide for the necessary daily care of disables and elderly residents who are not able to properly care for themselves. Liability against nursing homes can be established if the failure to provide for necessary care results in significant injury or harm to a victim. Legal Assistance: The attorneys at our law firm are dedicated to protecting the rights of the elderly who have suffered abuse, neglect, lack of medical care, and abandonment in nursing homes. Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Nursing Homes: In certain jurisdiction in the United States family members of the deceased are eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit against at fault parties.
Choking and Clogged Breathing TubesChoking or clogged breathing tubes often result in significant long term injuries. One of the most severe medical complications include the deprivation of oxygen to the brain often resulting in significant brain damage and fatalities. Nursing homes owe a duty to provide for monitoring of patients who are known to be at a heightened risk of choking due to a previous medical condition. Common medical ailments known to result in a high risk of choking and asphyxiation include
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s disorder
- Strokes and other neurological disorders
- Advanced age
- Certain types of cancer