Los Angeles Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
Choking is one of the leading causes of death in nursing homes. Since the brain is deprived of oxygen when a person chokes, the consequences can be catastrophic. When oxygen cannot get to the brain, a person may sustain brain damage, which can result in permanent injuries or death.
It’s not uncommon for nursing home residents to have difficulty chewing or swallowing food. Certain medical conditions, mental illnesses, and even plain old age can affect a person’s ability to properly chew and swallow their food. When a nursing home resident/patient has a known condition that makes it hard for them to chew or swallow, the nursing home has a duty to take the necessary measures to ensure the resident doesn’t choke. This includes making sure the resident’s food is cut up into small enough pieces, only feeding the resident food that is easy to swallow and digest, monitoring the resident while he or she eats, etc. If a resident receives food through a feeding tube, the nursing home also has a legal obligation to make sure the feeding doesn’t become clogged.
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Choking is preventable, so there is no excuse for someone to suffer an injury or death caused by choking. If a nursing home knew that your loved one had a condition that made them more susceptible to choking, yet failed to take the preventative measures to ensure they wouldn’t choke, the nursing home can be held legally accountable for your loved one’s injuries or death. Even if the choking was accidental, the nursing home can still be held liable for damages.
If you believe that your loved one choked due to nursing home negligence or neglect, we can help you take legal action. In the event that your loved one died after choking, we can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home or individual caretaker responsible for monitoring your loved one while he or she ate. We strongly believe that those whose negligent, reckless, or careless acts cause harm, injury, or death to others must be held accountable for their wrongdoings. You can depend on us to work hard on your behalf, and do everything we can to help you seek justice under the law. In addition, you can trust that you’ll be provided with the dedicated representation and experienced legal counsel you need to file a successful lawsuit and recover maximum compensation!
Contact a Los Angeles nursing home abuse attorney at Moran Law today!