Could Your Loved One’s Choking Accident Have Been Avoided?
As your loved ones get older, their bodies no longer function in the same way. Things you may take for granted can be a daunting task for them. From the decline of their mobility to something as simple as swallowing, life can become a struggle. These difficulties may require specialized care and supervision at a nursing home. But unfortunately, insufficient staff can lead to cases of abuse and neglect. Examples may include forgetting to bring your loved one their food or feeding them too fast. These actions can cause malnutrition or choking, which can eventually lead to death.
If your parent or an elderly family member suffered an injury while in a Texas care facility or died due to a choking accident, legal recourse is possible. Contact Janicek Law to discuss how our attorneys can help you move forward with your case today.
Did The Nursing Home Staff Ignore Conditions?
It is the job of a facility and its employees to properly attend to the needs of the vulnerable adults under their care. When assisting residents with their meals, it is important to follow their dietary plans. Nursing and kitchen staff should also always be aware of high-risk residents to prevent accidental choking.
Those who are considered high-risk often have:
- Cognitive issues such as dementia or Alzheimer’s
- Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing
- Trouble chewing their foods
- Dentures that do not fit their mouths
- Poor dentition or a complete lack of teeth
By taking the steps to cut up or puree their food and allowing them time to chew, nurses and aids can reduce the chances of a resident asphyxiating.
Your Actions Could Prevent This From Happening To Someone Else
When someone you care about is no longer able to look after themselves, a nursing home may be the best option. If staff members fail to ensure the safety of your elderly parent or grandparent, take legal action. You may be able to prevent this from happening to someone else.