Deaths related to choking in elder care facilities are occurring with unsettling frequency. Many elderly and disabled residents in nursing home facilities suffer from various impairments that can affect their ability to chew and swallow. In fact, death rates for choking incidents are almost seven times higher among people 65 years of age and over than other age groups. Many of these deaths may be preventable with appropriate care and precautions by nursing home facilities.
What may contribute to nursing home choking-related fatalities? Chronic understaffing at nursing homes can result in an inability to adequately supervise residents at risk of choking. Improperly trained staff may be unqualified to care for those with disabilities or illnesses that make swallowing difficult. This can turn deadly when staff are not trained how to respond to choking incidents or how to administer proper choking treatment. If residents are not frequently evaluated for signs of dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, warning signs can be missed. Failure to implement appropriate dietary restrictions, improperly maintained or poorly fitting dentures, and failure to monitor residents while eating can also contribute to serious injury or death for nursing home residents.
At Wagner Reese, our experienced team of lawyers is committed to using our skills and resources to help clients throughout the state of Indiana pursue legal action against negligent nursing home facilities. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured at a nursing home, contact our law firm to discuss all of your options under the law.
Call (888) 204-8440 to request a free consultation with our nursing home injury lawyers. We are here to serve you.