Many elderly and disabled residents in nursing home facilities suffer from various impairments that can affect their ability to chew and swallow. Unfortunately, deaths related to choking among disabled people in elder care facilities are occurring with unsettling frequency. In fact, several lawsuits have been recently filed against nursing home facilities due to alleged negligence that resulted in choking deaths.
One jury in Wisconsin awarded $1.5 million to the mother of a developmentally disabled woman who choked to death in a nursing facility. The disabled woman was in her fifties and suffered from various developmental disabilities and swallowing deficits. She was also blind.
According to the lawsuit, the nursing home facility failed to provide the disabled woman with pureed food that a dietician had ordered. The staff at the facility also failed to adequately supervise her when she was eating her meals. Records from the court reveal that reduced staffing at the facility may have contributed to the woman’s death.
Last year, a Michigan jury awarded a family $2.5 million after a 56-year-old resident allegedly choked on a large meatball at a nursing home. The lawsuit argued the facility failed to provide a diet of the appropriate texture and did not have staff that was properly trained to safely and quickly perform the Heimlich maneuver. According to details of the lawsuit, one staffer wrongfully used a hand-held respiratory resuscitation bag, which could have forced the food lodged in the resident’s airway farther down into the respiratory tract.
At Wagner Reese, our experienced team of lawyers is committed to using our skills and extensive 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, you should get in touch with 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.