Choking Injuries in Nursing Homes
It can be a difficult decision to put your loved one in a nursing home. It can be particularly scary if your loved one has trouble swallowing. Choking injuries can occur during meal time or during the distribution of medication. If you are in the Fort Worth area and your family was affected by a choking injury, you need the help of a Fort Worth injury lawyer who has experience with choking injuries and nursing home neglect.
What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe those who experience trouble swallowing. It is a common side effect for people who have suffered a stroke. People who struggle to swallow are sometimes left alone during meal time due to a shortage of staff or neglect and the results can be deadly.
Negligent Nursing Homes in Fort Worth
Negligence is all too common in nursing homes. Sometimes, patients are prescribed medications that must be chewed. The small bits can cause a patient with swallowing difficulties to choke. Choking can cause a deprivation of oxygen. Deprivation of oxygen can kill or cause brain damage. Even if the choking was accidental, it may be nursing home negligence.
It is important that nursing homes be held accountable for their mistakes that cause injury whether or not it was intentional. Choking injury lawsuits are unique. Many cases involve patients with dietary needs but they were not fed the proper food or they were left unsupervised during their meal. This often occurs when a nursing home is understaffed in the special care wing. Often, aides have the responsibility of caring for more patients than they can adequately handle during a meal period. Sadly, this understaffing issue often leads to choking injuries when the aide is attending to another patient.
Other causes of choking injuries, aside from medication and food include breathing tubes and patients being unnecessarily or unjustly restrained. If your loved one experienced a choking injury while in the care of a nursing home or assisted living facility, you need the help of an experienced lawyer. Nursing homes and assisted living facilities have notoriously high turnover rates. It’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the choking injury.
Need Legal Assistance in Fort Worth? Call Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP
Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP is ready and able to act quickly on your choking injuries claim. If we find reason to believe that abuse or neglect caused the choking injury, we will immediately act to help you and your loved one get the justice and financial compensation that is owed. Compensation can include medical expenses and pain and suffering. In some instances, courts award punitive damages to punish the company.
Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP has more than 25 years of experience. We’ve recovered more than $ 110,000,000 for our clients. We handle choking injuries on a contingency fee basis. You don’t need a large retainer to get help. Unless we settle or win your case, you don’t pay. We offer free initial consultations and flexible scheduling of appointments. If you or your loved one can’t come to us, we can come to you. The benefit of working with a firm that has more than 25 years of legal experience is that you know you have someone on your side that can get you the justice and compensation you deserve.
Call Our Fort Worth Injury Lawyers Today
Contact Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP today to discuss the choking injuries received by your loved one. Contact us using our toll-free line (800) 738-4046. If you can’t come to our location, we can come to your home or hospital room. Our practice area is almost as extensive as our legal experience. If you are unable to call us for any reason, our website has a contact form available. Simply provide your contact information and brief message about your case One of our friendly and experienced staff members will contact you soon. Many legal claims are time sensitive, so it is important that you seek legal representation as soon as possible.