Choking is terrifying for anyone, but especially for an elderly person who may have a lot of physical limitations. If your parent was harmed in a nursing home as a result of a choking incident, you should speak with a Houston attorney about your options.
Many nursing home residents are at risk of choking because of difficulties swallowing. A number of physical conditions can interfere with swallowing, including dementia and Alzheimer’s, cancer, a number of neurological conditions, or simply aging. A doctor will normally determine the issue and make a recommendation on the patient’s diet.
Unfortunately, many nursing homes do not correctly supervise the food intake of patients. If a nursing home fails to enforce diet restrictions or does not properly monitor a patient while he or she is eating, there is a risk of choking. Many choking incidents that occur at nursing homes could have been prevented very easily if the doctors had properly followed medical orders.
If your parent has suffered harm as a result of choking in a nursing home, you should speak with an attorney. We can help. You can call to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.