Lawyers Helping Florida Choking Victims
Many nursing home and assisted living facility residents have swallowing problems and disorders. The medical term for this condition is called Dysphasia. If the swallowing problem is neglected, the person suffering from this condition can choke on their food, liquids, or medication. The worst cases of choking can lead to lack of oxygen to the brain, brain damage, or even death.
The Most Vulnerable Are The Most Neglected
Many physical conditions and diseases can lead to a person having difficulty swallowing. The most common conditions linked to swallowing issues include:
- Dementia and or Alzheimer’s
- Parkinson disease
- Neurlogical disorders
People with these conditions need extra care to make sure all of their needs are met.
Understaffing Leads to Choking From Neglect
When a person has dysphasia, it is usually because they are just not physically capable of chewing and or swallowing regular food, liquids, and medications. If proper care is not given they will choke. Fortunately, these simple solutions usually solve the problem:
- One on one supervision while eating
- Thicken liquids
- Puree food
- Crush pills and mix them in applesauce or pudding
Although the solutions are simple, implementing those solutions in a nursing home or assisted living facility that is understaffed can be quite difficult. Understaffed facilities simply do not have enough time to properly ensure residents with swallowing problems have their special needs met. In the rush to care for everyone these special needs residents often suffer from neglect. Staff members forget to thicken liquids, puree food, and crush medicine. They also skip the one on one supervision these residents need in order to provide care to other residents.
Florida Choking Neglect Attorneys Can Help
At Distasio Law Firm we have helped many family members hold nursing homes and ALF’s responsible for the harm they have caused when a resident with swallowing problems is injured or dies while choking on their food. The consultation is free. So call us today if you want to help make sure they think twice before neglecting resident swallowing needs.
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Hire Distasio Law Firm to Bring a Claim
After you have made sure your loved one’s issues have been addressed you should seriously consider hiring a nursing home abuse attorney from our law firm to bring a lawsuit against the facility. A nursing home abuse lawyer can hold the nursing home accountable for what they have done and help ensure no other nursing home residents suffer from the same type of abuse or neglect.