Houston Choking Lawyer
Choking accidents are a serious problem for seniors in Houston’s nursing homes. If your aging family member has been injured or died because they choked under a facility’s care, contact Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers. Our Houston choking lawyers are ready to help your family demand accountability and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Led by Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Brian White, our law firm has been a fierce advocate for injury victims and families in Houston for years. Collectively, our attorneys have more than 45 years of experience and have won well over tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
Now that a nursing home has allowed your family member to suffer, we’re here to fight for you, too.
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How Our Houston Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help After a Choking Accident
Nursing homes in Houston, Texas, should be experts when it comes to aging residents. After all, they’re in business to provide care and watch after disabled and elderly residents.
Facilities and caretakers should know that, of all age brackets, individuals aged 65 and older are at the greatest risk of choking. In fact, they’re 7 times more likely to choke than kids under the age of 4.
Close, vigilant attention should be paid to ensure that entirely avoidable choking accidents never happen.
Unfortunately, hundreds of seniors die in choking accidents in American nursing homes every year. Thousands more suffer serious injuries and experience the trauma of feeling unable to breathe.
When your family has gone through this, our Houston nursing home abuse attorneys will be there to help you make things right.
When you hire Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on your loved one (or your grief) while we:
- Determine why the choking accident occurred and how it could have been avoided
- Review your family member’s nursing home chart and medical records to see if they suffered from known conditions that could increase the risk of choking
- Gather evidence to prove that the choking accident was avoidable and the cause of your loved one’s injury or wrongful death
- Consult with reputable medical specialists and expert witnesses as we build your case and determine what it’s worth
- Seek damages from all liable parties, including personal caretakers and the facility
- Handle negotiations with the insurance company (or companies) on your behalf
If you aren’t offered a fair settlement, our award-winning Houston trial attorneys will be fully prepared to argue your choking injury case before a compassionate jury in Harris County.
Your first case evaluation is free. Our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. There’s zero cost to you unless we win your case. Contact us to schedule a time to discuss the details of your nursing home abuse case today.
Why Are Nursing Home Residents At a Greater Risk of Choking?
When you become older or suffer from certain illnesses or diseases, it can become more difficult to chew and swallow your food. This is known as dysphagia, and it’s a condition that many nursing home residents suffer from.
Illnesses and diseases common among nursing home residents that increase the risk of dysphagia include:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cancer (and radiation therapy treatments)
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Spinal cord injury
- Dry mouth
When residents are unable to chew and swallow, the risk of choking increases significantly. Food can become lodged in the esophagus, blocking airflow and preventing the resident from breathing. Serious injuries, including hypoxia, traumatic brain injuries, and death, can occur as a result.
This is why it’s important for nursing homes to monitor residents closely. When a resident is at an increased risk of choking – either due to known medical conditions or a history of trouble swallowing – they must be supervised when eating. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents are left alone during mealtimes, which can create a dangerous situation.
Who’s Responsible If My Loved One Chokes at a Houston Nursing Facility?
Anyone who assumes responsibility for the health and well-being of your loved one can be liable if they choke and sustain injuries.
This can include:
- Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs)
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs)
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs)
- Physical therapists
- Doctors and physicians
- Other nursing home staff and employees
- Nursing and assisted care facilities
Our attorneys will carefully examine the evidence and facts of your choking injury case to determine why your loved one was left in a situation where they could choke and who can be held accountable.
Contact Our Experienced Houston Choking Lawyers For Immediate Legal Assistance
You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of quality of life, and other damages if a family member has been injured or died because of a choking incident at a nursing home in Houston, Texas.
The Houston choking lawyers at Attorney Brian White Personal Injury Lawyers can help you demand accountability and fight to get every cent your family deserves.
Give our law office in Houston a call to arrange a time to discuss your nursing home abuse case for free. We’re standing by to provide the guidance you need, so contact us today.