Has a loved one sustained catastrophic injuries or died because of a choking incident at a nursing home in Jacksonville, Florida? Don’t hesitate to contact or call Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers at (904) 396-1100 for immediate legal assistance. Choking events can be avoided, and our Jacksonville choking lawyers are here to help you demand accountability from the caretakers who let it happen.
Since 2012, our award-winning legal team has been committed to helping injury victims and families in Northeastern Florida. Putting 35+ years of combined experience behind every client’s case, we’ve won tens of millions of dollars on behalf of devastated clients just like you.
Money might not bring your loved one back or take away the trauma they’ve experienced. But it can help to offset financial costs and provide a bit of financial justice. Contact our law office in Jacksonville, Florida to learn more. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation, so call now.
How Our Jacksonville Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Can Help With Your Choking Injury Case
You trusted a nursing home or assisted care facility to take care of your aging family member. Now, they’ve experienced a choking injury. Choking is an extremely traumatic event that can cause serious long-term damage and even death.
Your loved one and your family deserve to be compensated appropriately. Our Jacksonville nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys are ready to make that happen.
We appreciate the seriousness of your loved one’s choking injury. We also know that the negligent caretaker and nursing facility won’t want to accept responsibility. Our top-rated litigators are prepared to make them acknowledge their negligence and pay your family what it deserves.
While you focus on taking care of your loved one, our law firm will:
- Determine how your loved one’s choking incident was allowed to happen and who’s at fault
- Gather evidence to establish negligence and prove that the choking injury was the result of careless or abusive nursing home care
- Bring in experts, including gerontologists and other healthcare specialists, to help us build and value your damages
- Handle negotiations with the caretaker(s), nursing facility, insurance company, and any other liable parties on your behalf
Our attorneys are accomplished and respected trial attorneys with years of experience in the courtroom. If we feel that insurance adjusters are offering a lowball settlement, we’ll be ready to reject it and push forward to trial. Our goal is to help you recover all of the money you need and deserve – no matter the time or resources it requires.
How Common is Choking in Nursing Homes?
Did you know that statistically speaking, an elderly person is more likely to choke than a child? It’s true. According to one study, the risk of choking in elderly adults over the age of 65 is seven times greater than in children under the age of 4.
With many aging Americans in nursing home facilities, choking is a common (and serious) problem. According to the CDC, at least 500 people die in choking accidents in nursing homes and long-term assisted care facilities every year. That’s between one and two nursing home resident choking deaths every day.
Countless more sustain choking injuries that aren’t fatal, but ultimately cause incredible pain and suffering. This often includes traumatic brain injuries and trauma related to oxygen deprivation.
Why Are Nursing Home Residents in Jacksonville At Risk of Choking?
As people age, the body changes. It can become more difficult to chew and swallow. This is called dysphagia, and many nursing home residents suffer from it.
Dysphagia can occur as a natural result of aging or be the consequence of a health condition such as:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Muscular dystrophy (MD)
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal cord injury
Other times, choking is unrelated to dysphagia, but rather the result of ill-fitting dentures or improper seating during mealtimes.
Some elderly nursing home residents have trouble chewing and swallowing their food properly because they’re dehydrated or suffer from a chronic dry mouth as a medication side effect. Without adequate saliva, food doesn’t get broken down properly and can become lodged in the throat.
Who’s Liable For Choking Accidents in a Jacksonville Nursing Home?
Nursing home residents must be monitored and cared for. Anyone who is responsible for their health and well-being, but fails to provide adequate care, can be liable when a resident chokes.
This can include:
- Personal caretakers and aides
- Nursing home staff
- Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Our Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers will aggressively pursue maximum compensation from anyone who allowed your loved one to have a choking accident. It’s an entirely avoidable incident if they’re cared for properly. We’ll work tirelessly to ensure all responsible parties are held to account.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Jacksonville Choking Lawyer
Don’t let the nursing home off the hook after your loved one experiences a choking accident at their facility. Contact Baggett Law Personal Injury Lawyers and discover how our Jacksonville choking lawyers can help you fight for the financial compensation you deserve.
We provide a free, no-obligation case evaluation, so don’t hesitate to reach out to our compassionate team to schedule yours today.