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Suffocation and Nursing Home Neglect

Strangulation, Suffocation and Nursing Home Neglect

When people think of strangulation and suffocation, few would consider these to be accidents, especially when considering that they happen to people who have advanced in age. However, that’s exactly how these deaths tend to play out across the United States every year, as assisted living center staffs too often fail to properly monitor their residents such that this is the tragic result of that lack of oversight. It’s gotten to the point where there are even statistics being kept with regards to these incidents so that trends can be identified and perhaps additional actions can be taken.

Below you will find a brief overview of suffocation, strangulation and how they tend to occur in assisted living centers. You will also find a brief description of the emerging statistics that relate to this growing problem. Finally, you will find information regarding the potential actions that could be taken by someone who loses a loved one because of this type of an accident. Anyone who has lost a loved one already because of this problem needs to obtain the help of experienced Florida nursing home abuse lawyers as soon as possible.

Strangulation and Suffocation in Nursing Homes

As people become increasingly unable to move around as they get older, they tend to spend much more time in bed. This is generally thought of as the safest location for someone in this position, and they are further protected by the fact that these beds have rails in place that will prevent them from falling to the floor.

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Unfortunately, it’s these rails that appear to be the source of the problem for strangulation and suffocation. People have been strangled in recent years because they move around while in a bed and placing their necks either on top of or in between the rails. In addition, people have suffocated because they have fallen between a mattress that is not properly sized for a bed and the rails, much like infants have had happen to them in defective cribs.

However, these cases of suffocation and strangulation do not necessarily occur because these products are defective. The only way that someone could suffer this terrible fate is if he or she is not being properly watched by a nursing home staff. The federal government has gotten involved with this issue by keeping track of the scope of the problem. To date, the government estimates that approximately two people every month are killed in assisted living centers across the country because of these accidents.

When a family loses a loved one because of neglect, the emotional fallout can be devastating for obvious reasons. If you and your family have had to endure this type of tragic loss because of neglect or abuse, you need to seek the help of Florida nursing home abuse lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of suffering families for many years. Contact Bernstein & Maryanoff today to schedule a free initial consultation.