Experienced Chicago Nursing Home Injury Attorneys
Many nursing home residents rely on breathing tubes to survive. When those tubes become clogged, serious brain injuries or death can transpire in mere minutes. That is precisely why Chicago nursing homes are charged with the responsibility of safeguarding residents relying on breathing tubes.
Sadly, clogged breathing tubes are much more common in Illinois than they ought to be. Most cases arise in the nursing home context, and even though they often seem like “accidents,” the nursing homes are frequently at fault.
Most elderly nursing home residents are unable to stay healthy on their own. That’s why they seek residence in an assisted living facility in the first place. The nursing homes have an extremely important duty, then, to help them stay well. When they breach that duty through carelessness, the victims and their families are entitled to justice, including financial compensation under Illinois law.
At Malman Law, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home residents in Illinois. We’ve worked with injured residents and their families for decades, and we know first hand how astoundingly negligent even the biggest and best nursing homes can be in their disregard for a resident’s wellbeing.
Nursing home residents deserve the utmost respect and the very best care. These are our parents and grandparents, after all. We have a right to expect that the facilities we select will take good care of the people we love, and there is absolutely no excuse for their failure to do so.
As experienced Chicago nursing home injury attorneys, we are prepared to hold negligent nursing homes accountable to the terms of their contracts and the letter of the law. We will aggressively pursue justice in every case we accept. Our goal is to maximize your financial recovery and send a message to nursing homes: our loved ones matter, and we will stand up for them.
Why Do Some Seniors Require Breathing Tubes?
Nursing home residents require breathing tubes for various reasons. Some surgical procedures necessitate the installation of an endotracheal tube during recovery. The same is true for some particularly severe infections or conditions that threaten to close the windpipe (trachea). Others may depend on the tubes in order to achieve adequate respiration without accidentally choking.
Even routine conditions like bronchiolitis and pneumonia can lead to intubation. They are common in the treatment of certain cancers, brain conditions, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and ALS. Many other medical procedures and conditions can indicate tracheotomy or intubation with a breathing tube as well. In any of these instances, the procedures and/or the tubes can become real lifelines for the residents.
Illinois Nursing Homes Have a Legal Duty to Prevent Clogged Breathing Tubes
Following intubation, many residents experience profound difficulty in communicating. Some may be unable to speak at all. This leaves them in an extremely vulnerable position, especially in the event that the breathing tube becomes clogged — often with mucus or other debris.
Nursing home staff and other caregivers have a duty to carefully monitor every resident after tracheotomy or intubation. Specifically, the nursing home should monitor for:
- Respiratory or pulmonary problems
- Signs of distress
- Vital signs
- Any changes in the resident’s health or demeanor
- Any other signs of concern
Failure to identify these problems and react appropriately can be grounds for legal action against the caregiver and/or the facility.
Conditions Caused by Clogged Breathing Tubes
Clogged breathing tubes in nursing homes can lead to a wide range of illnesses and injuries, including:
- Brain damage
- Spinal damage
- Injured vertebrae
- Pulmonary aspiration
- Choking on debris
- Heart attack / cardiac arrest
- Airway perforation
- Damage to the nasal passages and/or vocal cord
- Dental damage
- Trauma affecting the lips, tongue, gums, or mouth
- Early or sudden death
This is not an exhaustive list. We all depend on an unobstructed airway and adequate oxygen to survive. Any interruption in that process can cause catastrophic or even fatal damage. Whatever the nature of the injuries in your situation, the experienced Chicago nursing home injury attorneys at Malman Law can help.
Get in Touch with Our Experienced Chicago Nursing Home Injury Attorneys
Malman Law has a reputation for a rigorous, strategic, and comprehensive approach to personal injury litigation and negotiation. Our goal is to hold negligent nursing homes accountable for their carelessness while simultaneously maximizing your financial recovery. We’ll fight tirelessly toward that goal.
Don’t worry if you don’t have money to pay us upfront for our services. We offer each of our clients a Zero Fee Guarantee, which means you don’t have to pay a thing unless and until we successfully settle or win your case.
Because we handle so many nursing home cases, our firm also employs a full-time Registered Nurse with more than 30 years of experience working in the various nursing homes of Chicagoland. Our nurse reviews each of these cases in the context of medical malpractice and the relevant standards of nursing care. We believe this gives us invaluable insight and offers a real benefit to our clients.
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