Clogged Breathing Tubes

Attorneys Serving Justice for Nursing Home Negligence in Chicago and Surrounding Areas Throughout Illinois

The thought of our loved ones dying in the nursing home or other assisted living facility that we have entrusted for their care is beyond unimaginable. And the thought of that injury or death occurring because they could not breathe is, arguably, even worse.

Clogged breathing tubes, like choking, deprive oxygen to the brain and can cause severe brain damage and/or even death. While such an injury may appear to be accidental, nursing homes can still be held accountable, particularly if the choking occurred because the patient was not properly monitored and this lack of monitoring led to a clogged breathing tube. It is the nursing home or related facility’s obligation to care for your loved one and ensure that any medical equipment—such as breathing tubes—are being used properly. Breathing tubes in particular need to be monitored very closely, as they can get clogged and disrupt breathing.

If this hasn’t been done, your loved one may have a nursing home abuse case. If this is the case, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options. Your loved ones deserve to be kept safe in these homes.

Errors in Nursing Homes

Our Chicago attorneys see cases like this all the time; loved ones who are injured or killed due to a serious mistake made by their nursing home staff, whether that leads to malnutrition, medical errors, choking, clogged breathing tubes, or another act of negligence committed in feeding or administering medical care to residents. For example, some of our nursing home cases and settlements have included:

  • S.A. v. HCR Manor Care Homewood: A $2.9 million record nursing home jury verdict against a nursing home for the family of a deceased 57-year-old resident who was suffocated due to the home’s negligent care of her tracheostomy tube.
  • C.A. as administrator of the estate of W.R. v. Mercy Health Care Rehabilitation Institute: A $1 million settlement against a nursing home when a 75-year-old resident suffered malnutrition, dehydration and Stage IV pressure sores, resulting in death.
  • E.L. v. Sunrise Assisted Living: A $1 million verdict against an assisted living facility that admitted liability for failing to give a proper mechanical soft diet due to understaffing and poorly trained staff, which ultimately resulted in choking and death of a 67 year old man.
  • E. V. v. Emerald Park Health Care Center: A $950,000 settlement against a nursing home due to a 91-year-old resident who, over a three year period, suffered from malnutrition and dehydration, leading to hospitalization and death. This facility has subsequently been shut down by the State of Illinois.
Contact Us Today

If you believe that a loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse in the State of Illinois, you should act quickly and contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers online or by phone at 877-374-1417 or 312-332-2872 to set up a free consultation. We are here to help.

Margaret, Daisy and Bryan. This magnificent cohesive team led by Margaret represented us for my mom's nursing home wrongful death case. They were most patient and responded timely to many questions throughout the entire process. All demonstrated professionalism and extensive knowledge of case and state laws. Their in-depth investigative work uncovered details which were unknown to us and yet sadly confirmed our suspicions. We would recommend the Levin and Perconti Law firm and especially this team. Kathy and Ron
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client