Victim of neglect at ALF choked to death at facility

Location: Pasco County, Florida
Plaintiff: A 76-year-old woman
Defendant: An assisted living facility and its administrator
Amount: Confidential
Alleged Injuries:  Non-lethal negligence, lethal negligence and wrongful death in a case where a woman choked to death


After two months in the assisted living facility, the plaintiff suffered from a fall with injury, urinary tract infections and aspiration pneumonia. Later, she choked while eating and died. The defendants failed to assess, recognize and respond to risks of aspiration/choking in a resident with a known diagnosis and history of dysphagia and swallowing difficulty. They also failed to provide timely assistance from trained emergency response personnel in a life threatening situation.

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