Choking & How it Happens

Choking & How it Happens


If you or a loved one have been the victim of a choking accident then it is important to know what your options for going forward are. People can choke on things for a number of different reasons. It may be the result of food not being cut properly or it could be from a product defect. Regardless of the reason why it’s important to know that help in the form of legal assistance does exist for these types of issues. Compensation may be available depending on your case’s details.

How to Tell if Someone is Choking

There are many different ways to be able to tell if someone is choking. It’s always crucial that a careful watch is placed on those with sensitive eating habits. That especially means for babies, toddlers, and elderly people. All of them equally can have difficulty eating and swallowing foods. In order to tell if someone is choking, observe the following:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Face-changing color
  • Coughing
  • Firmly holding throat or chest
  • Failure to be able to speak or swallow

If you or a loved one exhibits any of these signs, then there is a chance that the culprit is choking. 

How Choking Happens

Choking can be the result of many different reasons. If food is simply too large and hasn’t been cut into pieces, then this can cause someone to choke. Eating too quickly is another common way that people choke. Dentures that are typically worn by elderly people are another thing that can lead to choking. Another way that choking happens is when children play with small toys. Toys and certain other products should be labeled correctly with choking hazard stickers. If they are not properly labeled, then there could be a chance for a lawsuit. Contact a choking lawyer to learn more about how to proceed with a choking case. 

Product Defects

As stated before, toys and certain other products should be labeled with choking hazard warnings. If not, then a lawsuit may be filed. Product defects are another thing that can lead to choking. Certain products used for the mouth like dentures and other mouth care products could lead to choking. It’s always important to read the details of the product and if there are warnings for how to use them. These products may also have defects that were originally unintended that lead to a choking incident. Contact Davis & Brusca, LLC, for help with your case.