One of the many small but ever-present dangers that people face is choking. Choking seems like a straightforward enough danger that most people are not worried about. For the most part, they are right. Choking does not pose a high risk to most people. That does not mean, however, that choking will not arise as a problem.
Choking poses the largest dangers to young children, especially those under the age of three years. Little kids do not understand that they can choke on things, so they may put things in their mouths not realizing that if they attempt to swallow them, those things may get stuck in their throats. Because toddlers go through the process of teething, they are even more likely to put things in their mouths, and more likely to choke.
Adults may also choke, however. If they are eating something too fast, or they do not chew properly for whatever reason, the food may get lodged in their throat. Furthermore, even people’s pets can choke on things. A dog may put a Lego into its mouth thinking it is food and may swallow it by accident.
The effects of choking are obvious and very serious. People and other animals that choke on something and do not immediately have the thing removed from their throat can die from asphyxiation. Because the breathing from both the nose and from the mouth involves the throat, having something jammed in one’s throat does not allow oxygen to enter one’s body from either location.
Choking can best be described as silent but deadly. It is a danger that is ever-present but is not obvious, and when it arises it can be fatal. Contact the Waukesha personal injury lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874 to find out about choking.