An otolaryngologist specializes in the ears, nose, and throat and is often known as an ENT. If you believe that you or someone close to you has been injured due to the negligence of an ENT, you need to reach out to the experienced Syracuse ENT malpractice attorneys at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers. With years of experience, we know how to navigate these complex cases.
ENT doctors assess, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, abnormalities, and other health problems affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as the head, neck, mouth, sinuses, and larynx (voice box). Surgeries are typically performed to improve a patient’s quality of life. For example, septoplasty (nose surgery) may be performed to help a patient breathe better. The majority of ENT procedures are relatively straightforward, posing little risk to the patient. However, ENT errors do happen and can significantly affect a patient’s health. Common examples of conduct that may give rise to an ENT malpractice case include but are not limited to:
- Failure to order the appropriate tests, such as an MRI or CT scan;
- Failure to accurately interpret a study or test result that was ordered;
- Nerve damage to the face;
- Misdiagnosis or missed diagnosis of a condition;
- Failure to perform surgery or another procedure properly;
- Damage to the facial structure;
- Loss of senses like smell and taste.
It is important to note that not all adverse or undesirable outcomes are results of medical malpractice. In some cases, the medical professional can do everything right, and the patient can still have a complication. This is simply the nature of medicine. Instead, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor fails to adhere to the generally accepted standard of care, thereby causing an injury or harm to a patient. The generally accepted standard of care refers to the level of care another ear, nose, and throat doctor would have used when treating the same condition under the same or similar circumstances. As a result, the standard of care varies from case to case.
Any complications relating to the ear, nose, and throat are dangerously close to the brain and can cause serious injuries or even death to the patient. Injuries associated with ENT malpractice can be extremely costly to treat. Fortunately, New York laws allow victims of such malpractice to recover a variety of damages that may be relevant to the case, such as medical bills, lost wages, disability, and costs of future care.
If you believe that you or a member of your family has suffered harm due to ENT negligence, we can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, our Syracuse ENT malpractice lawyers have substantial experience working with individuals who have been victims of ENT malpractice. You can trust that we can thoroughly evaluate the facts of your case and help you pursue the compensation you need to move on with your life. Get in touch with us so that we can advise you today; you can call us at 315-479-9000 or contact us online.
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