An ENT is a physician that treats abnormalities in the ear, nose, and throat. While most procedures conducted by an ENT pose a minimal risk to a patient, there are still common medical errors that can negatively impact a patient. Common medical errors involving an ENT include:
- Failing to conduct appropriate testing;
- Failing to properly interpret test results;
- Causing nerve or muscle damage;
- Misdiagnosing a patient’s condition;
- Failing to diagnosis and treat a patient’s condition;
- Improperly performing a procedure;
- Causing facial damage;
- Causing a patient to lose smell, taste, or hearing; and
- Failing to properly sanitize medical equipment, among others.
Medical negligence by an ENT can have serious long-term consequences, especially because the ear, nose, and throat are close in proximity to a person’s brain.
Victims of medical negligence by an ENT may recover damages for their injuries, which include the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Long-term care costs;
- Pain and suffering, and
- Rehabilitation costs, among others.
In New York State, an ENT has a duty to provide a patient with adequate care. In the event that an ENT fails to provide competent care, a victim may have a medical malpractice claim against the hospital, doctor’s office, and physician. Medical malpractice occurs when the physician deviates from the appropriate standard of care and as result causes harm to the patient. The appropriate standard of care refers to the level of care that another physician under similar circumstances would have used to treat the patient.
If you or someone you love has sustained injuries from an ENT, you may be entitled to compensation. Seeking the guidance of an experienced Long Island ENT injury attorney may be crucial in protecting you or your loved one’s rights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Central Islip medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers at McGuire, Peleáz & Bennet, P.C. (631) 348-1702 or fill out our contact form.