When visiting your GP for ear-related problems, you may be referred to a specialist for a more thorough examination. Ear, nose and throat doctors and surgeons may then diagnose a condition of the ear such as a hole in the ear drum or conductive hearing loss. These conditions may require surgery to correct or to help improve your lifestyle. Before surgery, your physician will inform you of any risks associated with the procedure. Some surgical procedures include:
- Cochlear implant placement to improve hearing loss
- Tympanoplasty to repair a hole in the ear drum
- Atresia repair to correct an under-developed ear canal
Some procedures can be carried out via the ear canal to avoid incision whereas other procedures require a more invasive approach which could create more risks. Patients may experience temporary or permanent hearing loss in rare cases. Lower risks include some feelings of dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or weakness of facial muscles after surgery. Negligent ear surgery is rare but could result in permanent hearing loss or injury.
Negligent ear surgery and risks
All surgeons must perform the procedure to the best of their ability to ensure that the risk of injury or mistake is significantly reduced. This means maintaining all equipment and being in a fit state to perform the procedure. In addition, you must receive advice regarding the risks of the surgery beforehand and you must receive adequate after care to ensure you are not a victim of injury. If you suffer permanent hearing loss or nerve damage after the procedure then you may have been a victim of negligent ear surgery. Where there is evidence of this you could make a claim for compensation. Just call Accident Advice Helpline for assistance with your claim for medical negligence.
Claiming medical negligence compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which has been in business since the year 2000 therefore we have helped thousands of victims of medical negligence to claim compensation. Should you suffer hearing loss or an injury after ear surgery and you want to seek out compensation to help cope financially, then we can take you step by step through the process. Our helpline is free to call 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and our no win, no fee policy means that you don’t have to use your existing income to pay upfront.
Date Published: July 22, 2014
Author: David Brown