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Ear, nose and throat surgery

Otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery, or ENT as it is more popularly known, is a specialty of medicine which is said to have more separate surgical procedures than most other surgical disciplines put together.

Essentially, it is the specialty of communication, involving hearing, taste, and speech and language.

Because ENT is such a wide ranging area of medicine, an increasing number of compensation claims are made as a result of negligent treatment. Errors in medical treatment frequently arise as a result of surgical procedures resulting in permanent and serious health problems.

Types of treatment

We regularly see clients affected by negligent treatment in ENT cases. Common injuries and circumstances where claims frequently arise include: 

  • Damage to the facial nerve during surgery resulting in facial weakness

  • Vocal cord damage through surgery or during anaesthetic intubation

  • Failure to diagnose and treat tumours of the nose and sinuses

  • The diagnosis and management of throat or neck swellings and failure to diagnose tumours

  • Incorrect treatment of inner ear problems affecting balance and resulting in Tinnitus

  • Failure to correctly diagnose hearing problems leading to deafness

  • Thyroid disease

Medical care and rehabilitation

Medical care required to treat a case following injury can vary greatly. We have vast experience of working with rehabilitation units throughout the country both in the NHS and in the private sector.

It is vital that you maximise your recovery through active rehabilitation. Our aim is to help rebuild your life by obtaining interim payments of compensation wherever possible to assist you with your:

  • Rehabilitation

  • Re-education/training

  • Transport

  • Housing

  • Aids and equipment

  • Care support

  • Therapeutic services

  • Case management.

Long-term support and care

Injuries can be very serious and often will require some form of long term care. Some people who suffer as a result of medical negligence will require some support for the rest of their lives. We have a wide range of contacts with organisations that can assist you and can work closely with you to enable you to live as independently as possible. These include:

  • Case managers who will assess and organise any support and care you may need;

  • Support workers who will visit you on a regular basis to provide you support and help;

  • Community rehabilitation such as occupational therapy.

When should I contact a solicitor?

You or your family should contact a solicitor as soon as possible. The sooner we can commence work on your claim the sooner we can begin to assist you.

We can advise you on your benefit rights and also advise on dealing with debts which might arise due to being off work. Our specialist community care team can also provide advice on your entitlement to health and social care support at home during the continuance of your claim.

Can I claim compensation?

Surgical errors and misdiagnosis by healthcare professionals can arise in a number of situations however if the error or misdiagnosis has resulted in further pain or extra treatment being required then you may have a claim for compensation.

We may be able to help you with a claim for compensation where you have suffered as a result of the negligence of your healthcare professional.

If you believe that you or someone you know has suffered as a result of medical negligence please contact Tim Spring. We deal with clients throughout the country and we will visit you at your home, hospital or rehabilitation unit.

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