Medical Malpractice and Loss of Hearing
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on February 12, 2014
Our attorneys believe that any negligent surgeons, physicians, pediatricians, and other medical professionals need to be held accountable for their mistakes, particularly since their actions can have major repercussions in the lives of their patients. This is especially true when such mistakes lead to a change in a patient's quality of life.
Right now, our medical malpractice attorneys would like to consider hearing loss caused by medical mistakes and why they should be taken seriously. Those who have experienced hearing loss as a result of a doctor's error or who have a loved one who went through such an experience can discuss their case with our legal team.
Causes of Hearing Loss
There are three types of hearing loss that can occur.
- Conductive Hearing Loss - This kind of hearing loss is related to injury of the eardrum, ear canal, or the bones of the middle ear
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss - Also referred to as nerve-related hearing loss, this kind of hearing loss is related to injuries of the inner ear
- Mixed Hearing Loss - This kind of hearing loss involves a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss
Can medical professionals really cause hearing loss?
Yes. The ear is quite complex, and there are cases in which poor medical treatment or negligent medical treatment can result in damage to different parts of the ear. In such cases, the negligent medical professional needs to be held accountable.
Hearing Loss from Surgical and Procedural Errors
Surgical errors are one of the most tragic kinds of patient injuries. Basic procedures that should help improve ear health can wind up being major causes for concern if they wind up damaging the structures of the ear instead. If hearing loss is the result, our lawyers want to speak with you.
Hearing Loss from Misdiagnosis and Failure to Diagnose
While exposure to loud noises (particularly for long periods of time) is one of the most common causes of hearing loss, there are also medical conditions that can result in the loss of hearing. Doctors should be able to identify Ménière's disease, ear infections, tumors that cause hearing loss, and autoimmune hearing loss and treat it in a timely manner. Failure to do so may be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Hearing Loss In Babies and Young Children
Hearing loss in babies and young children is especially unfortunate. Often this occurs as a result of an ear infection at an early age. If a child's pediatrician fails to diagnose an ear infection or fails to administer proper treatment to address the infection, the result may be partial hearing loss or even deafness. Either will affect the child's overall quality of life. This failure of care is a definite grounds for legal action.
How Our Legal Team Can Help You
Our team of medical malpractice lawyers will fight diligently on the behalf of the injured and their loved ones, seeking compensation to cover further medical treatment and the cost of hearing aids and related therapies. Our goal is to hold medical professionals accountable for their actions so that you can have justice and so others do not have to experience the same sort of negligent care in the future.
Learn More About Your Legal Options In Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
If you would like to learn more about all of your legal options following a serious case of medical negligence, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City medical malpractice lawyers today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you in your time of legal need. We are advocates for the rights of patients.
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