A neurologist is a doctor who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems, which includes the brain, spinal cord, cranial nerves, spinal nerves and all major sense organs. Like a neurologist, a neurosurgeon specializes in many of the same illnesses and disorders, except that a neurosurgeon's treatment includes surgery.
There are approximately 14,000 active neurologists in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 1 year residency in internal medicine followed by a 3 year residency and/or fellowship in neurology. According to a recent report prepared by the American Medical Group Association, the median salary for the specialty is just over $236,000.00 per year. There are approximately 3,500 active neurosurgeons in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 1 year residency in general surgery followed by a 5-7 year residency and/or fellowship in neurosurgery. The median salary for the specialty is just $548,000.00 per year.
Neurologists and neurosurgeons are called upon by patients to perform neurological examinations of muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, tone, sensation, memory and cognition, in order to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases. Where a neurologist or neurosurgeon fails to order the appropriate test (such as a CT scan, MRI, EEG, EMG or lumbar puncture), or treat a brain or spinal disorder appropriately, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.
Common conditions and diseases treated by neurologists or neurosurgeons include:
- brain damage;
- cerebral palsy;
- meningiomas; and
- acoustic neuromas.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice cases due to or arising out of neurology errors and neurosurgical malpractice. If you or a loved one have a neurological disorder or that was not treated properly, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
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