An otolaryngologist, also known as an ENT, is a doctor who specializes in the study, diagnosis and treatment of problems with the ears, nose and throat, as well as parts of the head and neck. Otolaryngologists provide care to patients with diseases of or injuries to the sinuses, larynx (voice box), mouth (oral cavity), and upper pharynx. There are many subspecialties, including:
- pediatric otolaryngology;
- facial and plastic reconstruction;
- laryngology; and
There are approximately 6,000 active otolaryngologists in the United States. After medical school, each must complete a 1 year residency in general surgery followed by a 4 year residency or fellowship in otolaryngology. According to a recent report prepared by the American Medical Group Association, the median salary for the specialty is just over $365,000.00 per year.
Otolaryngologists are called upon by patients to perform various aspects of ear, nose and throat care, including treatment of sinusitis, tonsillitis, sleep apnea, ear infections, allergies, hearing loss, nose bleeds, and cancer of the head and neck. Diagnosis and treatment modalities available to ENTs include patient history, physical examination, biopsy, diagnostic studies, and surgery. Where an otolaryngoloist fails to order the appropriate test (such as a CT or MRI) or fails to properly interpret a study ordered, or otherwise fails to diagnose or treat appropriately, he or she may be liable for medical malpractice.
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 otolaryngology malpractice. If you or a loved one have/had an ear, nose or throat problem cancer 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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