Ear corrective surgery, or Otoplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that is usually done to alter the size and shape of your ears. An ear surgery that has gone wrong could be caused by clinical negligence.
With this type of plastic surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision to expose the ear cartilage. Cartilage will then be removed, and the ear scored into the necessary shape and position. After this, stitching of the remaining cartilage takes place. There is also an alternative treatment utilised where the scoring is done with a needle through the skin rather than an incision being made.
In some cases, issues do arise where the length and nature of the symptoms you have may indicate that the surgeon has made a procedural error. This procedural error can mean that the standard of care which was owed to you fell below that which is normally required by a reasonable body of medical opinion.
It may also be that the plastic surgeon did not advise you of the risks associated with the procedure and did not obtain your consent in the way required by the law. Finally, you may not have received the necessary follow up or care from the treating surgeon and their team that should accompany a safe procedure.
Patients who find themselves suffering physical or psychological distress in these situations are suffering as a result of negligence and may be entitled to compensation.
Symptoms that may be indicative of negligence in your case include:
- Blood clots
- An asymmetrical result which is noticeable
- An infection of a severe nature
- Significant scarring or swelling
- Loss of sensation lasting many months or longer
- Irregularity in skin colour
Had an ear surgery that has gone wrong? We can help.
Our specialist team have healthcare expertise and over 25 years’ experience, we have recovered millions of pounds for our clients in compensation. Our goal from the start is to work with you and guide you through each step of the process. We can see you wherever is convenient for you, be that in our offices in London or the North West of England, at home or in hospital.
The majority of our ear claims are dealt with by our firm on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if we do not succeed in your claim, you will not have to pay anything.
If we can prove your case we will be able to recover damages for you as well as the cost of revision surgery if appropriate, loss of earnings and any other expenses you have incurred.
Frequently asked questions
What side effects can be expected following ear surgery?
Following an otoplasty procedure, some bruising, numbness and “stiff ears” can be present for some time, which is not generally a cause for concern.
If something has gone wrong what shall I do?
Contact us to discuss your eligibility for a compensation claim. If you have suffered due to negligence then you are entitled to compensation. Our specialist team who have medical expertise will look at your medical records and discuss what happened with you and any witnesses to establish what went wrong. If we believe there is a good case, we will obtain an independent medical opinion from a Doctor specialising in this field. This opinion is presented in a medical report and is paid for by us.