Q: is the doctor considered negligent for not referring to ENT sooner?
my son had ear tubes put in 2011 but continued to have recurrent ear infections with ruptured eardrum again since 2013. He was treated over and over with antibiotics and has recently been diagnosed with mastoiditis, cholesteatoma, and a fungal infection that no medication is resolving for the past 6 months. He has already had another surgery since April 2019 and will require several more. He also has moderate conductive hearing loss that may be permanent. Everything he has endured so far, and still has to go through, has changed him. He has trouble making friends at school and has anxiety about certain things. Could this be a case based on the assumption that the continued antibiotics caused him to build up resistance letting the fungal infection be near impossible to treat, and also not referring him to an ENT when the ear infections kept happening?
The best way to evaluate the matter could be to set up a consultation with a Texas med mal attorney. It could come down to a matter of being able to demonstrate with medical evidence the extent of damages incurred as a failure to make such referral(s), if that was the case. Good luck
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