2018 AMI Online Salon

Jonathan Doe’s Right Ear Cholesteatoma and Resulting Surgeries

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Jennifer Darcy; Phoenix, Arizona
  • Client: Medical Malpractice Attorney
  • Copyright: © 2018 Amicus Visual Solutions
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop / Adobe InDesign
  • Final presentation format: 30×40 Enlarged Courtroom Exhibit Boards
  • Primary audience: Jury

Project Description

This case involves a young child who, during a period of 2.5 years, presented to the defendant ENTs with complaints of pain, difficulty hearing, dizziness, inflamed polyp, and infections and discharges emanating from his right ear. Both defendant ENTs incorrectly determined that the child was suffering from an ear infection even after symptoms continued and treatments indicated for an ear infection failed to work. These symptoms are the first signs of a cholesteatoma, which was finally diagnosed as such by the ENTs. The defendants’ negligence in failing to properly and timely diagnose the child with a cholesteatoma, caused him to require additional surgeries and caused severe damage to his right ear including: a hole in bone of the ear, prolonged pain and discharge, destruction of bony septa, ossicular erosion/removal, maximum conductive hearing loss at all frequencies, and the need for a hearing aid. If the child had been properly diagnosed these damages would not have been sustained.