Medical Negligence claims for Gallbladder surgery
If you have suffered an injury caused by negligent Gallbladder surgery or Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
- Information about gallbladder surgery claims
- How much can I claim?
- What can I claim compensation for?
- Making a claim for compensation
Gallstones is a common and very painful problem. The most common method of removing a person’s gallbladder is through the use of keyhole surgery. Using a laparoscope (laparoscopy) is the most common way to remove the gallbladder. A laparoscope is a thin, lighted tube that lets the doctor see inside your belly.
The gallbladder is usually removed by cutting the bile duct and blood vessels that lead to the gallbladder. Then the surgeon removes the gallbladder, using the laparoscope. A special x-ray called a cholangiogram will be done during your surgery. This involves squirting some dye into your common bile duct. This duct will be left inside you after your gallbladder has been removed. The dye helps locate other stones that may be outside your gallbladder. If any are found, the surgeon may be able to remove these other stones.
There are many benefits to keyhole surgery, however in some cases mistakes are made giving rise to potential medical negligence claims.
Damage to the gall bladder and bile duct can occur during gall bladder operations such as removal of gallstones, or during abdominal surgery and investigations - particularly those involving the liver. The impact of gall bladder or bile duct damage on a patient can be quite significant. It can leave the patient requiring additional major surgery, or with long-term symptoms. Whilst permanent disability is rare, a few patients face ongoing infections, possible liver damage, and ultimately even the potential need for a liver transplant.
Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum which is the membrane that lines the abdominal cavity and surrounds the organs in the abdomen. More common in men than in women, peritonitis causes the sufferer to experience severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, abdominal swelling and fever. Dehydration and shock can also occur and the onset of symptoms s often quick.
Peritonitis can be an extremely deadly infection that, if not treated rapidly, can prove fatal. The infection is often associated with other abdominal problems such as a perforated appendix or ruptured bowel, two conditions that can result from medical negligence.
A number of factors will determine the value of your settlement:
- The type of injury and how severe the injury is
- Did you recover fully from the injury or do you have ongoing problems
- What are the long term effects on your health
- Did the injury cause you other losses such as loss of earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- The loss of comfort/convenience/quality of life caused by your injury
- Medical care costs
- Costs involved in adapting your home to meet your new requirements as a result of your injury
- Other out of pocket expenses incurred whilst receiving medical treatment, such as travel expenses
A specialist medical negligence solicitor can assess your case and inform you about:
- How strong your case is
- The likelyhood of making a successful claim
- The amount of compensation you may receive if your claim is successful
- Pursue a claim on your behalf