Gall Bladder & Bile Duct Injury Claims

The NHS considers the removal of the gall bladder to be a relatively safe procedure, highlighting that complications only arise in around 5% of cases. However, health problems caused by negligent surgery can be serious, if not fatal, meaning that if you receive a gall bladder injury, compensation may be sought.

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If you have suffered a gall bladder or bile duct injury due to a surgeon’s negligence, talk to one of our experienced medical negligence solicitors for confidential advice and we’ll put together a solid case on your behalf. If your claim is successful, you will be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering you have experience, as well as for any financial loss.

To find out more, please contact us on 0333 444 4422 or fill in our contact form.

To successfully claim for medical (also known as clinical) negligence, you need robust legal representation and advice.  At Tilly Bailey & Irvine, we have been accredited by the Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA).  Our specialist team of medical negligence lawyers have dealt with many cases of patients who have suffered injury to the gall bladder or bile duct and have successfully claimed compensation for them.

We are not a faceless claims management company; we are real lawyers with a strong track record of successfully winning clients significant compensation awards.  Our medical negligence team is led by John Hall.  As well as having years of experience running medical negligence claims, John is a panel member of AvMA and a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

What is the bile duct injury?

The bile duct is a series of tubes going from the liver to the small intestines.  Their job is to remove bile from the liver and gallbladder (which stores bile) and send it to the small intestines.  The bile then helps digest the fats that come from food.

The gallbladder is often removed to relieve patients who are suffering from gallstones.  Normal digestion is possible without the gallbladder.  Bile will still reach the intestines, it just won’t be stored in the gallbladder along the way.

Removal of the gall bladder is one of the most common surgeries performed by the NHS.  A frequently used method for removing a gall bladder involves a keyhole procedure known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Damage to the bile duct can occur not only during gall bladder surgery, such as when gallstones are removed, but also during other surgery to the abdomen or liver.

What can go wrong during gall bladder surgery?

Occasionally, when the gallbladder is removed, a surgeon may damage the bile duct. 

Damage can be caused by a cut, burn or pinch.

There are other risks associated with gall bladder removal surgery, including:

  • allergic reaction to anaesthesia or other drugs
  • excessive bleeding
  • blood clots
  • damage to blood vessels
  • heart problems, such as rapid heart rate
  • infection
  • injury to the bile duct or small intestine
  • pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas

How to diagnose bile duct injury

A bile duct injury can be excruciatingly painful and even deadly if not treated correctly. 

Damage to the bile duct during surgery can cause complications including:

  • Haemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Bile leakage
  • Injury to the intestine, bowel and blood vessels
  • Long term damage to the liver

If you have suffered a bile duct injury or complications following a gallbladder removal, it is imperative that you contact us as soon as possible.  The Limitations Act 1980 provides that medical negligence claims must be made within three years of the injury being received (unless exceptional circumstances apply).

What to do when gall bladder removal surgery goes wrong

Our specialist clinical negligence lawyers have successfully secured significant settlements, for clients who have suffered from gallbladder surgery complications caused by the negligence of a health care provider.

We offer no win, no fee arrangements for our clients.  This means that if you do not receive compensation, you will not have to pay any legal. In addition, we can offer After The Event (ATE) to cover the cost of disbursements.

Many clients worry unnecessarily that they will have to appear in court.  Due to our years of experience in handling medical negligence claims, it is very seldom that our solicitors are unable to achieve a settlement before the case goes reaches trial.  Our solicitors are skilled in alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and round-table negotiation, and will advise you fully on whether to accept any early offers of settlement which may be made to you.

How to claim compensation for a bile duct injury

Damage to the gall bladder during what should be a routine operation is becoming increasingly common.

Even when cases are robustly contested by the surgeon’s defence, our team of medical negligence experts will confidently represent you so that justice is achieved.

How much compensation will I get for a gall bladder or bile duct injury claim?

There are two types of damages that may be claimed if you sue for negligence:

  • General damages – these are upon medical evidence: normally a medical expert’s report on the injuries suffered needs to be obtained. The amount of compensation depends on how the injuries affect you now and in the future.
  • Special damages – these are designed to compensate you for out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, prescriptions, and any rehabilitation you may need.  Special damages are designed to put you back in the position you would have been had your injury not been received.

We work closely with medical professionals to prove negligence and carefully document the long-term prognosis so we can ensure the compensation awarded takes everything into account and is at the maximum level possible.

To find out more about how we can advise you on making a claim for a gallbladder or bile duct injury, please call us on 0333 444 4422 to talk to one of our solicitors.

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