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When mistakes happen during gallbladder surgery, people can be seriously injured. While they may need additional corrective surgeries or be left with permanent injuries, in the worst cases, the complications can be life threatening.
Finding out how to take action and recover – physically, financially and emotionally – can, however, be the key to restoring the lives damaged by gallbladder surgery errors.
An experienced lawyer can be an invaluable asset when it’s time to recover from gallbladder surgery mistakes. In addition to explaining your legal options, an attorney can help you protect your rights and take legal action to hold the negligent parties accountable.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Albuquerque & Texas
For more than two decades, the lawyers at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm have been dedicated to helping people injured by medical negligence. We understand just how catastrophic and damaging gallbladder surgery injuries can be – especially when those injuries could have been prevented if a medical professional had been more experienced, attentive and careful.
That is why we are proud to help our clients take action, fight back and pursue all available legal remedies. And why we are also proud to offer compassionate support and responsive legal service while we strive to maximize our clients’ recoveries and bring each case to the best possible resolution.
Although our representation cannot change the past, it can make an enormous difference in your case, your recovery and your future.
How Medical Mistakes Can Cause Gallbladder Surgery Injuries
Medical professionals’ inexperience and/or carelessness are factors that can – and all-too-often DO – cause gallbladder surgery mistakes and injuries. While these mistakes can include cutting or puncturing the bile duct or the tissues surrounding the gallbladder during surgery, they can also arise when the wrong amounts of anesthesia are administered (prior to surgery) or when surgical instruments are left in patients (during/after the procedure).
The main things that these and other types of gallbladder surgery mistakes have in common are that:
- They are preventable
- They do cause serious health complications
- They can serve as the basis for a medical malpractice case. These cases allow injured patients to hold the negligent professional(s) – and/or other parties – liable for the harm they have inflicted
I Have Gallbladder Surgery Injuries. Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
You may. Whether or not you have a case will depend on the causes of your gallbladder surgery injuries. While our attorneys are ready to go over the facts of your situation and give you more concrete answers, here are some red flags that medical negligence may have contributed to your injuries or complications:
- You develop nausea, fever and serious abdominal pain after your gallbladder removal
- Your surgeon tells you that you need follow-up corrective surgery
- You are not scheduled for any post-operative checks or appointments following the procedure
Financial Recoveries: Compensation for Gallbladder Surgery Mistakes
Compensation for a successful gallbladder surgery lawsuit can (and does) vary widely, according to:
- The nature of the negligence involved
- The extent of the injuries sustained
- The state in which the case is filed
In general, however, financial recoveries can include damages for medical bills (including the costs of future treatments), lost wages, loss of consortium, and mental suffering. Our attorneys can evaluate your claim and help you protect its value as you proceed.
We invite you to continue exploring this site for additional information about our services and experience. Whenever you are ready for answers specific to your circumstances, as well as your rights and potential case, don’t hesitate to call (432) 570-1919 (or contact us via email) to speak with our Midland medical malpractice attorneys.
We are ready to give you the information you need to make the right decisions for you and your family as you move forward.
More about Gallbladder Surgery: The Procedure
Gallbladder removal surgery (or a cholecystectomy) is generally performed when inflammation, disease or defects prevent the gallbladder from properly functioning. Every year, at least 600,000 cholecystectomies are performed across the nation.
What is a Gallbladder?
The gallbladder is a non-vital digestive organ that lies beneath the liver and holds bile (an enzyme produced by the liver). After food has been eaten, the gallbladder releases bile to the small intestines to help breakdown food.
A range of health complications can cause gallbladder problems, such as gallstones, cancer, pancreatitis and other health issues. When any of these problems prevents a gallbladder from holding, storing or releasing bile, however, it will likely be time to have the gallbladder surgically removed.
Traditional (Open) Gallbladder Surgery versus Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery
The main difference between traditional surgery versus laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is that laparoscopic surgery involves far smaller incisions, providing a minimally invasive way to extract a diseased or defective gallbladder.
This means that there are generally faster recoveries from (and less scarring associated with) laparoscopic gallbladder surgery.
About 9 in every 10 cholecystectomies are laparoscopic procedures (and only about 5 percent of laparoscopic gallbladder surgeries have to be converted to open procedures).
Signs & Symptoms of Gallbladder Surgery Complications
After a gallbladder removal, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience some mild digestive complications, like temporary constipation, temporary diarrhea and/or difficulties digesting fatty food.
If or when more serious complications arise – like fever, jaundice or intense abdominal pain, it’s time to seek:
- Immediate medical attention to prevent more serious (possibly fatal) complications; and
- Legal advice to find out if any medical mistakes or negligence played a role in causing your injuries