Gallbladder Surgery Lawsuits: FAQs about Gallbladder Surgery Malpractice & Patients’ Recovery Options
When medical professionals make mistakes before, during or even after gallbladder surgery, patients can develop serious health complications. Although this can be a very frightening situation to be in, getting answers about the options for recovery and justice can be essential to helping patients:
- Take the right steps to treating the complications and restoring their health
- Take action to hold the negligent medical professional(s) accountable
- Heal and start rebuilding their lives.
Below are some insightful answers to commonly asked questions about gallbladder surgery lawsuits and patients’ recovery options.
While this information can start shedding some light on the available legal remedies (in the aftermath of a botched gallbladder surgery), please don’t hesitate to contact a Midland medical malpractice attorney at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm when you are ready for more specific answers pertaining to you and your situation.
Our lawyers are ready to speak with you and provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions for you and your family as you move forward.
Q – How Do I Know if Medical Mistakes Caused My Gallbladder Surgery Complications?
A – The best way to find out if medical negligence contributed to your gallbladder surgery injuries is to meet with an experienced attorney – like a Midland medical malpractice lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm – for a free case evaluation. An attorney can go over the details of your situation and determine whether medical errors or oversights played a role in harming you during gallbladder removal surgery.
Aside from that, some general warning signs that your gallbladder surgery complications were likely caused by medical negligence can include (and are not at all limited to):
- Developing or experiencing severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea and/or a serious infection following surgery
- Requiring follow-up surgery
- Receiving unclear information from the surgeon (regarding why you’re experiencing health problems after your operation).
Q – Who’s Responsible or Liable for My Gallbladder Surgery Injuries?
A – Liability for gallbladder surgery errors will depend on the precise cause(s) of the surgery mistakes or injuries.
While an attorney can provide more specific answers, the following are some of the parties who are commonly liable for gallbladder surgery injuries:
- Surgeons (when, for instance, they puncture the organs, blood vessels and/or tissues surrounding the gallbladder)
- Anesthesiologists (when, for example, they administer the wrong type or amount of anesthesia)
- Nurses (when, for instance, they leave surgical tools inside of patients)
- Hospitals (when, for example, they have hired or retained medical professionals who are known to botch surgeries or make life-threatening mistakes in administering care).
Q – What Type of Compensation Is Available for Gallbladder Surgery Malpractice Victims?
A – Injured gallbladder surgery patients who are able to successfully resolve medical malpractice cases can be eligible for compensation that covers the following:
- Past medical bills
- Future treatment costs and healthcare needs
- Past lost wages
- Future lost earnings
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and mental suffering.
Please be aware that additional compensation (such as punitive damages) may be available in some cases (like, for instance, when hospitals have a history of staffing medical professionals who botch gallbladder and/or other surgeries).
Q – How Soon Do Gallbladder Surgery Lawsuits Have to Be Filed?
A – It depends on the state in which the case is being filed (because different states have differing laws regarding the deadlines for filing medical malpractice cases).
In Texas, the law provides two years from the date of the surgery (or from the date on which the surgery-related complications and injuries are discovered) to file these cases. In contrast, New Mexico law provides three years for victims to file gallbladder surgery lawsuits.
Here, it’s crucial to point out that:
- Missing the filing deadline for a surgery malpractice claim can result in victims losing out on an option for financial recovery (as their case will likely be dismissed if they file it after the statute of limitations has expired).
- In general, it’s best to move forward with a gallbladder surgery lawsuit as soon as possible (because more evidence is typically available soon after the event, rather than months or years down the line).
Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the filing deadlines for medical malpractice and gallbladder surgery lawsuits across the U.S.
Q – Do I Really Need an Attorney to Help Me with a Gallbladder Surgery Malpractice Case?
A – Yes. If you want to build the strongest possible case – and you want to position your case for the best possible outcome, hiring a lawyer to represent you is essential.
That’s because an attorney can provide indispensable help and support with gallbladder surgery lawsuits, such as by:
- Reviewing doctor’s reports and surgery records to pinpoint how and why the mistake(s) occurred
- Analyzing hospital policies to evaluate whether these may have contributed to the surgery errors
- Working with expert witnesses to craft the strongest possible case for injured patients
- Standing up to insurance companies, doctors’ and hospital’s lawyers, and other formidable opponents to ensure injured patients obtain the full amount of compensation they deserve.
The bottom line is that, with an experienced attorney on your side, you can trust that your rights will be protected and that you will have the best chances of maximizing your financial recovery. And that may be the key to healing and rebuilding your life.
Let’s Discuss Your Recovery Options: Contact a Midland Medical Malpractice Lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm
Get more answers about your rights and recovery options in the aftermath of a botched gallbladder surgery by contacting a Midland medical malpractice lawyer at Buckingham Barrera Law Firm today.
Call (432) 570-1919 or email our firm via the contact form. Although our lawyers cannot change the past, we are here for you now – and our representation can make a big difference in your case, recovery and future.
From offices based in Midland, our skilled lawyers provide superior service and advocacy to injured people throughout Midland County, the state of Texas, the state of New Mexico, and the U.S.