Denver Gallbladder Malpractice Attorneys
Gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) is a common surgical procedure that has been performed laparoscopically for decades. These minimally invasive techniques have significantly increased the risk of complications. Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery has caused serious injuries to patients, with life-altering consequences, including reduced quality of life and a higher risk of mortality.
Rates of operative and postoperative complications are high with laparoscopic gallbladder removal. Patients can suffer a range of injuries caused by medical negligence, including:
- Lacerations of the bile ducts
- Perforation of the bowel
- Burns to the hepatic (bile) ducts with cauterization
- Stricture of a bile duct caused by a surgical clip
- Excessive bleeding
- Laceration of pancreas
Surgical errors during a cholecystectomy can lead to serious medical issues, including bile leakage, severe infections, and cholangitis (inflammation of the bile duct system, usually caused by bacterial infection). These complications can result in long-lasting harm and increased lifetime healthcare costs.
- Most medical errors with laparoscopic gallbladder removal occur when surgeons are not able to see what they are cutting. Surgeons should never cut unless they are certain of what they are doing. Safety procedures have been established for laparoscopic gallbladder removal, requiring surgeons to remove tissue in a particular sequence to provide visibility, and then carefully identify all anatomical structures located between the liver and the gallbladder. When doctors are in a rush to complete the surgery and fail to follow all safety procedures, the patient can suffer injury.
- Severing a bile duct inadvertently can result from inattention on the part of the surgeon or rushing through the procedure without the necessary diligence and caution. Bile duct injuries during gallbladder surgery can cause a range of symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, pain, discomfort, fever, and jaundice.
- Another common medical error is failing to convert a laparoscopic procedure to an open procedure when necessary. This may be appropriate in cases of acute cholecystitis (inflammation of the gallbladder). Once a laparoscopic procedure has begun, surgeons may fail to identify complications or ignore the problem and complete the surgery regardless. Patients can develop severe complications as a result, including cholangitis, sepsis, and death. Failing to inspect the bowel if there is a suspected injury.
You can hold a doctor liable for medical malpractice by filing a claim for compensation. Medical malpractice claims are complicated cases with multiple potentially liable parties and complex medical and legal issues. Your best chance of recovering the compensation you deserve is to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney to represent you.
If medical negligence caused your injuries, your lawyer could thoroughly investigate the incident, determine who is liable, and build a strong case based on the facts. A medical malpractice law firm should have the knowledge and resources to accurately assess the full extent of your losses, including increased medical expenses in the future. Your attorney can negotiate skillfully with the other side to secure a full and fair settlement, or fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary.
With so much at stake after serious medical malpractice injuries, you need a law firm with a successful track record. Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. has been nationally recognized for the work we do in medical malpractice cases. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to provide effective representation for the people who need it most – those who have been injured by their own doctors and healthcare providers. Call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906 if you have been injured in gallbladder removal surgery. We charge nothing for the initial consultation.