Gall bladder surgery medical negligence claims

If you've suffered with problems following Gallbladder surgery then our Tier 1 rated medical negligence team may be able to help you claim compensation.

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Gall bladder surgery compensation: Expert medical negligence solicitors

Gallbladder removal surgery, also known as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, is a very common procedure. Many people who undergo this surgery do so because of complications caused by gallstones, which cause intense abdominal pain.

Usually there won’t be any problems with your treatment but if there is, our medical negligence specialists are here to help. You can talk to someone who has the experience and knowledge to help you find out what has gone wrong and what you can do about it.

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We work on a no win, no fee basis, so there’s no need to worry about costs. Plus, our specialist solicitors provide an initial free assessment of your claim.

Surgical errors which lead to a medical negligence claim 

Unfortunately, laparoscopic cholecystectomies do not always go as planned and patients can suffer from the following:

  • Not noting pre-operative blood tests results which indicate that there are gallstones in the bile duct
  • misidentification of the anatomy by the surgeon leading to injury to the bile duct, intestine, bowel, blood vessels or liver
  • not identifying an injury to the bile duct, intestines, bowel, blood vessels or liver during the operation and repairing it straight away
  • delay in identifying an injury to the bile duct, intestines, bowel, blood vessels or liver and repairing it 
  • Incorrect placement of clips leading to bile leakage and delay in identifying and repairing this
  • Not giving medication, if needed, to reduce the risk of thrombo-embolism (blood clots) 

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How a compensation claim can help

If you have suffered physical or psychological injuries as a result of medical negligence in gallbladder surgery, you may be able to make a compensation claim.

Every case is unique, but the impact of a medical error can be emotionally and physically devastating. Compensation can cover any losses or expenses you’ve incurred as a result, such as loss of earnings, further medical treatment and therapies.

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Call us for a free, confidential, no obligation chat, or fill out our enquiry form and we will let you know how we can help. We understand that some injuries can make travelling difficult, so we can also visit you at home if required.

Call for a FREE initial consultation on 0800 013 1165

Our medical negligence lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

Gall bladder surgery medical negligence FAQ's

Why would a gallbladder removal operation need to be performed?

The most common reason for removal of the gallbladder is because the patient has painful gallstones which have been a persistent problem and cannot be treated via a different method.

It is possible that some patients may find that gallstones do not cause any symptoms. However, occasionally the presence of gallstones can stop the flow of bile which causes significant pain for the patient (in the upper abdomen region). The severity of the pain may mean that surgery is necessary. It is also possible that some patients may be at risk of jaundice.

What are the most common causes of negligence during a gallbladder operation?

The majority of gallbladder operations are performed successful. However, mistakes can be made by the surgeon. 


For example, a surgeon may make an error when trying to decipher the complicated anatomy surrounding the gall bladder. This can result in metal clips (used during the procedure) being placed on the incorrect ducts, which can lead to severe and permanent damage. 


A further operation called a Roux-en-Y may then be necessary. This procedure creates a new pathway for bile to flow from the liver to the small intestine.


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