What Causes A Bile Duct Injury?
The bile duct (or bile ducts) refers to a number of long narrow tubes which are responsible for carrying bile – a liquid that aids with food digestion – from the liver to the small intestine. Some bile is stored in the gallbladder, a small pouch attached to the bile duct.
Because of its location, the bile duct is especially vulnerable during certain types of abdominal surgery, particularly those operating around the liver such as gallbladder surgery.Whilst it is a known risk, medical professionals can avoid damaging the bile duct during surgery if it is performed with the correct skill and expertise. When they fail to do so, errors occur which may be grounds for medical negligence compensation.
What Types Of Bile Duct Injury May Be Sustained?
During gallbladder or abdominal surgery there are numerous potential complications which may be attributable to medical negligence. These may include
- Bile leakage – preventable by placing clips onto the tube connecting the gallbladder to bile duct
- Injury to the bile duct
- Injury to intestine, bowel and blood vessels
What Are Symptoms Of A Bile Duct Injury?
Where a bile duct injury has been sustained, common symptoms arising after surgery takes place can include sharp pain, vomiting, and weight loss. In more severe cases where an injury has resulted in a blockage or build up, bilirubin (the active ingredient in bile) may build up in the blood, resulting in jaundice and severe itchiness where it is deposited in bodily tissue.
Bile duct injuries are extremely serious, and require immediate surgical repair. If left untreated, significant complications can occur – which may even become fatal.
How Does Bile Duct Injury Negligence Occur?
Although medical errors like this are uncommon due to the high technical standard of UK medical care, our NHS is frequently overworked and underfunded. As a result, damaging mistakes can – and do – happen. Unfortunately, where these problems do occur, there may be dire repercussions for patients, which cannot be excused.
Our Bile Duct Injury Claims Experience
Errors arising from bile duct injury cases may hold dire repercussions for patients. At Asons, we understand what gall bladder operation negligence is, and the detrimental effect it has on victims. The consequences may not just be physical – potential financial difficulties where time is taken off work must also be considered, and the ensuing stress may elicit negative psychological consequences.
We know that victims are often hesitant to come forward with their bile duct injury medical claims. As medical negligence solicitors, it’s our job to do everything within our means to make the process as straightforward as possible.
Victims of surgical errors which cause bile duct problems are often hesitant to pursue their clinical negligence claim due to concerns about the potential costs. To address this common concern, we have devised a variety of options to help you. We aid you in acquiring all the assistance that you are entitled to, whilst managing resulting compensation in the most beneficial way possible. We must remind you to be quick, however, as there are time limits in place for making claims of this kind.
We deal with medical negligence claims on a regular basis. If you are suffering as a result of surgical errors, you may be eligible to make a claim. Our Medical Negligence Solicitors will work to gather all appropriate paperwork and documentation, whilst speaking to the parties involved to substantiate your claim.