As with any surgical procedure gall bladder surgery carries a small amount of risk. It is one of the most commonly carried out procedures within the NHS, and generally goes forward without incident. The procedure (Cholecystectomy) is often performed as a result of gall stones and can be performed by open or key hole surgery, depending on the case. In order to successfully remove the gall bladder, the surgeon must locate and confirm the correct duct. Where this is not done correctly, it can lead to complications for the patient ranging from mild issues to severe or life-threatening conditions. Where such cases arise, a claim for compensation can be sought by the pursuer within 3 years of the initial procedure, or 3 years from the date the medical issue is identified. Scot Accident Claims will take such cases on a no win, no fee basis after weighing up the specific situation. It is also possible to obtain legal aid to assist in claims for medical negligence that have resulted in an extended recovery time, or a long time away from employment. Where the patient is now deceased as a result of complications surrounding gall bladder surgery, the patients’ spouse or family can claim within 3 years of the date of death. Our team of experienced medical negligence solicitors are available for a free call consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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If the bile duct is clipped instead of the cystic duct, the procedure to correct this is a long and difficult process, with a lengthy recovery time in some cases. This is more likely to occur when the procedure is performed laparoscopically (key hole surgery) than in open surgery. If this goes unnoticed for a period of time after surgery, it can leave the patient susceptible to sepsis. If not caught in time, sepsis can lead to loss of limbs, tissue or even death. There have also been cases where bile duct mistakes have led to organ failure, chronic fatigue and in some cases lifelong chronic pain. Where a patient ends up with chronic pain, it is often a constant feature in their lives, and is not simply occasional flare ups of pain. Claims for such a thing can be quite substantial as chronic pain can leave a pursuer unable to work, or they may have to leave the career they were previously in.
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There are rare cases where other organs are damaged during gall bladder surgery, this is again something that if it goes unnoticed can lead to long term issues for the patient. Injuries such as these can sometimes be proven to be as a result of medical negligence. It can be difficult when performing gall bladder surgery to identify certain parts of the organ, as they can vary greatly from person to person. There should ideally be ample time and care taken to ensure that all procedures are carried out correctly. It has been suggested that the over-burdened and underfunded NHS are under pressure to perform as many procedures as possible, and thus reduce waiting times.
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