Suffering a serious injury after a surgery or other medical procedure can change a person’s life in an instant.
In some cases, individuals have questions about whether medical malpractice took place because let’s face it, they have suffered a horrible result.
One of the many type of surgical injuries we get calls and emails about (not just Maryland but other states also) deal with, for example, an injury that occurs after a gallbladder surgery.
ARE ALL “COMPLICATIONS” AROUND GALLBLADDER SURGERY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
If you have had an opportunity to read some of our other educational articles, or watch our educational videos, you know that not every bad result after a surgery is medical malpractice.
The reason being is that the treating doctor in your case must have deviated from good and acceptable medical treatment in your case, causing your injury.
When doctors fall below this standard of care, causing your injury, then a strong argument can be made that medical malpractice may have occurred to you.
WHAT IS A COMMON ISSUE IN GALLBLADDER INJURY CASES?
One of the most common issues in a gallbladder injury case deals with an injury to the common bile duct.
Doctors will sometimes injure the bile duct and not notice this injury.
They then close the patient up and send the patient on their way.
Usually hours, or even days later, the patient will voice concerns regarding the procedure.
Depending on the patient’s complaints, a reexamination of the patient may have to take place.
WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF NO REPAIR OR FOLLOW-UP IS DONE WHEN BILE DUCT IS CUT?
When doctors fail to notice that an injury to the bile duct has occurred, and no repair or follow-up is done with the patient, the patient can become septic.
This can be due to the fact that bile is leaking into the patient’s abdominal cavity.
Not only can a patient become septic, but if left untreated, the patient can die.
This is why it is important for doctors to repair the bile duct as soon as possible if it is injured during the procedure.
DID THIS HAPPEN TO YOU?
Are you reading this article because your bile duct was injured during your gallbladder surgery?
Or are you reading this article because you have had a loved one die following gallbladder surgery?
If you are any one of the above, this is what we invite you to do if your matte happened in Maryland.
Pick up the phone and give us a call.
We can be reached at 301-850-4832.
We answer Maryland medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and we would be happy to listen to your story.