$I Billion for Injured New Yorkers
Our Results
  • $30.1 Million NYC - Medical Malpractice Case
  • $15 Million Manhattan - Medical Malpractice Case
  • $3 Million Queens - Wrongful Death Case
  • $5.5 Million Bronx - Birth Injury Accident
  • $30.1 Million NYC - Medical Malpractice Case
  • $15 Million Manhattan - Medical Malpractice Case
  • $3 Million Queens - Wrongful Death Case
  • $5.5 Million Bronx - Birth Injury Accident
  • $7.75 Million NYC - Medical Malpractice Case
Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff, LLP
Experienced & Trusted Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Call today for a Free Consultation
Serving the greater NYC Area: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx & Staten Island

What You need to Know about Gall Bladder Surgery Errors in Medical Malpractice

Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery is performed on around 750,000 patients every year. This surgery is slowly gaining some substantial precedence over other traditional, open procedures mainly because the recovery time is much less. Patients are usually discharged either on the same day or within a day or two.

First introduced in 1989, this surgery is a very common method of removing a gallbladder that is diseased. But if the surgery is not successful or not performed by a skilled surgeon, and it leads to gall bladder surgery errors, a patient might sustain many serious and life-threatening injuries. This could also result in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Gall bladder surgery procedure

Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery involved the removal of the gall bladder by making tiny incisions in the abdomen. The abdomen is inflated by the surgeon with carbon dioxide or air so that they can see clearly. A lighted scope called a laparoscope is attached to a video camera and is inserted into an incision near the nave. A video guide is then used as a guide while the surgical instruments are being inserted. The surgeon then uses a series of tiny instruments to clip or cut the arteries or ducts that are attached the gall bladder and to remove it from the patient's body.

It is important that a surgeon is qualified and experienced enough to successfully identify each duct that he or she is cutting. If the surgeon clips, cuts or nicks the common bile duct mistakenly as opposed to the cystic duct, or cuts any of the organs that are adjacent to the infected area, it can result in many injuries being caused.

Risk involved

Besides the medical malpractice lawsuits that may arise from a gall bladder surgery error, the surgery itself carries several risks, and complications. Some risks are more common and severe that those posed by other traditional open procedures.

A common gall bladder surgery error is the cutting of the bile duct. This happens in at least 1 out of every 200 procedures, resulting in 4,000 patients being injured every year. When the common bile duct is nicked or cut, it may result in the bile getting backed up into the bloodstream. This might cause leakage into the abdominal cavity or also lead to jaundice.

It might take corrective surgery to fix gall bladder errors. But even after corrective surgery, a patient might suffer digestive problems, or permanent pain. This might be a cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit wherein pain and suffering has been caused to a patient as well as lost wages.

Importance of hiring a medical malpractice lawyer

The main cause of gall bladder injuries is inexperienced surgeons. According to a research conducted by the National Institutes of Health, gall bladder surgery errors are more likely to occur when a surgeon has performed less than 25 procedures. A qualified medical malpractice lawyer can help you receive the financial compensation that you deserve.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Learn About Medical Malpractice Cases in NYC

Watch all videos »

Listen to our clients

Watch all videos »

Case of the month

$7,750,000 Recovery Due to Negligent Care in NYC Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Our client, a 5-year-old patient, receives almost $8 million in compensation from an NYC hospital in a medical malpractice claim won by Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolf. Representing the injured child with his team of legal and medical experts, Daniel Minc said, "It was great day for the family."

The case involved negligent care on the part of the hospital pediatric intensive care unit for failing to observe bleeding from a simple biopsy wound which caused neurological damage.

Medical Malpractice Blog

$25 million verdict against New York Methodist Hospital
When a child is born, parents expect the doctor, nurses and other staff to provide care that is up to the...
Read This Malpractice Post

Experienced & Trusted medical malpractice lawyers

  • Top Lawyers 2016
  • Litigator Awards
  • Verdicts and Settlement Hall of Fame
  • BBB Accredited Business | A+
  • Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Medical Malpractice
  • Rated By Super Lawyers | Daniel C. Minc | 5 years
Call 1-866-516-5887 or email us to set up your free, confidential consultation. Our experience can make a difference for you.

Office Locations - Call today to schedule a consultation 1-866-516-5887

16 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11241

Brooklyn Law Office

3101 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

Astoria Law Office

8900 Sutphin Blvd
Suite 501
Queens, NY 11435

Queens Law Office

9201 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Brooklyn Law Office

Firm News

Robert H. Wolff Named President
Firm Attorney, Robert H. Wolff is now the president of the New York City Bronx County Bar Association
About This Attorney

Back to Top