The gallbladder is located on the right side of the body, just below the liver. It functions as a storage receptacle for stomach bile, and as such, plays a role in digestion. However, the gallbladder organ is not considered to be an absolute necessity for human function. When the gallbladder fails to function properly, surgery is often recommended to remove this organ.
Unfortunately, gallbladder surgery may be too commonly offered as an option, and the rates of medical malpractice in this area can be considered high. If you have had gallbladder surgery, either to correct or remove the gallbladder, consider the following medical malpractice situations in light of your own. It may benefit you to consult with a personal injury attorney regarding your gallbladder operation. You may be entitled to financial compensation if a court decides that medical malpractice took place with regard to your procedure.
Cutting the Wrong Duct
One of the most common things that can happen with gallbladder surgery is that the surgeon cuts the wrong duct in order to try to repair the gallbladder. Such an error isn't fatal in itself, but the corrective surgery to fix the error can lead to lifetime suffering for the patient. The patient's digestive system may never operate normally again.
Puncture of the ducts in the gallbladder is another possible cause for medical malpractice with regard to gallbladder surgery. In these cases, the puncture occurs during surgery in error, and the patient experiences severe bile-related discomfort and pain. Relief may or not be possible through further surgery, but the medical malpractice remains an issue.