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Bile Duct Injuries

Washington D.C. Medical Malpractice Attorneys

The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates provides diligent representation to injured clients. If you have suffered a bile duct injury, we can guide you through the legal process as you seek compensation. Our Washington D.C. medical malpractice lawyers are also physicians. If you have been injured due to the negligence or reckless actions of a health care provider, we can use our legal and medical experience to help you pursue a financial settlement. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.

What You Need to Know About Bile Duct Injuries

The bile duct is a small tube connected to the gallbladder. It helps transport bile from the gallbladder and liver to the pancreas and small intestine. Sometimes, however, the bile duct may become injured. This often occurs during gallbladder surgery to remove gallstones or to remove the gallbladder entirely.

Bile ducts may become injured if they are:

  • Cut or torn
  • Burned
  • Pinched

The most common type of gallbladder surgery is called laparoscopic cholecystectomy. During this surgery, the physician inserts a small light and camera into an incision, and uses the real-time feedback to guide his or her movements to perform the surgery. If there is excessive bleeding, scarring, or swelling, it may be difficult to see where the bile duct is. Thus, physicians should exercise a high level of care when performing gallbladder surgery to avoid cutting or pinching the bile duct.

If a bile duct is injured, it can cause leakage of bile into the bloodstream and abdomen. Furthermore, even if the bile duct is not cut or torn, it may become blocked by scar tissue after a surgery. This is known as bile duct stricture, and it can also cause the bile to become backed up in the liver and spill into the bloodstream. While it is estimated that only about 1% of gallbladder surgeries result in bile duct injuries, the resulting pain and suffering can be severe.

Symptoms of bile duct injuries include:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Fever and chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Swelling of the abdomen

Treatment of bile duct injuries seeks to stop the leakage, blockage, or infection caused by the injury. Reconstructive surgery to repair the injured bile duct is often needed, and may require the attention of a specialist if the injury is complex. While the recovery process for small bile duct injuries can be fairly quick, some bile duct injuries may take months to heal.

Diagnosis of Bile Duct Injuries

Bile duct injuries can often be found by the physician during the gallbladder surgery. However, after a surgery, an intraoperative cholangiography (IOC) may be used to make sure the bile duct is intact and properly functioning. An IOC is an x-ray device that tracks the flow of a certain dye through the bile duct to identify any areas of leakage or blockage.

Physician Negligence & Bile Duct Injuries

If a doctor makes reckless incisions or does not exercise adequate caution during gallbladder surgery, and causes a bile duct injury, the patient may pursue compensation. Furthermore, if a physician fails to properly diagnose the injury or does not provide necessary treatment to repair the bile duct, he or she may be held liable.

Doctors owe a duty of care to patients. This means they must provide safe, effective, and reasonable treatment options for each situation. At our firm, we have represented many clients against negligent or careless physicians. Our Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys can gather evidence such as witness statements, medical reports, and other documentation to build your case and help you pursue compensation.

Compassionate Legal Assistance to Bile Duct Injury Victims

If you have suffered a bile duct injury due to your doctor’s negligence or carelessness, The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates can help. Our firm has guided numerous clients to successful legal solutions in medical malpractice cases. We know you are going through a stressful and emotional situation. That is why our Washington D.C. medical malpractice lawyers can work hard to handle the complicated legal issues of your case so you can focus on healing.

Call our office today at (202) 684-2889 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney. We can tenaciously uphold your right to compensation for a bile duct injury.

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