Bile Duct Malpractice

Baltimore Lawyers for Victims of Medical Negligence

Bile duct injuries can lead to serious long-term harm. If you have been the victim of a bile duct injury arising from a surgical or other medical mistake, we can advocate you for you throughout the legal process as you pursue compensation. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys provide each and every client with diligent representation. We understand how a medical injury can interfere with virtually every aspect of your life, which is why we are committed to providing compassionate and competent advocacy every at every stage of your case.

What is a Bile Duct?

Removal of the gallbladder or laparoscopic cholecystectomy is one of the most frequent surgeries performed in the country. Mistakes during gallbladder removal surgeries can result in serious, even fatal injuries. The bile duct is a little tube attached to the gallbladder; an organ situated under the liver that houses and releases bile. Bile is a matter created by the liver that is essential for the proper absorption of nutrients from the intestine. The bile duct helps carry bile from the gallbladder and liver to the pancreas and small intestine. In the event that the bile duct is sliced, torn or pinched in gallbladder surgery, bile can seep into the bloodstream and abdomen leading to infection, peritonitis, liver failure and even death. Examples of symptoms that may appear when a patient has a bile duct injury include:

  • Fever;
  • Failing to recover in a timely manner from gallbladder surgery;
  • Chills;
  • Nausea;
  • Jaundice;
  • Abdominal pain.
Suing for Bile Duct Malpractice

In many cases, a cut or clipped bile duct is a serious form of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice takes place when a medical professional causes injury by deviating from the appropriate standard of care. The standard of care is the type of care that a reasonably skilled medical professional would have provided under the same circumstances. For instance, if a doctor’s failure to perform the appropriate diagnostic tests led to the bile duct injury, that doctor would be liable for the resulting injury if a reasonably skilled doctor in the same situation would have ordered those tests. In other words, the plaintiff has to show the doctor’s actions or inactions deviated from the appropriate standard of care and that the deviation was a direct cause of injury.

Burden of Proof in Medical Malpractice Cases

In every medical malpractice case, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff to establish every element of malpractice by a preponderance of the evidence. This standard requires the plaintiff to present evidence that is sufficient to make a contested fact more likely true than not. In other words, the plaintiff has to show that his or her version of events is more true than not true in order to win the case, and a skilled malpractice lawyer can help.

Damages for a Bile Duct Injury Caused by Malpractice

An injury caused by bile duct malpractice can have serious consequences for the patient’s health. In cases where bile duct injuries were the result of medical malpractice, victims may be able to recover damages. Dealing with a bile duct injury can be both time-consuming and expensive. In fact, even if a patient gets the injury treated quickly, the intense pain associated with a bile duct injury can cause the patient to spend a lot more time in the hospital than her or she initially expected. We can meticulously analyze the facts of your case and develop an appropriate damages amount. We typically pursue compensation for things like medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, disability and more.

Contact a Seasoned Medical Malpractice Attorney in Baltimore

People who have suffered due to bile duct malpractice deserve to know what happened and what they can do about it. If you have suffered such an injury in or near Baltimore, you need to consult a seasoned medical malpractice lawyer without the delay. At Arfaa Law Group, we will vigorously advocate for your rights to help you pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve for your harm. With years of experience, we understand how to navigate even the most complex malpractice cases. For more information, please call us today at 410-889-1850 or contact us online.