New York Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Malpractice Attorneys
Representing Patients Injured by Medical Negligence During Gallbladder Surgery
Surgery for gallbladder disease is the most common surgical procedure performed in the United States. More than 95% of these surgeries are done using a minimally invasive technique called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or LapCholy for short. This surgery is done with small instruments and a camera. In the majority of cases, this procedure goes smoothly and patients experience few if any complications. However, when medical professionals are negligent, and innocent patients are injured as a result, the effects can be catastrophic.
When performed by inexperienced or careless surgeons who have difficulty with this technique, LapCholy can result in the erroneous cutting and damaging of the common bile duct or hepatic ducts. This can then lead to bile leaks, infection, bile peritonitis, abscess, and even death.
If you or a loved one suffered complications after laparoscopic cholecystectomy and you believe medical negligence may have played a role in your injuries or the death of your loved one, reach out to Simonson Goodman Platzer PC today to request a free consultation with our New York LapCholy malpractice lawyers. We have successfully recovered compensation in excess of $200 million for our clients. We are ready to fight for you.
How to Identify Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Malpractice
After surgery, it can be difficult to determine whether complications are the result of medical malpractice. Not all poor outcomes are indicative of negligence. However, that being said, there are some signs that indicate you have not received an acceptable standard of care, meaning you could have grounds for a case.
Some common signs of medical negligence following a laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure include:
- Your doctor failed to immediately respond to your complaints after surgery
- You had leaking that resulted in infection
- You required additional or corrective surgery following the initial procedure
- You needed to have your common bile duct dilated after surgery
- You experienced excessive pain after surgery
- Your doctor did not monitor your post-operative recovery
It is also crucial that the surgeon take the time to educate the patient and family on symptoms that could indicate a bile leak. When health care providers fail to take the patient’s complaints seriously and act quickly, this is a prime example of malpractice.
What to Do If Your Doctor Is Not Listening to Your Complaints
We advise patients to never hesitate to return to the emergency room if the surgeon is not taking your complaints seriously or if you can’t get in touch with your doctor at all. Time is of the essence; immediate medical attention is needed to avoid irreversible bile peritonitis and infections which could potentially lead to organ failure and possibly death. The presence of a leak can often be confirmed by common x-ray imaging studies.
Additionally, if your laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery has taken a turn for the worse and has compromised your health, you should contact a New York laparoscopic cholecystectomy malpractice attorney at Simonson Goodman Platzer PC. One of our partners, Attorney Paul Simonson, is one of the country’s leading authorities on the subject of laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery malpractice. He has been representing victims of laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery since the procedure was first introduced. Paul has consistently been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” and selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers® list in the field of medical malpractice.