New Jersey Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Malpractice Attorneys
Lawsuits for LapCholy Injuries & Malpractice
If you underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy – also shortened to a LapCholy – to remove your gallbladder, then it should have had a lower risk of complications when compared to other types of cholecystectomies. But complications and side effects can still happen, especially when medical negligence occurs. Simonson Goodman Platzer PC in New Jersey can help you explore your legal options if a surgeon’s mistake during a LapCholy caused you to suffer painful, dangerous, or lasting symptoms. You could be owed significant compensation. Let us fight for it on your behalf.
On This Page
- What is Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy?
- How Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Malpractice Happens
- LapCholy Complications & Injuries
- Talk to Our Attorneys About Starting a Case
- Frequently Asked Questions
Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a specific type of gallbladder removal surgery that uses minimally invasive procedures and can be robotically assisted. Normally, it only uses three or four small incisions, contrasted to the single large incision made in open cholecystectomy. Gallbladder removal becomes medically necessary when the gallbladder becomes infected, damaged, or inflamed and cannot be treated through antibiotics or other less permanent methods.
LapCholy procedures are preferred by medical teams because the minimal incisions reduce the risk of complications. The patient’s healing time should be predictably quicker, too.
The minimally invasive methods of a LapCholy can make it more difficult to notice that malpractice occurred during the procedure. A patient might not notice the first signs that something went wrong until days or weeks later. Also, a poor outcome of the surgery does not necessarily mean that malpractice occurred.
Signs of laparoscopic cholecystectomy malpractice and complications include:
- Doctor ignores your post-operation complaints.
- Severe infection at the operation site.
- Another surgery was needed to correct a mistake.
- Your bile duct required dilation after the surgery.
- You experienced intense post-operation pain.
- You are given insufficient aftercare instructions.
A bile leak is one of the most common complications after laparoscopic cholecystectomy. If you feel discomfort around the surgical site or in your abdomen after the surgery, then you should tell your doctor right away. At that point, they should conduct diagnostic tests to assess your health and determine if there is a bile leak. Failing to do so might worsen your condition, cause new injuries, and constitute medical malpractice.
Other than a bile leak, LapCholy complications can include:
- Internal bleeding
- Abdominal infection
- Damage to adjacent organs
When your physician is not taking your complaints after a LapCholy, you need to explore your other options for medical care. Please go to the emergency room if your symptoms worsen or are severe. Bile leakage in the abdomen can be life-threatening if untreated.
Once you are treated again and in stable condition, you should consider what legal action you can take. If medical negligence caused you to suffer an injury before, during, or after the LapCholy procedure, then we would be honored to help you pursue a claim or lawsuit. You deserve fair compensation and justice that can help you regain confidence in healthcare professionals.
Call (800) 817-5029 to talk to our New Jersey laparoscopic cholecystectomy malpractice attorneys about your case.
How common are laparoscopic cholecystectomy errors?
Complications from a LapCholy happen in roughly 5% of all procedures. Your doctor should warn you of all possible risks and what they will do to mitigate them. If you were not informed of the risks and their rate of occurrence, then it could be grounds for a medical negligence case.
Do I need expert testimony for my laparoscopic cholecystectomy malpractice case?
Yes, most medical malpractice cases require the claimant or plaintiff to prepare expert testimony from a third-party medical practitioner. This testimony will create an unbiased perspective into the situation, so the court can know that the basis of the claim is justified. Our law firm can network with medical experts to create a testimony that benefits your case.
What damages can I get through a laparoscopic cholecystectomy malpractice claim?
The damages owed to you through a LapCholy malpractice claim will depend on how you have been affected by the medical provider’s mistakes. Typically, we can demand compensation for medical costs that you paid, wages you lost, and the pain you have endured, though.