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£250,000 awarded for negligence during gallbladder surgery

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    A client, represented by Tracy Norris-Evans, Partner in the Clinical Negligence Team, received compensation of £250,000 after suffering a major bile duct injury due to negligence during gallbladder surgery. This is classified as a Strasberg E1 injury with a Bismuth …

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A client, represented by Tracy Norris-Evans, Partner in the Clinical Negligence Team, received compensation of £250,000 after suffering a major bile duct injury due to negligence during gallbladder surgery. This is classified as a Strasberg E1 injury with a Bismuth type 1 stricture. As a result of the negligent gallbladder surgery our client has been left with a 15 cm long upper abdominal scar and requires lifelong monitoring for possible complications which could lead to her requiring further surgery. She suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. She now requires long-term surgical follow up with repeated blood testing and ultrasound scanning to monitor the development of the bile duct stricture. She has a long-term risk of developing a stricture of her main biliary tree which may require endoscopic dilation by ERCP or a percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC) and if these techniques fail, major biliary reconstruction.

She also has a lifetime risk of developing an incisional hernia in the order of approximately 5%. She is also at risk of developing complications from adhesions such as small bowel obstruction of approximately 5%, with a 2% risk that abdominal surgery will be needed for the adhesions. She received compensation of £250,000 for her pain and suffering and financial losses, including loss of earnings.

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