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It’s a sad fact that occasionally medical procedures go wrong, often resulting in serious complications for the patient. A bile duct injury is one of them and is often due to operations based around the liver and gall bladder areas. Bile duct injuries require immediate surgical repair and if left untreated can cause significant problems and even death.

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Ruth Powell


Ruth is a Partner and Head of our Clinical Negligence Department. She has exclusively practised in clinical negligence since qualifying in 1995 and has a wealth of experience in complex and high value clinical negligence claims.

Causes of bile duct injury

Bile duct injuries are usually caused during gall bladder surgery, such as removal of gallstones, or during abdominal surgery, particularly of the liver. During surgery there are numerous causes that could contribute to a bile duct injury, these include:

  • Haemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Bile leakage – which should be prevented by placing clips onto the tube connecting the gallbladder to bile duct
  • Injury to the bile duct
  • Injury to intestine, bowel and blood vessels

Symptoms of bile duct injury

  • Severe pain
  • Unable to pass urine
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling bloated
  • Loss of strength and agility

Making a medical negligence claim for bile duct injury

If you have suffered an injury to your bile duct following a medical procedure you may be entitled to make a no win, no fee claim for compensation. Our top ranked team of medical negligence solicitors can assess your case and inform you about:

  • How strong your case is
  • The likelihood of making a successful claim
  • The amount of compensation you may receive if your claim is successful
  • Pursuing a claim on your behalf

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