Bile Duct Injuries

The Medical Negligence department at Gregory Abrams Davidson have dealt with a number of successful claims relating to bile duct injuries.


According to NHS data, gall bladder removal is one of the most common operations performed. A frequently used method for removing a gall bladder involves a keyhole procedure known as a laparoscopic cholecystectomy.

Damage to the bile duct can occur not only during gall bladder surgery, such as removal of gallstones but also during other surgery to the abdomen or liver.

Whilst the majority of gall bladder operations are free from any complications, occasionally, damage can be caused to the bile duct as a result of a cut, burn or pinch.

Bile duct injuries can lead to symptoms that can be extremely painful or even fatal if not properly treated.

Although injury to the bile duct is a recognised risk of certain surgery, this in itself is not a defence as it can be caused as a result of negligently performed surgery.

The Medical Negligence team at Gregory Abrams Davidson have successfully brought claims involving bile duct injuries as a result of:

  • A surgical error in identifying the bile duct
  • The use of excessive traction
  • A failure to recognise injury to the bile duct during the operation resulting in delayed surgical repair

Damage to the bile duct during surgery can cause complications including:

  • Haemorrhage
  • Infection
  • Bile leakage
  • Injury to the intestine, bowel and blood vessels
  • Long term damage to the liver

If you or a family member or friend would like free advice on a potential bile duct injury, please contact us on 0151 733 3353 / 0208 209 0166. Alternatively, you can e-mail us at or fill out our online contact form and we will contact you directly.

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