- Solicitors For Business
- Solicitors For You
- About Us
- News & Events
Gallstone Compensation Claims
If you have suffered as a result of gallstones being misdiagnosed or inadequately treated, or complications have arisen following surgery, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
The renowned solicitors at JMW are here to give you the best possible chance of recovering the maximum amount of compensation. We are accredited by numerous prestigious industry bodies, which have identified the team and head of department Eddie Jones as leaders in their field.
Gallstones are hard pieces of stone-like material, made up of different substances including cholesterol, chalk and bile pigment.
They are produced in the gallbladder, a small sac lying on the underside of the liver that stores a liquid called bile (also known as gall).
Gallstones are believed to form as a result of excess cholesterol in bile forming into stones.
Most people with gallstones don’t experience any symptoms and don’t require any treatment. However, when complications occur and the condition is misdiagnosed or not appropriately treated - usually after surgery - or there has been a delay in diagnosis, the patient could be entitled to claim compensation.
Around one in ten adults in the UK has gallstones. They are typically more common among those who are:
- Overweight or obese
- 40 or over
- Female, particularly if you've had children
Although most people with gallstones don’t have any symptoms at all, complications that are often extremely painful can occur. They include:
- Inflammation of the gallbladder (cholecystitis)
- A stone passing from the gallbladder to the intestine
- Infection of the bile ducts (acute cholangitis)
- Acute pancreatitis
- Gallstone ileus
Gallstones are often diagnosed by chance and only need treatment if they cause trouble. They will show up on an X-ray and on ultrasound scanning.
There are different methods of treating gallstones, should they require it. Some stones can be dissolved with drugs. The use of ultrasound waves to shatter the stones into tiny fragments is another method, enabling them to pass safely into the faeces. If these methods fail or are not suitable for a particular patient then surgical removal of the gallbladder is indicated.
This can be done through keyhole or open surgery, the former being the method of choice as it is less invasive. This procedure is not without complications, however, and injury to the bile duct and the cystic duct can occur. On the whole these injuries are not regarded as negligent if diagnosed quickly.
However, ongoing pain and an increased temperature should alert medical staff to the possibility of a biliary leak that may have been the result of an injury during the procedure. This should be investigated immediately as it can lead to biliary peritonitis or sepsis, which could be fatal. Most successful litigation occurs in the post-operative period where failure to diagnose a complication occurs and further surgery and treatment is necessary.
Our team of expert solicitors will put you in the best possible position to win your claim and help you recover any costs incurred as a result of your suffering and improve your quality of life.
Led by renowned solicitor Eddie Jones, the team includes members of the Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) solicitors' panel, as well as the prestigious Law Society specialist panel for clinical negligence. This means you can rest assured we have the experience and expertise to help you with your claim.