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Injuries: surgical injury to bile duct, hepatic duct, liver
Plaintiff, a young female, underwent laparoscopic gall bladder removal surgery. During the procedure, the defendant surgeon failed to adequately dissect and identify the key biliary anatomy. As a result, the defendant surgeon transected the plaintiff's common bile duct. In addition, the defendant caused a severe cautery injury to the common hepatic duct and inadvertently removed a small portion of the plaintiff's liver.
As a result of the injuries, plaintiff underwent extensive repair surgery, and she remained hospitalized for approximately one month.
Following discharge, the plaintiff continued to experience difficulty, and additional procedures and testing were required. The plaintiff's liver function tests and general medical condition will require close monitoring for the remainder of her life.
The case was settled during litigation.