Gadsby Wicks Wins Case for Client Injured During Gallbladder Surgery

Specialist medical negligence firm Gadsby Wicks helped their client achieve a successful outcome after mistakes during her gallbladder surgery caused an injury to her bile duct.

Corrina Mottram, a highly experienced medical negligence solicitor and Partner at Gadsby Wicks, led this case to its conclusion.

The case

Mrs B (anonymised to protect her and her family’s privacy) was admitted to a private hospital for the surgical removal of her gallbladder, although the procedure was performed under an NHS contract.

During the operation, the surgeon responsible for Mrs B’s cholecystectomy accidentally cut across the common bile duct, mistaking it for the cystic duct. Her surgery was immediately stopped after this error was discovered in the operating theatre.

To carry out the necessary repairs and complete Mrs B’s procedure, she was quickly transferred by ambulance to another hospital and underwent follow-up surgery the next day.

The claim

Gadsby Wicks pursued this claim on the basis that the surgeon’s mistakes amounted to inadequate surgical technique.

If Mrs B’s operation had been performed competently, she would not have required follow-up open surgery, leading to a faster recovery time. The damage done to her bile duct has also left her at an increased risk of biliary stricture and small bowel obstruction, meaning she now must have regular liver function tests for the rest of her life.

The result

The Defendants quickly admitted both breach of duty and causation, allowing the claim to settle before proceedings were issued.

Corrina Mottram, the solicitor who oversaw this case, added, “When our client went under for their operation, they trusted that their surgeon would treat them with the utmost care. Instead, they awoke having suffered an injury that never should have happened, affecting them physically, emotionally and financially.”

“While nothing can undo what happened, I’m delighted to have helped her get the justice she was owed and the compensation for her pain, suffering and loss of earnings. We’re confident this settlement has provided her with much-needed closure, and will provide her with long-term financial security.”

This is one of numerous surgical error claims Gadsby Wicks represents every year, achieving exceptional outcomes for people injured in these circumstances, no matter the complexity of their case.

About Gadsby Wicks

Every year, Gadsby Wicks helps people claim millions in compensation for surgical complications, birth injuries and more. They have been dedicated to medical negligence since 1993, and are the only specialists in this area of law throughout Essex & East Anglia.

With an extensive level of legal and medical understanding throughout their team of experienced medical solicitors, Gadsby Wicks is regarded as one of the top firms in their field, working tirelessly to support their clients in the most difficult and complex of circumstances.

Beginning with an initial exploratory consultation, the solicitors investigate all available evidence and consult impartial medical experts to build a case. From here, negotiations take place to reach a fair settlement, with 96% of their cases settling out of court.

Gadsby Wicks is also the first firm in England to have two or more lawyers accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and Managing Partner Gillian Gadsby is on the Clinical Negligence Specialist Panel for Action Against Medical Accidents (AvMA).

For more information, visit their website at, or call their team on 01245 494929.

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