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Laparoscopic Injuries

Texas Attorney Helping Victims of Botched Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Surgery

The Law Office of John Millard, P.C. has significant experience handling cases involving injury occurring during laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is commonly performed for gallbladder removal, hernia repair, hysterectomy, and other abdominal surgeries. While performing surgery laparoscopically can reduce pain and recovery time, it can also significantly increase the risk of surgeon-induced (iatrogenic) injury. The laparoscopic surgery cases that we handle include:

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (Gall bladder Removal)
  • Common Bile Duct Injuries
  • Hepatic Duct Injuries
  • Ureter and Kidney Injuries
  • Trocar Injuries
  • Veress Needle Injuries
  • Electrocautery Injuries
  • Bile Peritonitis


Attorney John Millard has significant experience handling cases involving injury to the common bile duct or other biliary structures resulting from laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal). Lap Chole is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States today, and when done properly, it can minimize the patient's post-operative pain and allow the patient to resume normal activities, including returning to work, within a week.

Many times, however, these surgeries are performed by doctors with virtually no special training or experience. Lap Chole injuries typically occur because of the surgeon's failure to positively identify the biliary tree anatomy, resulting in transection of the wrong ductal structures. The "classic" Lap Chole injury occurs when the surgeon mistakenly clips the common duct, believing it to be the cystic duct. The result of this avoidable surgical mistake is a devastating injury with huge costs in terms of both medical expense and human suffering.


Common bile duct and biliary tree injury has been described as a "litany of sorrows" because of the years of suffering and agony caused by this physician-induced (iatrogenic) injury. Many patients with this type of bile duct injury become "biliary cripples", requiring medical monitoring, repeated surgical procedures and even liver transplants.

All too often these injuries go unreported by the surgeon or if reported are attributed to "well-known complications" or "unintended complications" of gall bladder surgery. The truth is that many Lap Chole injuries are the direct result of negligence on the part of the surgeon, often due to an error in the identification of the ductal structures of the biliary tree.

Botched Lap Chole's result in the need for surgical repair, including end to end anastomosis, a reconstructive surgery called Roux-en-Y hepaticojejunostomy , ERCP, and even liver transplant. Many victims of this injury are forced to endure painful and dangerous repeated surgeries. Some Lap Chole injuries even result in the death of the patient.


At the Law Office of John Millard, P.C., our lawyer has developed a winning strategy for bringing these cases to justice. We retain honest, qualified laparoscopic surgeons to assist us in evaluating claims and take only cases with merit and significant injuries.

Our lawyers and staff rely on peer-reviewed medical articles from the leading journals to educate the court and jury about laparoscopic cholecystectomy, cholangiography, and avoidance of bile duct injuries. We have a good working knowledge of current peer-reviewed medical literature regarding common bile duct injuries.

Contact Us

Please call us at (281) 313-6800 or visit our contact page to set up a free initial consultation about a laparoscopic injury or other medical malpractice issue.

Our law firm has helped clients throughout the United States, including many clients near our home town of Sugar Land, Texas, in communities such as Fort Bend County, Richmond, Rosenberg, Houston, Harris County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Montgomery County, and more.