Da Vinci Surgery Robot Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Study Investigating Robot-Assisted Kidney Removal

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The Firm is Investigating da Vinci surgery robot lawsuits on behalf of alleged victims of bad robotic surgery associated with the Intuitive Surgical System.

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While the study noted that patients undergoing robotic partial nephrectomies generally did well, its findings regarding excessive hospital charges are a reminder that the risks, benefits and costs associated with robot surgery need further evaluation.

As da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuit claims mount in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new study has reported that the rate of robot-assisted partial nephrectomy (kidney removal) procedures has increased more than 45 percent since 2010. While the research, which was presented on May 7th at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association, found that patients undergoing robot-assisted surgery generally did well, the study also reported more "excessive" hospital charges associated with the robotic procedure.*

“We continue to hear from da Vinci surgery patients who have allegedly suffered serious complications due to bad robotic surgery. While the study noted that patients undergoing robotic partial nephrectomies generally did well, its findings regarding excessive hospital charges are a reminder that the risks, benefits and costs associated with robot surgery need further evaluation,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently evaluating da Vinci surgery robot lawsuits on behalf of alleged victims of bad robotic surgery.

Da Vinci Surgery Robot Lawsuits
According to court documents, the da Vinci Surgical System has been named in a growing number of bad robotic surgery lawsuits. In an Apri 19th regulatory filing, Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacture of the robot, disclosed it had been served with at least 26 such claims, all of which allege injuries due to defects in the da Vinci robot, and/or inadequate training of surgeons. The nation’s first trial of a Vinci surgery robot lawsuit concluded last month in Washington State Court, with a victory for Intuitive Surgical. However, Bloomberg.com reported on May 23rd that an attorney representing the plaintiffs predicted numerous more filings, and maintained that that many of those claims would have more favorable outcomes for alleged victims of bad robotic surgery.** (Estate of Fred E. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, 09-2-03136-5, Superior Court, State of Washington, Kitsap County)

While the study presented last month at the American Association of Urology meeting reported good outcomes in robotic surgery patients, an increase in adverse event reports related to the da Vinci robot has caught the attention of federal health regulators. According to a Bloomberg.com report published on February 28th, the da Vinci robot has been associated with 70 deaths in adverse event reports made to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) since 2009. Reports of bad robotic surgery complications have also increased, jumping to at least 115 in 2012 from 24 in 2009. In January the agency began to survey doctors who use the machine in order to help it determine if the increase is due to a problem with the da Vinci technology.***

In the past, other studies have raised questions about the costs and benefits of robotic surgery. For example, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in February reported that the costs for a da Vinci hysterectomy was more expensive compared to other methods, with little difference in complication rates.*****

Alleged victims of bad robotic surgery associated with the da Vinci robot may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A wealth of information regarding da Vinci surgery robot lawsuits is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please call 800-511-5092.

*http://www.news-medical.net/news/20130508/Robotic-partial-nephrectomy-involves-excessive-hospital-charges.aspx; news-medical.net, May 8, 2013
**sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1035267/000119312513162385/d508282d10q.htm; Intuitive Surgical SEC Filing, April 19, 2013
***bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-23/intuitive-wins-trial-defeats-negligent-training-claims.html; Bloomberg.com, May 23, 2013
****bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-28/intuitive-surgical-robots-probed-by-u-s-in-survey-of-surgeons.html; Bloomberg.co, February 28, 2013
*****jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1653522; JAMA, February 20, 2013

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