New York, New York (PRWEB) November 15, 2013
As da Vinci robot lawsuit (http://www.davincirobotlawsuitcase.com/) claims continue to mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that rising reports of robotic surgery complications have led to calls for improved robot surgery training protocols. According to a report from Bloomberg.com, this issue came into focus following the release of a survey of doctors conducted by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that indicated training on the da Vinci Surgical System was an issue, due to both the difficulty of mastering the device and a lack of consistent training methods. At least one expert interviewed for the Bloomberg report likened the current state of robotic surgery training to the “wild, wild west,” and maintained that as da Vinci lawsuit filings continue to rise, more hospitals and medical organizations will focus on this issue.*
“Training is a factor that has been cited in many da Vinci robot lawsuits. Our Firm is pleased to see that this issue is getting the attention it urgently needs,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal reviews of potential da Vinci lawsuits to individuals who allegedly suffered serious robotic surgery complications in procedures where the da Vinci Surgical System was used.
Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits
According to the Bloomberg.com report, Intuitive Surgical Inc., is currently named in some 50 da Vinci lawsuits filed on behalf of people who were allegedly injured by the da Vinci Surgical System. In a regulatory filing issued last month, Intuitive acknowledged that at least some of those claims allege that inadequate training on the part of the company led to patient injuries.**
An FDA survey of physicians who used the da Vinci robot that was released on November 8th also found that training was a concern among the 11 doctors who responded. According to Bloomberg.com, their responses suggested that surgeons need time to learn how to use the da Vinci’s foot pedals and perform operations. Two of the respondents asserted that patient safety was “directly related to the surgeon’s training experience.”
Bloomberg.com also reported that FDA adverse event reports associated with the da Vinci Surgical System more than doubled this year. Through November 3rd, the agency received 3,697 reports of robotic surgery complications involving the da Vinci. For the entire year of 2012, it received just fewer than 1,600 such reports. Those reports included injuries and deaths linked to da Vinci operations, as well as malfunctions where no injury occurred, Bloomberg said.
Robotic surgery patients who sustained serious injuries allegedly due to the da Vinci robot may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. To learn more about filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website or the Firm’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davincirobotlawsuit. For a free, no-obligation review of your potential da Vinci lawsuit, please call 800-511-5092.
*http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-11/robot-surgery-incidents-may-pressure-hospital-training.html;. Bloomberg.com, November 11, 2013
**sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1035267/000103526713000040/isrg-2013930x10q.htm, Intuitive Surgical, October 18, 2013.
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