Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Increase in Robotic Surgery Complication Reports to FDA Involving the da Vinci Surgical System

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Bernstein Liebhard LLP Is investigating da Vinci lawsuits on behalf of individuals who suffered surgical burns, torn blood vessels, organ perforations, and other robotic surgery complications, allegedly due to the da Vinci robot.

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It’s not clear why adverse event reports involving the da Vinci have spiked in recent months. Nevertheless, this report is disturbing, especially in light of the growing number of da Vinci lawsuit filings in courts around the country.

As da Vinci robot lawsuits (http://www.davincirobotlawsuithelp.com/) continue to move forward in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new report has raised concerns regarding a recent spike in U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) adverse event reports involving the da Vinci Surgical System. According to MassDevice.com, during the first eight months of 2013, 2,332 reports of robotic surgery complications involving the da Vinci were posted to the FDA’s adverse event database. By contrast, only 4,603 such reports were made to the database for the entire 12-year period starting in 2000, the year the da Vinci Surgical System was launched by Intuitive Surgical Inc. For its part, Intuitive Surgical maintains that the numbers may indicate that robotic surgery complications are being reported more frequently, rather than a rise in actual incidents.*

“It’s not clear why adverse event reports involving the da Vinci have spiked in recent months. Nevertheless, this report is disturbing, especially in light of the growing number of da Vinci lawsuit filings in courts around the country,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free da Vinci surgery lawsuit evaluations to individuals who allegedly suffered serious injuries, including surgical burns, torn blood vessels, and organ perforations, in procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical System.

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits
According to a regulatory filing issued by Intuitive Surgical this past July, the company faces at least 33 da Vinci robot lawsuits that allege the device caused patients to suffer serious, and in some cases deadly, robotic surgery complications. The company also disclosed that it had entered into tolling agreements to stay the statute of limitations in some of the da Vinci lawsuits “in an effort to provide an orderly process for evaluating claims before they result in costly litigation.”*

The disclosure followed news that the FDA had launched a survey of doctors who use the da Vinci, amid concerns about an increase in the number of robotic surgery complication reports involving the device. In June, NBC News reported that the agency had received more than 200 reports of da Vinci patients who suffered burns, cuts and infections since 2007, including 89 that involved patient death.***

In July, Intuitive Surgical also disclosed that it had received an FDA Warning Letter that cited the company for, among other things, failing to properly report certain adverse events and device corrections to the agency.

Victims of serious robotic surgery complications allegedly caused by the da Vinci Surgical System may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other injury-related damages. Learn How to go about filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. To arrange for a free case review, please call 800-511-5092.

*massdevice.com/news/intuitive-surgical-whats-with-all-adverse-event-reports, MassDevice.com, October 3, 2013
**http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1035267/000119312513297410/d551118d10q.htm, Intuitive Surgical, July 22, 2013
***rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/14/18958967-robotic-surgery-is-high-tech-tour-de-force-but-is-it-safe, NBC News June 10, 2013

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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Felecia L. Stern, Esq.
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