Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Nation’s First Trial Involving Alleged Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Complications

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The Firm is currently investigating da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered serious da Vinci robotic surgery complications, including organ perforations, lacerations, blood vessel tears, and surgical burns.

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We will be monitoring this trial very closely. The da Vinci robotic surgery complications alleged in this lawsuit echo much of what we have heard from our own clients.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that the nation’s first trial of a da Vinci robot lawsuit is set to begin today in Washington state court. According to a report from Bloomberg.com*, the lawsuit alleges Intuitive Surgical failed to provide surgeons with adequate training on the da Vinci Surgical System. The case was filed by the family of a man who died last August, allegedly due to da Vinci surgery complications he suffered as a result of a botched prostatectomy. (Estate of Fred E. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., 09-2-03136-5, Superior Court, State of Washington, Kitsap County)

“We will be monitoring this trial very closely. The da Vinci robotic surgery complications alleged in this lawsuit echo much of what we have heard from our own clients. This case could provide some clues as to how other juries might weigh claims in similar da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits,” 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 robot lawsuit consultations to individuals who allegedly suffered serious complications in hysterectomies, prostate removals and other procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical System.

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Complications
The da Vinci Surgery System has been on the market since 2000, and is used in a wide range of minimally-invasive surgeries, including hysterectomies, gall bladder removal, prostate removal, heart surgeries, and thyroid procedures. Court documents indicate that the patient at the center of the da Vinci robot lawsuit scheduled for trial in Washington died of heart failure last August, allegedly due to serious da Vinci robotic surgery complications that included kidney failure, brain damage, permanent incontinence, and a 1-inch tear in his rectum. Prior to the procedure, the doctor who operated on the deceased had never before used the da Vinci robot unsupervised, according to Bloomberg.com.

Court documents indicate that the case is one of about a dozen da Vinci robot lawsuits currently pending in courts around the country. On February 19th, Intuitive filed a petition with the U .S. District Court, Northern District of California seeking coordination of 11 da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits before a single judge. (Cook v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., No. 12-6363 (N.D. Calif.)) According to a notice entered in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana on March 14th, the company has already agreed to settle one claim filed by a woman who allegedly suffered serious complications during a thyroid procedure. (Silvestrini v. Intuitive Surgical Systems Inc., No. 11-2704 (E.D. La.)

According to an earlier Bloomberg.com report**, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a survey of doctors to determine if an increase in reports of da Vinci surgery complications could be the result of a problem with the technology. According to the report, the da Vinci robot was associated with 70 deaths in informal incident reports sent to the agency since 2009. Reports to the FDA of possible da Vinci robotic surgery complications have also increased, jumping to at least 115 in 2012 from 24 in 2009, Bloomberg said.

Victims of alleged da Vinci surgery complications may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A wealth of information regarding da Vinci robot lawsuits is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.


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