Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Intuitive Surgical Motion Seeking Coordination of 11 Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits in California Federal Court

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The Firm is investigating da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits on behalf of individuals who suffered organ perforations, lacerations, blood vessel tears, surgical burns and other alleged da Vinci surgery complications.

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We have heard from numerous individuals who have allegedly suffered serious da Vinci surgery complications, and expect the litigation surrounding the da Vinci Surgical System could be large.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that court documents indicate Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical System, has asked a federal judge in California to coordinate 11 state and federal da Vinci robot lawsuits, all of which allege personal injuries caused by the robotic surgery system. According to the company’s petition dated February 19th, four da Vinci robot lawsuits are already being coordinated before one judge in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Intuitive asserts that each of the additional claims listed in its petition “involves all or a material part of the subject matter” of those actions, and maintains inclusion of the 11 lawsuits in the same coordinated proceeding would avoid conflicting rulings and conserve the resources of the court. (Cook v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., No. 12-6363 (N.D. Calif.))

“We have heard from numerous individuals who have allegedly suffered serious da Vinci surgery complications, and expect the litigation surrounding the da Vinci Surgical System could be large. A coordinated proceeding would allow these cases to proceed efficiently through the court,” 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 Lawsuits
The da Vinci Surgery System has been on the market since 2000, and is used in a wide range of laparoscopic surgeries, including hysterectomies, gall bladder removal, prostate removal, heart surgeries, and thyroid procedures. According to a report published by Bloomberg.com earlier this month, the da Vinci robot was associated with 70 deaths in informal incident reports sent to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) since 2009. Reports to the FDA of possible da Vinci surgery complications have also increased, jumping to at least 115 in 2012 from 24 in 2009, Bloomberg said. In January, the FDA launched a survey of hospitals that asked doctors who had used the technology to list any da Vinci surgery complications they may have seen, in order to determine if the rise in adverse event reports was indicative of a problem with the technology.*

Bernstein Liebhard LLP further notes that court documents indicate that Intuitive Surgical has already reached an agreement to settle at least one da Vinci robot lawsuit. According to a notice entered by Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on March 14th, the Plaintiff in that claim was allegedly injured when the da Vinci robot malfunctioned during a thyroid procedure. Among other things, her da Vinci surgical robot lawsuit accused Intuitive Surgical of failing to adequately maintain the device, and failing to train hospital personnel on the use of and/or the troubleshooting of the device. (Silvestrini v. Intuitive Surgical Systems Inc., No. 11-2704 (E.D. La.)

Patients who allegedly suffered da Vinci surgery complications in robotic surgery procedures 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.

*bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-28/intuitive-surgical-robots-probed-by-u-s-in-survey-of-surgeons.html

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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.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP
info(at)consumerinjurylawyers(dot)com
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