New York, New York (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
As da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits continue to mount, yet another state medical board is set to discuss potential complications associated with robotic surgery, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes. According to a report from the New Hampshire Union Leader, the New Hampshire Board of Medicine is expected to take up the matter next week, following a reported increase in complaints related to robotic surgery. The most popular type of robotic technology, the da Vinci Surgical System, is currently used in nine New Hampshire hospitals, the Union Leader said.*
“We continue to hear from individuals who allegedly suffered serious da Vinci surgery complications in robotic surgery procedures. We agree with the contention that robot-assisted procedures 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 surgical robot lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were allegedly injured during minimally-invasive procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical System.
Da Vinci Surgery Complications
According to a recent report from Bloomberg.com, the da Vinci robot has been on the market since 2000, and was used last year in some 500,000 procedures, including hysterectomies, gall bladder removal, prostate removal, heart surgeries, and thyroid procedures. In January, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) sent a survey to hospitals participating in an agency-run product safety network asking doctors to provide information about da Vinci surgery complications. The FDA is trying to determine if a spike in adverse event reports involving the da Vinci Surgical System is indicative of a problem with the technology.**
An official with the New Hampshire Board of Medicine told the Union Leader that the Board had decided to look into robotic surgery after Massachusetts health officials issued an advisory last month regarding an increase in complication reports related to such procedures. The New Hampshire Board has not received any complaints related to robotic surgery, according to the Union Leader.
According to Bloomberg.com, a number of bad robot surgery lawsuits alleging injuries to internal organs, including the liver, rectum and spleen, as well as one involving a punctured heart valve, have been filed in recent months on behalf of individuals injured in procedures involving the da Vinci robot.* On February 19th, Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci robot, filed a petition with the U .S. District Court, Northern District of California seeking coordination of 11 state and federal da Vinci robot lawsuits before a single judge. (Cook v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., No. 12-6363 (N.D. Calif.)) According to a notice entered by Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles III of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana on March 14th, the company has agreed to settle one claim filed by a woman who allegedly suffered da Vinci surgery complications during a thyroid procedure. (Silvestrini v. Intuitive Surgical Systems Inc., No. 11-2704 (E.D. La.) Later that month, a Judge in Washington state refused Intuitive Surgical’s motion to dismiss a da Vinci robot lawsuit that involved the alleged wrongful death of a patient following da Vinci surgery complications. Court documents indicate that trial is expected to begin on April 15th. (Estate of Fred E. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, 09-2-03136-5, Superior Court, State of Washington, Kitsap County)
Victims of alleged da Vinci surgical complications may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A wealth of information regarding da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please call (877) 779-1414.
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