New York, NY (PRWEB) April 03, 2013
As da Vinci robot lawsuits involving the da Vinci Surgical System continue to mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new study is raising more questions about possible complications associated with robotic surgery procedures. The study, which appeared online in the Journal of Urology on March 4th, found that one in 15 people who undergo robot –assisted prostate, kidney or bladder surgery develops a nerve injury as a result of their positioning on the operating room table, including weakness, numbness or immobility in the hands or feet. While more than half of the injuries resolved within a month, several lasted more than six months, according to the study.*
“We continue to hear from individuals who allegedly suffered serious da Vinci surgery complications in robotic surgery procedures. This study serves as an additional reminder 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 robotic surgery 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 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, Bloomberg.com said.**
According to the same Bloomberg, report, a number of da Vinci surgical robot 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 who suffered serious complications in surgeries where the technology was used. 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.)
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 (877) 779-1414.
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Felecia L. Stern, Esq.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP