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Da Vinci Surgery Robot Lawsuit


More and more patients are opting to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit after allegedly suffering serious complications, including surgical burns and damage to organs and blood vessels, during a hysterectomy, prostatectomy, or other surgery where the robot was used. Among other things, da Vinci surgery robot lawsuit claimants accuse Intuitive Surgical of failing to disclose accurately the risks associated with use of the technology.

If you or a loved one were injured during a da Vinci procedure, you may be entitled to file a robotic surgery lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating these complaints, and want to hear from anyone who suffered life-threatening complications associated with bad robot surgery. Please contact our attorneys today to learn more about your legal rights, as well the process for filing your own da Vinci surgical robot lawsuit.

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Allegations

The Da Vinci Surgical System was brought to market in 2000 by Intuitive Surgical. The robot utilizes four remote-controlled arms and a sophisticated camera to allow surgeons to operate through small incisions with greater precision and visibility. According to Intuitive, da Vinci robot procedures offer patients smaller incisions, less blood loss, and quicker recoveries. Plaintiffs who have filed a da Vinci surgical robot lawsuit allege that Intuitive has induced hospitals to buy the expensive technology by promising their market share would increase if they offer patients robotic surgery procedures.

da Vinci robot lawsuitSince its launch, the da Vinci robot has been installed in over 2,000 hospitals. The device is used in a growing number of procedures including:

  • Hysterectomies (removal of the uterus)
  • Prostatectomies (prostate removal)
  • Gastric bypasses
  • Gall bladder removals
  • Thyroid cancer surgeries

Da Vinci surgical robot lawsuit plaintiffs allege the device has caused horrific injuries, including surgical burns, torn blood vessels and perforated organs. Some patients have required additional surgeries to correct damage done by the robot, while others have died as a result of da Vinci complications, according to recent robotic surgery lawsuit filings. Plaintiffs also allege that these injuries are complicated by the fact that problems generally aren’t apparent until after surgery, resulting in delayed treatment.

Da Vinci Settlement Announced

In March 2013, a da Vinci settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Louisiana woman who allegedly suffered serious da Vinci robot complications in a thyroid procedure. The case, which was originally filed in the District Court for the Parish of Orleans, was removed to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana by Intuitive Surgical in October 2011. The Plaintiff claimed that she suffered injuries when the da Vinci Surgical System malfunctioned, and her doctor was forced to switch to an open procedure that left her with a long scar in her neck. The da Vinci robot lawsuit accused Intuitive of failing to properly maintain the device, and failing to train hospital personnel on use or troubleshooting of the robot. According to a notice entered by the Court on March 14, 2013, Intuitive has agreed to settle the case. While, terms of the reported da Vinci settlement have not been released, many of the allegations made in the complaint echo those made in other da Vinci robot lawsuits currently pending in courts throughout the country. (Silvestrini v. Intuitive Surgical Systems Inc., No. 11-2704 (E.D. La.)

Learn More About Filing a Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit

If you or someone you care about suffered a serious injury as a result of a robotic surgery procedure, you may have a case for pursuing your own Da Vinci surgery robot lawsuit. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are offering free, no obligation lawsuit evaluations to alleged victims of this machine. Simply call today to learn if filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit might be right for you.

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