Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Claims Serious Injuries After Surgery
The da Vinci Surgical System is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., and is designed to provide patients with several benefits over traditional surgery methods including less pain, reduced blood loss, smaller incisions and quicker recovery times using minimally-invasive methods. The da Vinci Surgical System features a patient-side cart that comes equipped with multiple robotic arms and proprietary EndoWrist instruments as well as a high-performance vision system and an ergonomic surgeon console.
However, and despite the intended benefits of the da Vinci robot, plaintiffs and those working with attorneys throughout the U.S. allege that the device may unintentionally burn or cauterize otherwise healthy organs and tissues. Additionally, several patients have suffered from injuries after the surgeons were unable to control the device’s robotic arms.
If you have been injured and you would like more information about filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit in California, contact Attorney Group for California today. We want to assist patients who have may have sustained serious and life-threatening complications caused by the da Vinci Surgical System to learn more about their legal rights.
During a da Vinci Procedure
When using the da Vinci system, a surgeon places robotic arms into the patient via small incisions. He or she is then able to manipulate the robotic arms using the console’s joystick-like controls. According to the device’s manufacturer, the technology converts the hand movements of the surgeon into accurate and responsive micro-movements of the robotic instruments inside the patient.
According to reports, the da Vinci Surgical System is used in 1,371 facilities in the U.S. and in a total of more than 2,000 hospitals worldwide. Intuitive estimates that in 2012 alone, more than 450,000 procedures were done using the device. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the da Vinci Surgical System in 2000, and the robot is the only device approved for use in the U.S. for gynecological procedures, soft-tissue surgeries and prostate removal.
Plaintiffs Allege the da Vinci Robot is Defective
Plaintiffs across the U.S. are filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit, claiming that they suffered from complications either during or following a procedure in which the robot was used. If you suffered from excessive bleeding, bowel injuries or cut ureters, or lost a loved one as a result of complications, you may be eligible to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit in California and recover damages for your injuries or loss.
Other claims arising from the use of the da Vinci Surgical System involve inadvertently cuts, burns or cauterized tissues in the nearby areas as the electric current within the robotic arm may pass from the unit to outside the operative area. Other injuries have allegedly occurred to patients’ ureters, bowel, vaginal cuff, arteries, bladder and blood vessels.
Attorneys can assist those interested in filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit seek compensation from the manufacturer. According to plaintiffs, Intuitive allegedly withheld valuable safety information and misled the public in an attempt to boost the value of its stock, which as a result did not accurately reflect the company nor the product.
According to reports, since January 2012 more than 500 adverse events have been submitted to the FDA invovling a procedure using the da Vinci Surgical System. However, since the unit costs nearly $2 million, plaintiffs are alleging that hospitals and the manufacturer underreported the risks associated with use of the robot. If you have been injured in California and you feel as though you were not fully infored about the possible risks of the da Vinci robot and you suffered from an injury, you may be eligible to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
Want to Learn More about Filing a da Vinci Robot Lawsuit in California?
If you or someone you love suffered from excessive bleeding, burns or other complications following a procedure with the da Vinci Surgical System in California, Attorney Group for California can help. We can answer your questions and connect you with an affiliated attorney who can help you to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit. Contact us today to receive your free, no-obligation consultation.