Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit
Da Vinci Robot lawsuis are on the rise. The Da Vinci Surgical Robot manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used in several laparoscopic surgeries, including hysterectomy and prostatectomy procedures. As use of this device increases in hospitals across the U.S., more people are suffering Da Vinci Robot complications and injuries caused by the Da Vinci surgical robot, therefore resulting in Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits.
The law firm of Wright & Schulte is investigating cases in which people have experienced complications and injuries that may be eligible to file a Da Vinci robot lawsuit.
Since it was first introduced in U.S., more than 1,300 hospitals have purchased a Da Vinci Surgical Robot and begun using it rather than a traditional surgery. The Da Vinci Surgical Robot is used more often to perform hysterectomy and prostatectomy surgeries. In a robot-assisted surgery, the human surgeon is typically seated at a joystick device and maneuvers robotic arms to manipulate surgical equipment. Each Da Vinci Surgical Robot costs about $1.5 million.
The uses of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot have widened since it was first introduced and as its use goes up, so do reports of injuries caused by the robotic surgeon device. This has led many who suffered these injuries to file surgical robot lawsuits.
Among the injuries reportedly linked to the Da Vinci Surgical Robot:
- Surgical Burns
- Organ Burns
- Tears, Burns of the Intestines
- Punctured Blood Vessels
- Punctured, Cut Ureters
- Severe Bowel Injuries
- Vaginal Cuff Dehiscence
- Excessive Bleeding
FDA Probes Da Vinci Surgical Robot Death Reports, Hospitals Reconsider Use
Bloomberg News recently reported that the FDA is investigating an increase in adverse event reports to its MAUDE database. Among those reports are as many as 70 deaths that may be attributed to use of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot.
Earlier this year, health officials in Massachusetts issued a public warning to prospective robotic surgery patients. The Massachusetts Board of Registration said that it also received an increasing number of injuries linked to use of surgical robots. The authority said that patients should be thoroughly warned of the risks associated with using a device like the Da Vinci Surgical Robot.
Hospitals are reportedly reconsidering their use of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot, citing concerns over the costs associated with it and the safety profile its building as it’s used in more facilities across the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reported in July 2013.
Earlier this year, President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Dr. James T. Breeden issued a statement on the safety of robotic surgery in routine gynecological procedures. While Intutive Surgical claims that a surgery using the Da Vinci Surgical Robot has a lower risk of complications and quicker recovery times, Breeden says that there is no evidence to support this in most gynecological surgeries. In his statement, he said “There is no good data proving that robotic hysterectomy is even as good as—let alone better—than existing, and far less costly, minimally invasive alternatives.”
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuits On the Rise
Bloomberg reported on March 5, 2013 that Intuitive Surgical is currently facing at least 10 surgical robot lawsuits. The injuries detailed in those early lawsuits include a punctured blood vessel during a heart surgery that led to hours of internal bleeding and injuries to a man’s rectum and bowel during a prostate surgery.
The attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC work every day to preserve the rights of personal injury victims, one case and one client at a time. If you or a loved one suffered a devastating injury because of the Da Vinci Surgical System, and you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the caring, personalized and loyal representation you deserve, contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. For a free, no obligation Da Vinci robot lawsuit evaluation, simply fill out the online form on the right, or give Wright & Schulte LLC a call, toll-free, at 1-800-399-0795.