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Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Verdict in Nation’s First Trial Involving Alleged Da Vinci Complications
Date:5/24/2013

eged that Intuitive watered down its training programs in order to drive sales of the da Vinci robot. Among other things, the family claimed that Intuitive was negligent when it recommended that a single day of training at its headquarters and two supervised operations would allow surgeons to become proficient on the da Vinci.* Bloomberg.com reported on March 21st that emails disclosed ahead of the trial included one in which an Intuitive manager praised a salesperson for persuading a hospital that five supervised operations were too many. In yet another, an Intuitive sales team was told by their manager not to “let proctoring or credentialing get in the way” of meeting goals on the number of robot surgeries. For its part, Intuitive strongly denied any suggestion that its training programs were manipulated to meet sales goals, and placed the blame for the patient’s injuries on his surgeon **

Court filings indicate that Intuitive already settled a da Vinci complication lawsuit earlier this year. According to a notice entered in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana on March 14th, the company resolved a claim filed by a woman who was allegedly injured during a robot-assisted thyroid procedure. (Silvestrini v. Intuitive Surgical Systems Inc., No. 11-2704 (E.D. La.)

Victims of alleged da Vinci complications may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Information about filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For a free, no-obligation case evaluation, please call 800-511-5092 today.

*bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-23/intuitive-wins-trial-defeats-negligent-training-claims.html
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