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Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Beginning of Jury Deliberations in Nation’s First Trial Involving Alleged Da Vinci Surgery Complications
Date:5/22/2013

stated the patient could have survived another five years, with improved quality of life, had it not been for the injuries he sustained during the surgery**. His family also claims he was not aware that his surgeon had never operated unassisted on the da Vinci before performing his prostatectomy. That surgeon, who has since settled with the family, maintained in court filings that he was told by Intuitive that only two assisted surgeries were needed to achieve competency on the machine. During yesterday’s closing arguments, an attorney for the Plaintiffs told jurors that this was one of 10 ways Intuitive has been negligent, Bloomberg.com said. *

Intuitive Surgical reported on April 19th that it has been named in 26 personal injury lawsuits filed on behalf of victims of alleged da Vinci surgery complications. According to the company, plaintiffs allege their injuries were the result of defects in the da Vinci robot and/or Intuitive’s failure to provide adequate training resources to healthcare professionals.*** According to a February 28th report from Bloomberg.com, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched a survey of doctors who use the device, following a spike in da Vinci complication reports made to the agency.****

Earlier this month, Intuitive Surgical issued a da Vinci instrument warning to hospitals, after it discovered a potential defect in scissors used with the robot that could cause surgical burns in patients. According to a May 10th CNBC report, Intuitive advised that “micro-cracks" in some models of the monopolar curved scissors "may create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury.*****

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