Currently, hospitals and surgeons get to decide ‘if and when a surgeon is ready to perform robotic cases,” reported ABC News. There is no expert consensus on the amount of training that is needed. This means that surgeons using the da Vinci robots may be operating with insufficient training. This increases the chance that patients may suffer serious complications or injuries.
If injuries are caused by doctors or hospitals who negligently use and operate this equipment, an injured patient may have a medical malpractice claim.
Claims against the operating doctor or hospital may also focus on negligence. Essentially, the health care provider did something wrong that caused injury. When a doctor makes a mistake, even a minor one can have long-term or deadly consequences.
The million dollar da Vinci robotic system is installed in one in four U.S. hospitals and was used to perform 367,000 surgeries last year, according to ABC News.
Patients scheduled for da Vinci Robot Assisted Surgery should ask for details on the surgical method proposed. They should also inquire about the surgeon’s qualifications, the training process the surgeon was required to go though, and how many times the surgeon has performed the recommended procedure.
Compensation in malpractice cases can include coverage of medical bills and lost wages, as well as damages for pain and suffering. Damages can also be paid for future losses such as future medical expenses and wages.
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm can provide knowledgeable, aggressive representation for victims of medical malpractice in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York medical malpractice cases. David
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