Ever heard of the da Vinci robot and the lawsuits surrounding it? It may not sound like the name of a medical device, but it is.
Teresa Hershey of Palm Springs, California needed a hysterectomy. She was offered an innovative treatment instead of a traditional surgery. Persuaded, in fact. Her doctor recommended a robot perform her operation, guided by the surgeon. It was appealing because it’s usually less invasive, the recovery time is shorter, and there’s less scarring.
And so Teresa underwent a hysterectomy performed by the da Vinci robot. But it all went downhill from there. She’s had to deal with pain, 10 corrective surgeries, and a damaged organ. Seven years later, Teresa’s gearing up to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit against the faulty device.
Can you relate? Keep reading!
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What Is The Da Vinci Robot?
In 2000, Intuitive Surgical introduced the medical world to the da Vinci robot. By that year, robotically-assisted surgeries were already growing common. Surgeons were able to use instruments to mechanically control robots. This allowed for more precision in tasks such as incisions and removal.
According to the manufacturer, professionals have used the da Vinci system for over 7 million procedures around the world. The most common operations include gallbladder removals, hysterectomies, gastric bypass, and cancer operations.
Do Robotic Systems Have An Edge?
Now you might be wondering, why do robotic systems in the medical field even exist? Do they provide any benefits?
The da Vinci robot is meant to give surgeons a better range of movement in a wide variety of invasive procedures. The innovation also boasts faster recovery times and less blood loss
While that may be the case for many procedures, it’s not always true. Many patients have suffered injuries after undergoing a da Vinci robotic surgery and that’s why for some, it can be wise to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit.
Common Injuries Resulting From Da Vinci Robot
There’s a growing number of Intuitive Surgical lawsuits. Patients who’ve filed have cited various injuries including:
- Blood vessel tears
- Intestinal tears
- Ureter cuts
- Bowel injuries
- Permanent organ damage
- Excessive bleeding
Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits
Plaintiffs across the nation are claiming Intuitive Surgical has manufactured a faulty device. The rising lawsuits claim the da Vinci robot has serious design flaws. And since its introduction in 2000, the da Vinci robot has been the center of many medical malpractice claims.
Here are some of the issues plaintiffs are claiming against the device:
- The device is defective
- The device’s faulty surgical tips cause injuries
- The company failed to give medical professionals proper training on how to use the device
In fact, one man underwent a da Vinci robotic surgery for spleen removal and was left with punctured intestines. The doctor admitted it was his first time using the robotic device on a live patient.
Another patient undergoing a routine hysterectomy had both of her ureters severed. What was to blame? The surgeons did not receive proper training.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports claiming issues with the da Vinci robotic system and the FDA has voiced their own concerns.
Who Should File A Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit?
Many operations using robotic systems are successful but there are a growing number of people who have dealt with issues. Unnecessary pain, injuries, or corrective surgeries all because of the da Vinci robot.
You may want to file a case against the manufacturer if you’ve:
- Underwent an operation administered via da Vinci robot and consequently suffered organ damage
- Suffered surgical burns
- Had to have corrective surgery (or surgeries)
- Have experienced any other serious complications during or after the procedure
Filing a medical malpractice claim can help plaintiffs receive compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, decreased quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Think The Da Vinci Robotic System Did You Wrong? Act Fast!
Surgeons across the nation are being permitted to use the da Vinci robotic system even with inadequate training. Who suffers? You do. More and more adverse reports related to the da Vinci robot are surfacing. The complications vary and can even be fatal.
If you believe you or a loved one are the victim of a faulty da Vinci robot, you have options. So whether you’re the victim of a faulty device or inexperienced surgeons, we’re here to help. With over 60 years of experience, our attorneys are skilled in both medical malpractice and defective medical device cases. We work closely with medical experts and design engineers to evaluate design flaws and manufacturing defects. That means we handle each individual case with care, expertise, and bring in years of successful experience.
Contact us today to set up your free consultation to discuss pursuing a da Vinci robot lawsuit.