In recent years, surgical robots have been presented as one of the greatest advances in medicine, but as the 2013 da Vinci Surgical System recalls have shown, problems lurk behind the promise. In fact, a report submitted to the FDA reviewed all reported problems since 2000, concluding that the system is linked to an upward trend in deaths and injuries – a claim the manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical, denies.
Nevertheless, the company issued a recall in November of 2013, admitting that the device could stall in surgery, and advising that all systems be inspected. If you or a loved one has been put in harm’s way during a da Vinci surgery, now is the time to fight back. The eyes of the FDA are firmly on these devices, and a growing number of cases argue that needless injury may result during these robotically led surgical procedures. The NJ Robotic Surgery Malpractice Attorneys at Gill & Chamas take time to collect the facts, and will help you articulate your case against those who may be liable.
Problems Arising from da Vinci Surgeries
The list of complications that have resulted from robot-assisted surgery is disconcerting; especially in cases where no proof exists that the da Vinci approach was superior to traditional surgical methods.
- Surgical burns
- Internal tears and uncontrolled bleeding
- Punctures to organs, tissues, or intestines
- Wrongful death
- And more
More than 2,000 da Vinci robotic surgical systems have been placed in hospitals – alleged in several lawsuits to be the result of aggressive marketing and promises of increased revenues – and now face recall. Add to this the back-and-forth between surgeons, hospitals and the manufacturer in allocating the blame for robotic surgery accidents, and you have the makings of a complex medical malpractice case. After putting your trust in your surgeon and their recommended methodologies, it is essential to fight back if they have fallen down on their credo to “do no harm.”
Protecting Your Rights after Robotic Surgery Accidents
More patients are being operated on robotically, especially for hysterectomies or prostate cancer surgeries – a quarter of a million in 2012 for these two conditions alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. Some of these patients will suffer sometimes-devastating complications. We take pride in a long track record of success dating back to 1995, and invite you to contact us when you need sound counsel by your side.
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