A California woman is pressing forward with her personal injury lawsuit against the maker of the daVinci Surgical System, determined to hold the company accountable for the system’s defective design and construction. The product liability claim is the four such lawsuits to go to trial accusing the defendant, Intuitive Surgical, of putting patients at risk of severe injury, surgical revisions, and even death.
The 45-year old plaintiff once lived an active lifestyle before her doctor convinced her to undergo a hysterectomy with the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. Instead of surgeons performing the procedure in the operating room, the system utilizes robotic arms with various attachments controlled by doctors to operate.
However, instead of decreased recovery time and minimal scarring promised by her doctor, the plaintiff suffered serious complications, including a perforated bowel which the plaintiff claims has permanently altered her life. Once an active mother of two, the plaintiff now claims she suffers from debilitating fatigue and discomfort as a result of the 11 corrective surgeries she underwent to alleviate her condition.
While every surgery carries inherent risks of complications, such as infection, patients have a legal right to know the benefits and drawbacks of the procedure prior to surgery. Unfortunately, some medical device manufacturers and doctors fail to disclose vital information patients need to weigh their treatment options.
Since its approval in 2000, the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System has been the subject of thousands of personal injury lawsuits. Public filings also suggest Intuitive Surgical has set aside tens of millions of dollars to settle past and future product liability claims. Many of those lawsuits involve surgical components Intuitive Surgical recalled in 2013 over serious injuries suffered by patients during and after surgery.
Patients harmed by a defective medical device may be entitled to substantial compensation, depending on the circumstances of their case. Often times, victims need corrective surgeries to alleviate pain or correct a disability, Sadly, some medical device injuries result in permanent disability that can severely affect the patient’s lifestyle and ability to earn a living.
If you or a loved one suffered serious complications following surgery, it could be because of a defective medical device or negligence by the hospital. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you and your family can get the answers and compensation you need to recover from your injury. While we expect doctors and hospitals to do the right thing, many defendants instead choose to deny and delay claims while patients suffer.
Call 1-800 THE FIRM (843-3476) or fill out an online contact form with the details of your case to receive your free legal consultation. Our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers do not charge any upfront fees and never collect expenses until we win our case. Contact our office to get the justice and compensation your family deserves.