As described in Jonathan Macri’s April 10th blog titled “Robot Maker Sued Over Patient’s Death,” an action was recently filed against Intuitive Surgical in connection with a 24 year old woman’s death. The woman died just 2 weeks after undergoing a hysterectomy performed by Intuitive’s da Vinci surgical robot.
Less than a week later a second lawsuit was filed accusing Intuitive of fraudulently marketing a faulty device. The Plaintiff maintains that her da Vinci hysterectomy left her with significant injuries to her left ureter and bladder. The lawsuit alleges that Intuitive employed a calculated program of intimidation and market management to pressure hospitals into purchasing and using the da Vinci surgical robot. Through this coercive effort it is argued that Intuitive was able to attain skyrocketing sales and record profits well in excess of prior periods. Among other things, the Plaintiff will aspire to demonstrate that Intuitive knew, or should have known, about the dangers associated with the da Vinci system.
Parker Waichman is closely monitoring all developments associated with the failure of da Vinci hysterectomy components and surgical procedures. If you have undergone a da Vinci hysterectomy and have suffered injuries related to that procedure, please contact our office to discuss your case.