In recent years, robotic surgical devices such as the da Vinci robot became widely used for many soft tissue procedures such as hysterectomies, gallbladder and thyroid surgeries, and various cancer surgeries.
In 2012, da Vinci was used in approximately 367,000 procedures in the U.S. and 80% of all prostate removals according to the National Cancer Institute.
Unfortunately, the FDA and other health experts have now warned of risks associated with da Vinci surgical robots after high reports of patient injury and death. Many of those affected have already contacted a lawyer to file a daVinci class action lawsuit.
While there currently is no class action lawsuit against da Vinci and the devices have not been recalled, lawyers are helping those affected file individual claims against Intuitive Surgical for their damages.
With the number of patients who have undergone surgery with these robots, experts estimate hundreds or thousands of cases could be filed. These would likely be moved to a single multi district litigation court rather than combined as a class action lawsuit da Vinci.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or death following a da Vinci robotic surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer about alternatives to a davinci class action lawsuit.
FDA records show as many as 212 injuries and 90 deaths have been linked to da Vinci surgical robots. Many of these involve electrical burns to internal organs, damage to ureters and bowels, or dislodged instruments falling into patients.
While a class action lawsuit da Vinci might be helpful if numerous patients had suffered minor injury, a federal multi-district litigation court is often used in cases like this where victims suffer serious injury or death.
An MDL system is often more beneficial than a class action lawsuit against da Vinci as patients are given more control over their individual case, such as picking their own lawyer and deciding whether or not to settle. This can result in higher awards to those injured.
Recently, the FDA, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Massachusetts Board of Medicine and CNBC have all reported that patients undergoing surgery with robots like da Vinci may have higher injury rates. However, the devices are still being widely used and the only recourse for victims is to file an individual lawsuit rather than a class action lawsuit against da Vinci.
If you or a family member suffered injury or death following a robotic surgery, help is available. A lawyer can discuss your case today to let you know whether it qualifies for a lawsuit and how long you have to file a claim. They can also explain the difference between unique MDL lawsuits and class action lawsuits da Vinci.
Due to the complexity of medical device injury lawsuits, DrugRisk only recommends lawyers who have already handled robotic surgery injury lawsuits.
For more information on the warnings, side effects and litigation surrounding da Vinci surgical robots, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to help.