There are several risks associated with any surgical procedure. Advancements in robotic surgery were made to overcome human error and negligence, reduce recovery times, and limit patient scarring, among other benefits. Unfortunately, in recent years there have been numerous incidents of robotic surgery negligence. 

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Common Robotic Surgical Procedures in Florida

These are a few typical robotic surgical procedures performed at Florida hospitals and medical centers:

  • Hernia repairs
  • Gynecological procedures
  • Hysterectomy
  • Removal of growths in the body
  • Gastrectomy processes
  • Heart valve operations
  • Prostate cancer treatment
  • Gall bladder removals

Robot-Assisted Surgery Malpractice in Florida

There have been several reported dangers of using robotic surgery. Thousands of injuries were associated with surgical robots between 2000 and 2013 by the FDA, including more than 140 deaths.

These are a few examples of robotic surgery malpractice:

  • Torn rectum and colon from a botched surgery
  • Internal burns from electrical sparks coming from the robot while performing the procedure
  • Damage to ureters during abdominal surgery
  • Accidental laceration to the main artery

Intuitive Surgical Inc. has listed the following risks on their website associated with using the da Vinci Surgical System:

  • Loss of medical instruments in the patient’s body
  • Bleeding
  • Internal scarring
  • Infection
  • Need for additional surgery

Liability in a Robotic Surgery Negligence Lawsuit

Injuries and damages arising from a botched robot-led surgery can include medical costs, additional surgical procedures, hospitalizations, medications, and lost wages besides pain and suffering. The majority of injuries occur when the surgeon is not trained properly in operating the machine. Medical professionals can be held responsible for malpractice if they provide substandard care to their patients. These are a few common at-fault parties:

  • Device manufacturer
  • Device designer
  • Surgeon performing the procedure
  • Hospital or surgical center

It’s recommended that you speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice attorney if you are unsure whether you have a claim or who the responsible defendants are. 
Florida statute of limitations for medical malpractice and robot surgery negligence is two years from the date of injury or when you should have been aware of the injury. 

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Quick Overview of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuit

The da Vinci Surgical System made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. is one of the most common robots used during surgery. The da Vinci lawsuit began in 2012 when several patients alleged that Intuitive had failed to warn about the potential risks involved in using their surgical robot.

The root of several serious injuries and a wrongful death lawsuit stemmed from the following:

  • Failure to properly train surgeons and teams on using the da Vinci robot
  • Failure to warn of potential dangers and complications associated with the robot
  • Failure to ensure the surgeons had enough practice before operating on humans

Unfortunately, da Vinci is still being used in numerous hospitals across the United States, even though reports of injuries associated with the surgical system keep coming in. 

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Our Trial Attorneys have the Experience to Take on Large Insurance Companies. Call Now.

If you or a loved one sustained an injury because of robotic surgery negligence, you may be due financial compensation. The tenacious medical malpractice lawyers at The Alvarez Law Firm, who know how to avoid the legal pitfalls that have caused so many victims agony before, have helped numerous clients obtain the maximum possible compensation after they suffered the tragic consequences of a botched surgery. We are happy to provide you with a free case evaluation. Call us at 877-445-7675 or reach us online. 

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