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Intuitive Surgical Agrees to Settle Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuit

Kathleen Becker6 months ago

According to MassDevice, Intuitive Surgical has opted to settle a product liability lawsuit for one of their medical devices before the lawsuit goes to trial.

Details of the Lawsuit and Pending Settlement

Intuitive Surgical (NSRQ: ISRG) agreed to settle a product liability suit pertaining to the da Vinci robot-assisted surgery system by a woman claiming her hysterectomy that she had back in 2009 caused her injuries.

CVN reports that Michelle Zarick, the plaintiff in this case alleged that an electrical surge through the scissor used with Sunnvale, Calif.-based Intuitive’s da Vinci during her hysterectomy injured her bowels. 

The Intuitive Surgical website argued that Zarick’s injuries were caused by having sexual intercourse too soon right after the procedure and by alleged physical abuse by her husband.

About the da Vinci Surgical Robot

The da Vinci is a robotic surgical system controlled by a surgeon via console controls.  This surgical system performs invasive surgeries.

This system has been blamed and reported to the FDA for many patient deaths, injuries, or surgical mishaps such as:

  • Burns
  • Tears
  • Peritonitis
  • Tissue inflammation
  • Infection
  • Sepsis
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Punctured blood vessels, organs or arteries
  • Severe bowel and intestine injuries
  • Correction surgery
  • Follow-up surgery
  • Wrongful Death

The plaintiff’s case is the 2nd da Vinci product liability case that went to trial.  A Washington state jury found for the company in 2013, as well as many other lawsuits are said to be heard in court next month according to CVN.


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