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Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG) Wins First da Vinci Patient Injury Lawsuit, 25 Plus Cases Pending


5/29/2013 9:04:36 AM

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While Intuitive Surgical (Sunnyvale, CA) faces dozens of patient injury lawsuits related to its da Vinci robotic surgery system, its first patient injury lawsuit has ended in victory for the company, according to Bloomberg. In the 10–2 verdict, a Washington jury decided that the company did not demonstrate negligence in its robotic surgery training program. The company faced a lawsuit over injuries sustained to Fred Taylor, a patient who underwent a botched prostate gland removal surgery in 2008. Four years following the operation, Taylor died. Taylor’s family then sued Intuitive Surgical for $8.5 million, alleging that the company failed to provide proper training for surgeons utilizing the robotic system. The surgeon who oversaw Taylor’s operation was using the da Vinci system for the first time on his own. The plaintiffs allege that the training program offered to surgeons was less than rigorous, only requiring a single day of training and two supervised surgeries.

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