Robotic surgery has proved to be an effective alternative to traditional surgery for many different types of operations. Robot-assisted surgeries are far less invasive than traditional surgeries, which helps many patients avoid painful, time-consuming recoveries. In addition, using robotic devices in the operating room lets surgeons operate more efficiently, allowing them to spend less time on each surgery. While the vast majority of robot-assisted surgeries go smoothly, surgical robots, such as the da Vinci surgical system, occasionally cause serious harm to patients.
When a robotic surgical device leaves you or a loved one seriously hurt, you might be eligible to pursue legal relief through a New Haven da Vinci surgical robot lawsuit. The knowledgeable surgical malpractice team at Berkowitz Hanna can look into your case and advise you on your recovery options.
Da Vinci surgical devices allow surgeons to perform less invasive surgeries on patients. Most traditional surgeries require surgeons to make wide incisions in a patient’s body. Surgical devices let surgeons perform many types of operations in a minimally invasive manner. Many surgeons use the da Vinci robot system in gynecological, urological, prostate, kidney, gallbladder, and weight loss surgeries.
Unfortunately, the use of the da Vinci robotic device has resulted in complications for some patients, specifically including the following:
Robot-assisted surgeries can end up causing more harm than good, sometimes worsening a patient’s pre-existing medical condition or even creating new problems. Some patients face additional invasive operations to repair the damage. Sometimes the damage is irreparable, leaving patients with permanent or even fatal injuries.
Patients who suffer injuries in robot-assisted surgeries might wonder who is legally at fault. In some cases, more than one person or party is to blame.
Robot-assisted surgeries are technologically advanced. The surgical teams using the devices need to receive training in how to safely operate the machines. Unfortunately, not all doctors learn how to use the da Vinci system in medical school or in their residencies. Relying on the instruction manual included with the device is not the same thing as observing a skilled surgeon perform a complex surgery. Inexperienced doctors could misinterpret what they see on the monitor and harm a patient, such as by unknowingly moving the device into the wrong area of a patient’s body. The surgeon who provides negligent medical care could be held legally liable in a malpractice claim. Additionally, the hospital that failed to train its surgeons could also be responsible.
Some injuries occur when a surgical robot malfunctions. Faulty devices can jolt and move uncontrollably within a patient’s body, causing lacerations and punctures. Defective parts can also cause burns. Pieces of broken devices can sometimes detach and be left behind in a patient’s body. The manufacturer could be legally at fault for designing and manufacturing a dangerous product. The hospital that failed to maintain the device could also be liable.
Experienced attorneys can investigate what caused a surgical error and who is to blame. From here, a New Haven lawyer can take legal action against the negligent party and pursue compensation on behalf of the patient injured by the da Vinci surgical robot.
Medical malpractice claims are almost always complicated. Claims involving robot-assisted operations are even more complex. To be successful in New Haven da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits, it is critical that you work with a local legal team that thoroughly understands this kind of advanced medical technology.
At Berkowitz Hanna, we do not shy away from cases like these. We have a track record of success helping people just like you, and we are prepared to fight for what you deserve. Contact our office today to set up your free initial consultation with a dedicated legal professional.