As Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Latest Da Vinci Robot Instrument Recall

As Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits Mount, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Latest Da
                        Vinci Robot Instrument Recall

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NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2013

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As da Vinci robot lawsuits
( continue to mount against Intuitive
Surgical, Inc., (NASDAQ: ISRG) Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that the U.S. Food
& Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a Class II recall for some
instruments used with the da Vinci Surgical System. According to a notice
dated December 3^rd, friction within certain instrument arms can cause them to
stall. When this occurs, there could be a sudden "catch-up" if the surgeon
attempts to push through the resistance created by the stall. According to the
FDA, a Class II recall indicates that a device may cause "temporary or
medically reversible" health problems, as well as the remote possibility of
serious health problems.


According to a report from, Intuitive has acknowledged three
incidents relating to this issue, including one that resulted in an imprecise
cut. However, the company maintains that no patient complications were

"This latest da Vinci recall will only add to questions regarding the safety
and efficacy of the device. Our Firm receives inquiries on a regular basis
from victims of robotic surgery complications allegedly related to the da
Vinci, and we expect that trend to continue" says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a
nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical
devices. The Firm is currently offering free da Vinci lawsuit evaluations to
individuals who allegedly suffered serious injuries in procedures involving
the da Vinci Surgical System.

Da Vinci Robot Instrument Recalls

This is the second time this year that a Class II recall has been issued for
da Vinci robot instruments. In July, the company recalled a number of
instruments that it said had not been properly tested at the factory.

The new recall also comes at a time when Intuitive Surgical is facing a
growing number of da Vinci robot lawsuits alleging serious, and in some cases
fatal, injuries to patients. In its most recent 10(k) filing, the company said
that some of the lawsuits blamed machine defects for patient injuries. In
other cases, the lawsuits allege that inadequate surgeon training on the part
of Intuitive was behind robotic surgery complications.

Over the past year, questions about the safety and efficacy of robotic surgery
have continued to mount. Just last month, revealed that FDA
adverse event reports relating to the da Vinci, some of which involved patient
injuries and deaths, more than doubled over the past year.

Results from a small survey of physicians released by the FDA on November 8^th
raised questions about training procedures for the da Vinci robot. Among other
things, the 11 surgeons responding to the survey suggested the da Vinci's
complicated interface was difficult to master and that training methods were

Individuals who suffered robotic surgery complications that may be associated
with the da Vinci robot could be entitled to financial compensation for their
injury-related damages. To learn more, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP's
website, or the Firm's Facebook page: obtain a free review of your
potential da Vinci lawsuit, please call (888) 340-4807.

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