Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Update: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Latest Disclosures from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Regarding Da Vinci

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Update: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Latest Disclosures
   from Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Regarding Da Vinci Robot Sales, Procedures

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NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2014

NEW YORK, Jan.15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As da Vinci robot lawsuits
(http://www.davincirobotlawsuithelp.com/ ) involving Intuitive Surgical Inc.'s
da Vinci Surgical System continue to move forward in courts around the
country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes the company has reported thatsales of
the robotic surgery platform dropped slightly in the fourth quarter of 2013,
to 138 from 175 during the same quarter last year. In a statement posted on
its website, Intuitive also disclosed that it had sold a total of 546 da Vinci
Surgical Systems during 2013, compared with 620 systems in 2012. However, da
Vinci procedures did increase by about 12% during the fourth quarter of 2013.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. will release full financial results for the quarter
on January 23^rd.

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"These disclosures come at a time when Intuitive Surgical is facing increasing
questions about the cost, effectiveness and safety of the da Vinci Surgical
System, as well as mounting product liability lawsuits involving the device,"
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
robotic surgery complications in procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits

In its last quarterly earnings report released in October 2013, Intuitive
Surgical disclosed that it had been named in at least 50 da Vinci lawsuits
filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly sustained serious, and sometimes
fatal, robotic surgery complications in da Vinci procedures. According to
Intuitive, these lawsuits claim that patient injuries were the result of
defects in the device and/or issues with the way the company trains surgeons
to use the robot.

Late last year, the company issued two separate Class II recalls for da Vinci
robot components, including instrument arms that the company said could stall
during procedures. The second recall involved Large Needle Driver and Mega
Needle Driver Endowrist Instruments, which Intuitive said had been associated
with a high rate of detachment. According to the U.S. Food & Drug
Administration (FDA), A Class II recall indicates that a device may cause
temporary or medically reversible health problems, as well as the possibility
of serious health problems.

In November, Bloomberg.com revealed thatrobotic surgery complications
associated with the da Vinci robot had more than doubled last year. For its
part, Intuitive Surgical maintains that the increase was related to the growth
of robotic procedures, and asserted that "total adverse event rates have
remained low and in line with historical trends." That same month, the FDA
released the results of a physician survey which suggested that issues
involving training on the da Vinci robot might be impacting patient safety.
The 11 respondents to the survey indicated that there exists a lack of
consistent training methods, and that the da Vinci is difficult to master,
though they did report overall positive experiences with the device.

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:
https://www.facebook.com/davincirobotlawsuit.To obtain a free review of your
potential da Vinci lawsuit, please call (888) 340-4807.

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing
injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide
since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective
medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National
Law Journal to the "Plaintiffs' Hot List," recognizing the top plaintiffs'
firms in the country, for the past 11 consecutive years.

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