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Product liability claim made against maker of surgical systems

Many women in California and elsewhere around the country undergo hysterectomies routinely each year. While the majority of these procedures are conducted with traditional surgical techniques, many of them are now performed by a robot. The recovery time is supposedly much shorter with this less invasive surgery. However, complications from a robot-assisted hysterectomy seven years ago have prompted a woman to file a product liability lawsuit against a Sunnyvale manufacturer of surgical systems.

The now 45-year-old woman was encouraged by her physician to consider the robot-assisted surgery. She was told it would be less invasive and require less time for recovery. After the procedure, she spent one night in the hospital and went home the following day. However, she experienced extreme pain and was transported back to the hospital later that night. A second surgery was recommended to determine the problem.

The surgery revealed that the woman's bowel had a hole in it. She discovered that several other patients that had undergone a similar surgery had filed claims against the manufacturer, citing claims of internal organ damage. It has been reported that the company faces 3,000 claims regarding surgical procedures that had been performed from 2004 to 2013. While the company has already settled an undisclosed number of these, only two lawsuits have gone to trial. The California woman has refused settlement offers from the company and is prepared to fight the case in court.

When someone has been injured by a company's defective or faulty product, he or she may choose to file a product liability claim. A California personal injury lawyer will help an individual understand all the available options and prepare the best case possible. A favorable outcome in a lawsuit could provide compensation to help defray costs of hospitalization, therapy or counseling. Damages could also be awarded for pain, suffering or loss of income.

Source:, "Intuitive Surgical facing lawsuits, reports of death and injury", Ethan Baron, Oct. 23, 2017

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