An Overview of Defective Medical Devices (Part 1)

An Overview of Defective Medical Devices (Part 1)


Posted September 9, 2013 by admin

The da Vinci surgical robot is an example of an allegedly defective medical device that has been reported to cause serious, life-threatening injuries in some patients.
The da Vinci surgical robot is an example of an allegedly defective medical device that has been reported to cause serious, life-threatening injuries in some patients.

While modern technology has ushered in a number of advancements in the medical devices that are used today, unfortunately, not all currently used medical devices are safe or have been properly safety tested prior to being used on the public. In fact, although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a thorough approval process for medical devices, some manufacturers may:

  • Try to use loop holes in the FDA approval process that may allow them to side step having to conduct extensive safety testing on their devices
  • Fail to disclose negative findings about the risks associated with their medical devices in an effort to push FDA approvals forward.

When this occurs and patients are seriously injured by defective medical devices, they will likely have a legal claim against the negligent manufacturer and can obtain compensation for their injuries and losses by following through with a product liability lawsuit.

Defective Medical Devices: Da Vinci Surgical Robot

A widely used medical device that has captured the public’s attention in recent years has been the da Vinci surgical robot, which is a robotic device used by surgeons nationwide to perform certain surgeries (like prostatectomies, hysterectomies, etc.). The da Vinci robot has been purported to provide a minimally invasive way of operating on patients, which, in turn, can lead to shorter recovery times from surgery.

However, since its introduction, there have been thousands of reports of patients being injured when undergoing da Vinci robot surgery due to the robot’s non-insulated operating tips, electric currents used by the robot damaging health tissues, etc. Additionally, there reportedly are no training standards in place for surgeons, which means that many surgeons are operating with these complex devices with little to no training.

Mount Vernon Product Liability Lawyers

At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon product liability lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their losses and injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life. If you have suffered serious injuries or complications after undergoing da Vinci robot surgery or due to the use of any defective medical device, contact us by calling (888) 896-9381 for a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.

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