Intuitive Not Negligent in Training Doctor To Use da Vinci Robot

A jury in Washington State found Intuitive Surgical Inc. not negligent in the training of a doctor who performed surgery on a patient using its da Vinci robot surgical system.  The patient, Fred Taylor, later died.

The jury in Port Orchard, Washington, reached their 10-2 verdict after a five-week trial.  It was the first of at least 26 lawsuits against Intuitive involving its da Vinci robotic system.  Taylor suffered multiple medical complications after surgery to remove his prostate gland in 2008 and died last year.  Taylor and his wife sought $8.45 million in damages based upon claims that Intuitive streamlined and compromised its training in a push to sell the robot.

Intuitive successfully argued that Taylor was morbidly obese and that the doctor, whose surgery on Taylor was his first unsupervised da Vinci procedure, had been informed not to use the machine on obese patients until he had gained more experience using the system.  The doctor had ignored Intuitive’s advice in that regard

For more information, visit Intuitive Wins Trial, Defeats Negligent Training Claims

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