A motion has been filed before a federal judicial panel to consolidate all personal injury lawsuits involving the da Vinci surgical robot.
In the last few months, a total of four lawsuits have been filed in federal courts across the country in which a person who endured a surgery performed by the da Vinci robot claims they suffered serious internal injuries as a result of defective design of the robot, poorly trained operators, and not being warned about the risks of surgery performed by it. Intuitive Surgical, the makers of da Vinci, are named in the lawsuits as Defendants.
Mississippi residents Patricia and Drennan Mayfield have filed the motion to have the lawsuits consolidated as part of Multidistrict Litigation, according to a report at AboutLawsuits.com. Patricia claims the da Vinci robot botched her hysterectomy surgery and she’s suffered pain and injuries since, including damage to her bowels and vaginal cuff. Similar lawsuits have also been filed in federal courts in New York, Alabama, and Louisiana.
A motion is often made to consolidate similar lawsuits in MDL when multiple cases have been filed. Though only four have been filed to date, it is expected that amount will increase sharply in the coming months. Surgeries performed by the da Vinci robot have increased 400 percent in the last four years, and at least 1 million Americans have had a procedure performed by the robot.
The Mayfield motion requests that all federal lawsuits be consolidated in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, before Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves.