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Intuitive Surgical Can't Dodge Robot-Assisted Surgery Training Lawsuit

Thu, 03/28/2013 - 3:19pm
Mass Device

A Washington court permits a lawsuit accusing Intuitive Surgical of providing insufficient training for doctors using the da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system.

Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system

A Washington judge this week threw out Intuitive Surgical's (NSDQ:ISRG) bid to dismiss a lawsuit claiming the company failed to provide doctors with sufficient training on the da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of Fred Taylor who in 2008 underwent prostate removal by a doctor using the da Vinci device without supervision. The lawsuit claims improper use of the da Vinci system was at fault for a slew of injuries and the eventual heart failure that took Taylor's life.

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