Recent years have seen significant medical developments, including the advent of robotic-assisted surgery. Robotic-assisted surgery allows machines directed by surgeons to perform delicate surgical procedures. It offers the advantages of being less invasive than traditional surgery, and requiring a shorter recovery time. However, given that the technology is relatively new, the risks may not be fully understood.
The best known of the devices used in robotic-assisted surgeries, the da Vinci robot, has been used in thousands of procedures with great success. Yet numerous complaints of adverse consequences from this and other robots have been made to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and it's clear that not all negative outcomes have been reported. Some of these adverse outcomes include transected or severed arteries, perforated bowels or other punctured organs.
Once a hospital has invested in this cutting-edge technology, there may be great pressure for doctors to use it. However, there are currently no national standards for training physicians on these devices, so it is difficult to discern whether a surgeon is adequately prepared to perform robotic-assisted surgery. In addition, the devices themselves may have limitations that are poorly understood, such as cameras with limited fields of vision. When a poorly-prepared surgeon directs surgery using a robotic device, or a patient is encouraged to have such surgery without being properly informed of the risks, medical malpractice may occur.
Oregon medical malpractice cases are, by their nature, complex. These matters require a high level of legal skill and commitment of resources. For this reason, most attorneys do not accept them. In the case of robotic-assisted surgery malpractice, the newness of the technology adds an extra layer of complexity to the case.
At Huegli Fraser PC, our attorneys have the legal skill and experience to deal with all types of medical malpractice cases, including robotic-assisted surgery malpractice. In their over 45 years' combined practice experience, our attorneys have a long record of successful outcomes, including multiple settlements of over one million dollars. In total, our attorneys have recovered over 100 million dollars for their clients.
As diligently as we work to secure a financial recovery for our clients who have been injured by robotic-assisted surgery malpractice, our primary goal is the same as theirs: to help them get back to the life they were living before their injury took place.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury related to robotic-assisted surgery, you have a limited time under Oregon law to take legal action. Huegli Fraser PC can help you evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case, explore your options, and take the appropriate action.
Huegli Fraser serves Portland and the surrounding areas, working with clients throughout Oregon. Contact us at (971) 266-8877. We look forward to working with you.
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