Robots Make Mistakes, Too

Posted by on Apr 16, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Robotic Surgery | 2 comments

The idea of a robot performing surgery may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but in fact it is already being done. Of course, the robots in these procedures are still being controlled by doctors; the robots are merely sophisticated tools that do pretty much the same thing as a scalpel, retractors, and other traditional pieces of surgical equipment, only they are much more precise.

Recently, however, there has been a rise in claims of unnecessary injury following surgery being lodged against the doctors operating the robots and the manufacturers of the robots themselves. This is a matter of concern for hospitals who have admitted the intriguing but very expensive technology into their operating rooms. Advocates insist that there is nothing wrong with the robots; it is the human factor that has caused the injury due to a lack of training or skill.

Most hospitals acquire robots for surgery from Intuitive Surgical Inc. in California, so in case a defect in a robot causes injury to a patient in the U.S., a product liability claim, rather than a medical malpractice claim, would be needed. But if the surgeon is to blame because he or she lacked the training, knowledge, and expertise to operate the robot surgeon in a competent and effective manner, then that’s another matter. It would also be logical to assume that the hospital would be a co-defendant in a personal injury case.

Those who neither advocate nor oppose robot surgery but are concerned for the safety of patients urge for better disclosure of the risks to patients involved prior to surgery. Surgeon training is also emphasized, which is typically an inadequate 2-day orientation on the operation of the robot. There are some benefits to robotic surgery that are not found in traditional surgical methods, but without proper training, these benefits remain only in the realm of “potential.”

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Pulmonary Embolism and Its Painful Signs

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability | 0 comments

NuvaRing is a tiny elastic ring used as a contraceptive device. Due to its convenience, this contraceptive device, which entered the US market in 2001, easily won the favor of hundreds of thousands of women in the US. NuvaRing was originally designed to release controlled amounts of the estrogen Ethinyl Estradiol and the progestin Etonogestrel into the female’s bloodstream. Etonogestrel, which is a type of Desogestrel, is a third-generation progestin. Unfortunately, this progestin is known to increase the possibility of blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and other complications.

Like other birth control methods that make use of hormones to prevent pregnancy, use of NuvaRing has the potential to lead to serious health problems. In fact, one of the most severe complications suffered by women who have used the product is pulmonary embolism, which causes extreme pain and which can lead to death.

Cause of Pulmonary Embolism

One serious side-effect associated with NuvaRing is deep vein thrombosis – blood clots occurring in the legs or pelvis. Deep vein thromboses can, sometimes, become so large that they burst, scattering smaller pieces into the bloodstream. These pieces are small enough to travel through the bloodstream and reach the lungs, where they can get stuck and create an obstruction in major arteries. This blockage is what is termed a pulmonary embolism.

Pulmonary embolism is a complication resulting from deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Even healthy people are not necessarily safe from this complication. Although life-threatening, effective treatment to prevent blood-clotting can significantly reduce the risk of death. Also, measures that will stop blood clots from developing inside your legs will help save you from pulmonary embolism. Pulmonary embolism may be detected as women suffering from it will feel abrupt and unexplained shortness of breath, chest pains and dizziness; its other symptoms include coughing up of blood and a blue tint on the lips and fingers.

Pulmonary embolism ought to be treated without delay. If you or anyone in your family is suffering from this medical condition, or any other complications caused by NuvaRing, seek medical treatment and then call a highly qualified NuvaRing lawyer who will assist you in filing a lawsuit to get the compensation that you rightly deserve.

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