Gwendolyn Jones and her husband Amos Jones Jr. have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Northern Alabama against Intuitive Surgical alleging the medical device company of marketing a faulty device, its da Vinci Surgical Robot, that caused serious injury.
According to the lawsuit, Intuitive Surgical “sold it [sic] device through a calculated program of intimidation and market management, forcing hospitals and physicians to purchase it in order to appear to be competitive, and creating a fear in their minds that if they did not have this technology they would lose business to competitors.”
An attorney for the Jones’ said in a press release “Intuitive Surgical knew, or should have known, about the dangers of monopolar current use on its da Vinci Surgical platform.” The lawsuit claims that Jones’ da Vinci hysterectomy was botched and left her with significant injuries to bladder and left ureter.
The lawsuit alleges negligence, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, fraud, breach of warranty, and unjust enrichment and seeks damages in the amount of $490 million. The lawsuit also seeks a jury trial.