Intuitive Not Negligent In Surgery Death, Jury Rules

By Daniel Wilson (May 24, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT) -- Intuitive Surgical Inc. was not negligent in its training of a doctor whose botched surgery using the company's da Vinci robotic surgical system allegedly led to a patient's premature death, a Washington state jury ruled Thursday.

After two days of deliberation following a five-week trial, the Kitsap County Superior Court jury voted 10-2 that the surgical device maker had given surgeon Scott Bildsten adequate training and was not negligent in the death of Fred Taylor, who was injured during prostate gland removal surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, purportedly leading to his death from related complications. Bildsten has already settled...

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