Law firms seek victims of ‘bad robot surgery’

(Credit: Video screenshot by Tim Hornyak/CNET)

Is a robot about to excise your prostate? Well stop right there, mister. Here’s some litigation that might interest you.

In a surreal twist to the ads you often see for legal help with accidents, arrests, or debt, law firms in Louisiana and Alabama are fishing for victims of what they call “bad robot surgery.”

The ad below from Becnel Law Firm, LLC and Riley & Jackson looks like something that would play in the background of a sci-fi film, but it’s serious. The campaign Web site Badrobotsurgery.com says, “Robotic surgery can severely injure the bowel, bladder, and blood vessels. Some of these injuries can even occur without the surgeon knowing it, which can lead to severe complications if left untreated.”

In a video on the site, Alabama surgeon Francois Blaudeau says Intuitive Surgical’s wildly popular da Vinci robot surgery system has injured patients who are having their prostate or uterus removed. He adds that the robot may not be properly insulated, causing burns or “even vascular injuries causing death.”

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