Yes, robots are responsible for patient injuries and deaths. Learn more about the problem, and what to do if you are injured.
That title almost sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, doesn’t it? Now robots are getting into legal trouble for their negligent actions too. A report by the BBC acknowledged an American study that found robots played a role in 144 surgical deaths and 1,000 injuries over a 14-year period.
No One Knows the True Extent of the Problem
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign performed the study on robotic surgeries from January 2000 to December 2013. It’s important to note that the study didn’t officially conclude the robots caused the deaths. It’s just that these deaths happened where robots were present and part of the surgery.
But on the flip side of the coin, they didn’t disprove that either. And this number represents just a part of the total robotic surgeries […]