Washington Supreme Court determined that Intuitive Surgical Inc has to warn hospitals about devices.
The Washington Supreme Court ruled that Intuitive Surgical Inc must warn hospitals about devices. They went up against a ruling by a jury that had previously ruled in favor of the manufacturer. In Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., the high court said the trial court failed to inform the jury that the company had a duty to warn the hospital that purchased the device at issue.
The new ruling came in response to a ruling in a previous case. Jurors had found that Intuitive Surgical Inc had not been negligent in failing to warn Harrison Medical Center about defects in their devices.
The court ruled that under the state’s liability laws, manufacturers should warn hospitals, in addition to physicians, about the risks of using their medical devices.