Veteran’s Administration Medical Malpractice
Has the VA or its employees (including its doctors) caused you or your loved one a serious injury?
Has the VA or its doctors injured you through neglect or malpractice? Call us today!
Seek Legal Advice
When you are in the care of a VA hospital or your loved one has experienced medical malpractice, it is important that you seek legal advice from a law firm with experience. Remember, the process of suing the United States for medical malpractice is incredibly complex. You will need a lawyer who is familiar with the system to help you avoid potential pitfalls. Luckily, we have over 80 years of combined legal experience and we have a doctor/lawyer on staff to help evaluate and litigate your case.
The following is a list of the most common medical errors, which can warrant a Veteran’s Administration medical malpractice lawsuit:
- Drug errors: Improper drugs administered or mistakes on drug doses
- Misdiagnosis: The misdiagnosed of a minor ailment or medical treatment given for the wrong disease. The effect of these mistakes could potentially lead to disability or wrongful death
- Surgical errors: Instances where the wrong limb has been amputated, arteries were severed or organs were incorrectly removed from a victim. So called “never events” are not uncommon at VA hospitals. This can also include situations of anesthesia error.
- General medical malpractice: This includes a wide variety of issues such as those mentioned above in addition to cases of neglect or the failure to treat an ailment with a reasonable degree of care.
If you feel that a Veterans Administration doctor, physician assistant, nurse, or government health care provider has committed a medical error, contact our VA medical malpractice attorneys today. We serve Veterans nationwide.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How can I sue a VA facility for medical malpractice?
You should know that in 1946, the U.S. introduced the Federal Tort Claims Act, allowing individuals to sue the government for injuries and deaths caused by the negligence of federal employees. This includes victims harmed by the negligence of physicians and other employees of the Veteran’s Administration.
I am an active duty service member. Can I sue the government for medical malpractice?
Unfortunately, it is much harder for active duty military members to sue the government. However, if you believe you have an injury claim, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney, as there may be a way for your family members to file a claim on your behalf. Remember, our attorneys offer free consultations, so your initial discussion with our personal injury lawyers will not cost you money.
Will filing a lawsuit against the VA harm my benefits?
No. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the VA will not jeopardize your rights to benefits that you have earned. There are laws protecting you from this.
Are there time limits for filing an injury lawsuit against the VA?
Yes. In most cases, under the Federal Tort Claims Act, there is a two-year statute of limitations for claims against the U.S. government. Keep in mind, this period usually begins on the date that the injury takes place–so, time is of the essence if you believe that you may have a claim. Even if you believe this period may have passed, it still may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney, as the lawyers with our firm could discuss with you available legal options.
Where are VA lawsuits filed?
It depends on where you live and where your injury event took place. Our attorneys handle cases nationwide. We strategically file lawsuits depending upon a number of factors.
Are VA injury claims very successful? Are the cases often thrown out of court?
Many people wrongfully believe that it is difficult for a victim to get a successful verdict in a VA injury lawsuit. However, this idea is simply untrue. Every year, a great deal of injured Veterans receive compensation from settlements or verdicts against the U.S. government for medical malpractice.
I live on a fixed income. Do I need money to file a VA medical malpractice lawsuit?
No! Our attorneys offer free consultations and take on cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not need to pay attorney fees unless we successfully resolve your case. Contact us today at the number above for more information.