Veterans Affairs Hospital Medical Malpractice
The Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system provides care to our country’s veterans. However, medical mistakes happen in VA hospitals just as they occur in other hospitals.
If you think you have been injured by a doctor or other medical professional, you might have a claim for medical malpractice. Meet with a VA medical malpractice lawyer right away.
Common Malpractice Committed at the VA
VA doctors and nurses make a variety of errors that can negatively impact your health. At our firm, we have seen doctors commit the following:
- Missed diagnosis, particularly failure to diagnose cancer
- Incorrect diagnosis that leads to inadequate treatment
- Prescription drug mistakes, such as prescribing the wrong drug or the wrong amount
- Errors in administering drugs
- Surgical errors, including leaving sponges and implements in the body
- Failure to monitor a patient
- Performing unnecessary procedures that cause injury
Every medical malpractice case is different, but they all share a common tie—a medical professional did not use sufficient care and they injured you in the process.
Can You Sue the VA?
Yes, you can sue the VA in court. However, you must first submit an administrative claim to the agency by following the Federal Tort Claim Act. This administrative claim is necessary to allow the VA to investigate your case and possibly propose settlement so that you can avoid trial.
Although some people try to file an administrative claim themselves, it is usually better to work with an experienced VA medical malpractice attorney. You only have two years from the date of your injury to submit a claim, and submitting incomplete information can delay your claim, even if you need compensation as soon as possible. By working with an attorney, you can present your claim the correct way the first time.
What Kind of Compensation Can You Receive?
The amount of compensation you can receive will depend on your losses. Many victims of VA malpractice receive compensation for:
- Economic losses, such as money you spent to correct the medical mistake. For example, if your doctor broke a rib, then you can receive compensation for money spent treating the injury. You can also receive compensation for lost wages.
- Non-economic losses, for things like pain and suffering or emotional distress. It is harder to calculate these losses in dollars and cents, but you can still receive compensation.
- Future losses. For example, you might need ongoing medical care, or you might be permanently disabled and be unable to return to your job.
Your VA malpractice lawyers can analyze the surrounding circumstances and estimate the amount you can receive in damages.
A History of Results
We have an established track record of bringing our clients results they expect and deserve. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients.
Speak with a Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, we honor our veterans for their service. We have found there is no greater satisfaction than helping our veterans receive the compensation they deserve when the VA hospital commits malpractice and harms them.
For more information, you can call us at 706-354-4000. We offer a free initial consultation and have offices in Athens, Atlanta and Lake Oconee. We handle cases throughout the State of Georgia and across the country. There is no fee unless we win your case.