Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyers
When Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyers accept a VA Medical Malpractice claim, there is a tremendous amount of work and expense involved in pursuing your claim. Therefore, in general, Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyers accept cases only if they believe the damages are worth the time and expense required to represent the claim.Veterans Medical Malpractice lawsuits require that you have sustained a serious injury as a result of the negligence of a VA doctor, VA nurse, or other VA medical professional employed by the Veterans Administration. In general, a serious injury is an injury that requires more than a few months to recover.
Negligence occurs when the medical professionals’ actions fall below the standard of care. Determining negligence usually requires medical experts to review your records and render an opinion as to whether your medical care fell below the standard of care and may be considered medical malpractice. Therefore, in general, before a Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyers will accept your case, they will have it reviewed by medical experts to determine if your injury is the result of medical negligence.
The Statute of Limitations
Do you believe that you or a loved one has suffered due to a medical error or negligence by a doctor, nurse or other health care provider at a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital? While the hardships you face may be severe, including serious injuries and financial losses, there are legal remedies at your disposal. Speak to a lawyer as soon as possible if you believe you or a loved one may be a victim of Veterans Medical Malpractice. You must file your claim within the statute of limitations. When the statute of limitations expires, you lose your right to file a claim.
What should you do?
- Document Your Injuries with pictures and daily log of how you are feeling.
- Get your medical records. (You can request these from your doctor or a Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyer can request them for you.)
- Contact Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyers for a free consultation.
Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
In recent years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been under scrutiny, namely for preventable veteran deaths, infectious disease outbreaks, VA employee bonuses and mismanagement.
Since 2003, the federal veterans agency, which provides services for over 22 million American veterans, has paid out approximately $100 million a year to settle more than 3,000 veterans medical malpractice claims. In 2013, the agency tended to 5.6 million veterans, a 32% increase from 2002.
As of mid-2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs has spent more than $50 million on medical malpractice claims, according to an analysis of Treasury Department records. In the 10 years after 9/11, the agency paid $200 million to nearly 1,000 families in wrongful death cases.
A recent report found that more than 1,000 veterans may have died in the last decade because of medical malpractice or lack of care from VA medical centers. The VA has admitted that 23 patients have died because of delayed care, but “Friendly Fire: Death, Delay, and Dismay at the VA” shows many more patient deaths have been linked to improper management, decisions and care.
An incident of endoscope contamination in a VA Hospital located in Buffalo, New York has caused emotional distress among veterans, as the contamination has put over 500 veterans at risk of infectious disease.
Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyers Must Know the Rules and Regulations
Veterans injured by medical malpractice in VA hospitals may sue the U.S. government under a federal law called the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). The rules and regulations for filing a FTCA claim can be complicated. The process of filing a veteran negligence, malpractice claim or wrongful death claim begins by making an administrative claim against the FTCA. It is important at this stage to know the full extent of the damages because federal law will prohibit you from seeking more than the amount you state on your initial claim. FOX LAW will work with you to help you determine the full amount of the damages so you are not left with less than you need.
Once you file your claim, there is a six-month period in which the VA can review your claim and decide to accept or reject it. If they reject your claim, you may file a medical malpractice lawsuit in federal court.
John Fox is a seasoned litigator, well versed in the rules and procedures of federal court. We are prepared to help you obtain full and fair compensation for the losses you have suffered.
Veterans Medical Malpractice 1151 Veterans Disability Claims
Veterans Medical Malpractice victims may be eligible for Section 1151 Veterans Benefits and you may receive a VA disability rating the same as veterans receive with service related injuries. You may also be eligible for Total Disability Individual Unemployment Benefits if your Veterans Medical Malpractice injuries prevent you from working.
Section 1151 VA Disability Claims Eligibility Requirements
• You must be a United States Veteran.
• You must have a disabling condition that is the result of a Veteran sponsored medical treatment or training. The exacerbation of a pre-existing injury is also eligible.
Fox Law Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyers welcome you to contact us for a prompt and free consultation regarding your veterans medical malpractice case.
No case is too big or too small for an evaluation. Fox Law welcomes the opportunity to represent you. In your consultation, your case will be discussed and the facts will be reviewed and evaluated. If Fox Law accepts your case, it will be handled on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing. We carry all of the costs and assume all of the risks when we accept your case.
FOX LAW is conveniently located at Two Logan Square in Center City Philadelphia. In addition to Philadelphia County, we serve Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Allentown, and Reading Pennsylvania. For your convenience, John Fox makes house calls, when necessary.