Is The VA Responsible for Veteran Medical Malpractice Injuries?

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 14-Nov-2013

Medical care for the thousands of veterans who’ve come back from wars in Iraq and Kuwait has been a hot topic among advocates and the military community. But despite the need for quality medical care for our veterans, the level of care they’re receiving may be a problem of equal caliber, according to report published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Cox Media Group.

The report references that despite the millions of dollars invested in the care for veterans since 2003, settlements related to poor care, mishaps and malpractice is also, costing American taxpayers millions.

Despite malpractice claims and long-term injuries and death experienced by some veterans in even the most routine medical procedures, the report uncovered startling information: Veterans Affairs only pays out settlements in approximately 25 percent of veteran medical malpractice cases, leaving many veterans and their families to struggle in the aftermath.

Many veterans and their family members are left in a tug of war with the VA as they attempt to seek additional care, compensation for long-term injuries and even compensation for veteran malpractice wrongful death.

With more than 151 Veterans Affairs hospital treating the thousands of vets and their families, examples of veteran malpractice claims and situations include:

  • Mistakes and negligence during procedures and operations
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Birth injuries at medical hospitals
  • VA dental malpractice
  • Medical malpractice wrongful death

Who’s Responsible for Veteran Injuries Caused by Negligent Care at a VA Hospital?

Despite the responsibility of the VA to hold their doctors and medical staff responsible for preventable mistakes that affect veterans for a lifetime, settlements to injured veterans and their loved ones does not come from Veterans Affairs budgets. Instead, settlements paid out on VA medical malpractice claims actually comes from the Treasury Budget, a fact that has some tax payers and politicians questioning the accountability of the VA and their providers.

At The Carlson Law Firm, our team of more 7 former JAG members from both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps have experience working with our military members, veterans and the medical facilities trusted with their care. Despite some of the difficulties associated with veteran medical malpractice lawsuits, access to medical experts, registered nurses right on our own staff and military experience gives us vital information that can be helpful to the veterans we represent in military hospital medical malpractice claims in Texas and across the nation. For a free consultation regarding your potential military medical mistake claim, call our VA medical malpractice attorneys in Texas today. We care. We can help.


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