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How to Determine if you Have a VA Medical Malpractice Claim

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Memphis

 

Unfortunately, the veterans who served our country do not always have access to the best medical care. Just like all hospitals and medical facilities, the VA does make mistakes in the treatment of their patients. While some of the mistakes are minor in nature, others can prove to be gross medical malpractice and catastrophic in nature.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operates one of the largest health care delivery systems in the nation—providing health care services to more than 5 million veterans each year in over 1,000 facilities.

These health care services are delivered by physicians, nurses, and other types of practitioners and the services provided range from routine examinations to complex surgical procedures.

As is true in any health care setting, veterans receiving health care services at VA facilities may be at risk of incurring an injury or illness as a result of substandard care. VA Medical Malpractice claims have risen over the years and have cost countless veterans their health and well-being.

If any injury occurs as a result of care rendered by a VA practitioner, a veteran alleging medical malpractice may seek compensation by filing a tort claim with one of the VA's 22 regional counsel offices.

The offices, which operate under VA's Office of General Counsel (OGC), are responsible for initially investigating and, to the extent possible, resolving the tort claims through administrative review. However, if a claim is not resolved administratively, the veteran may elect to proceed to litigation. The Defendant in VA cases is the United States.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness at a VA facility or as a result of care provided by a VA doctor, you may be wondering: “Do I have good case?” This is something that requires careful evaluation and assessment. There are many factors to consider and questions to be answered. Among them are these questions:

  • How long ago did the injury occur?
  • In which state did the injury occur?
  • What injury did you or your loved one sustain?
  • How has this injury affected you?

It is important to note that there are very specific steps that must be taken as required by the Federal laws in terms of timing and paperwork. To find out more, contact The Chiozza Law Firm. Our attorneys can walk you through your claim and discuss your options for VA Medical Malpractice. Give us a call at 901-526-9494 or fill out this online form for a free no-cost consultation.

Posted by Brian Chiozza at 10:03 AM

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