All patients deserve timely and competent care. AZ Central reported recently about mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals including allegations that veterans who were put on a "secret waiting list" in Phoenix, Arizona have died while waiting for care. According to NY Daily News, veterans at the Phoenix VA waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment.
A CNN report in April, 2014 linked at least 40 veteran deaths to the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care System due to a secret wait list of patients long-overdue for medical exams. The Huffington Post has also made claims of record falsification because the list was kept secret in order to conceal the appointment delays.
Healthcare Providers are required to meet the standard of care and can be held liable for problems arising from substandard care. This duty applies to all doctors and nurses, including neurologists, anesthesiologists and surgeons. However, filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against a VA healthcare provider is different than a state law claim. To protect your family's needs, you should consult an attorney experienced in medical malpractice and the Federal Torts Claims Act.
Under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), claims must be filed within two years of when the injury was discovered, or when you first knew or should have known about the injury and what caused it. Before you can bring a lawsuit, it is necessary to file the information contained in a SF Form 95 upon the appropriate Federal agency, which can then be reviewed by the VA for up to six months. The VA may accept the claim, pay it in full, settle the claim for less, reject the claim outright, or do nothing. The Law Offices of Raymond J. Slomski, P.C. handles federal medical malpractice claims and wrongful death cases against Veteran Administration hospitals and providers.
If you are concerned that the healthcare provided at the VA facility caused harm to yourself or a family member, please contact the Law Offices of Raymond J. Slomski, P.C. immediately to talk with an attorney.