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VA Hospital Delay in Treatment Claims Lawyer

Veterans and their families are filing VA claims after delays in health care treatment caused catastrophic injuries, worsened health conditions, and even death. Medical malpractice attorneys with The Cochran Firm, D.C. are investigating VA legal claims including:

  • Death due to delayed diagnosis of cancer
  • Cancer that worsened due to failure of VA to provide timely appointment
  • Amputations due to delay in care for diabetes, hypertension, or vascular disease
  • Other catastrophic injuries suffered by veteran due to a delay in VA hospital care

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By filing a VA delay claim for compensation, you may be eligible for payment to cover a variety of costs and damages including:

  • Medical and hospital costs
  • Rehabilitation bills
  • Funeral expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Future impairment and loss of enjoyment of life

Delayed Cancer Screening Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Delayed edoscopy screenings for gastrointestinal cancer at VA hospitals have been linked to the avoidable and needless deaths of veterans. Thus far, two deaths attributable to delayed cancer screenings have been disclosed at the Hampton VA Medical Center in Virginia. If you or a family member received an unreasonably delayed screening at a VA hospital and developed cancer, we encourage you to contact us immediately. Time limits apply to filing a VA legal claim.

The law provides citizens with the right to hold those who provide substandard medical care accountable. When a cancer screening is needlessly delayed or unethically delayed and the patient develops cancer, the law provides the patient and a deceased patient’s family with the right to seek redress in the civil justice system.

File a VA delay claim

If you or someone you love suffered serious injuries due to a delay in care at a VA hospital, please contact The Cochran Firm, D.C. to receive a free case evaluation with an experienced legal professional. All initial inquiries regarding VA delay claims carry no charge or obligation and are completely confidential. Because strict deadlines apply to VA medical malpractice claims, we recommend contacting us at your earliest convenience.

How to File a VA Claim

If you or a family member suffered an injury or died while waiting for care at a hospital operated by the Department of Veteran Affairs, you may be eligible to file a VA hospital claim for compensation. Medical malpractice lawyers with The Cochran Firm, D.C. are actively investigating claims related to delayed care at VA hospitals in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

How to File a VA Hospital Lawsuit

If you suffer an injury to action or inaction by a doctor, employee, or other agent of the Department of Veterans Affairs, you may either file a claim for disability compensation or seek compensation under the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA). If you choose to file an FTCA claim, it is prudent to work with an attorney experienced in filing VA hospital claims. Claims filed under the FTCA can be complex and challenging.

Only harm related to VA hospitals, medical exams, surgeries, or outpatient clinics is eligible for disability compensation claims under Section 1151. By contrast, any negligent actions by employees or agents of a VA hospital are eligible for medical malpractice lawsuits under the FTCA.

When filing a VA hospital lawsuit, the initial step is filing a Standard Form 95, which indicates an administrative FTCA claim with the Veterans Health Administration. The statute of limitations for filing a claim is usually two years subsequent to an injury. The initial claim is filed with the VA Regional Counsel for the VA hospital where the injury or death occurred.

Each claim needs the following information:

  • A description of the injury.
  • The negligent actions that caused the injury, such as an unreasonable delay in care that caused the death of a patient.
  • Damage amount. Your VA medical malpractice attorney can help you calculate this amount.

If the VA denies your claim, you will have six months to file an FTCA lawsuit. If the VA delays and does nothing for six months, you will have six months after the initial six-month period in which to file your FTCA lawsuit. Filing an FTCA lawsuit can be extraordinarily complex and may require the use of an expert, depositions, various records and reports, and other documents.

Contact the team of medical malpractice lawyers at The Cochran Firm, D.C. if you or a loved one was seriously injured due to delays in treatment at a VA hospital. Because strict time deadlines apply to these claims, we recommend contacting us as soon as possible in order to learn whether you have a valid claim. All initial inquiries regarding VA claims related to delays in treatment are free, confidential, and carry no obligation.

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