Our Michigan medical malpractice attorneys recently settled a medical malpractice claim against the Veterans’ Administration (VA) Hospital for negligently leaving in and failing to remove a uretal stent. The patient was undergoing a surgery that required a uretal stent to be placed to identify and protect the ureter from being injured during the surgery. The stent was allegedly removed the morning after surgery but a CT scan performed just before discharge showed that a portion of the stent had not been removed. However, such radiologic finding was not brought to the attention of the physicians and a large piece of the stent remained inside the patient’s ureter for six months. As a result of the uretal stent being left inside the patient, he developed kidney failure and had to have his kidney removed.
There are strict procedural requirements for filing a military medical malpractice case under the Federal Tort Claim Act. These include submitting necessary forms and filing claims even before a lawsuit can be filed. The failure to comply with these requirements can result in a valid lawsuit being barred for technical reasons alone. As such, it is important to contact a Federal Tort Claim Act (FTCA) lawyer as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.
The medical malpractice attorneys at Buckfire & Buckfire P.C. filed the claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act by timely submitting the Form 95. During the claim period, we were able to settle the claim with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs before a lawsuit needed to be filed. The case was settled for a confidential amount.
Veterans who suffer injuries due to a medical malpractice in a VA hospital do have legal rights. Call us now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan medical malpractice lawyers about your case. Our lawyers will start working on your case immediately, gathering all the evidence necessary to prove and win your case. We will also represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means no legal fees or costs until you win.