We recently got a $250,000 settlement for a veteran who suffered a pulmonary embolism.
The veteran had suffered a spinal cord injury. As he recovered, he was “minimally mobile” according to his VA medical records. He had complaints of leg swelling and pain. This patient was a set up for deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism (DVT/PE).
A pulmonary embolism can kill you.
Although the veteran was clearly at risk for DVT/PE, his VA healthcare providers never instituted prophylactic measures.
Not surprisingly, the patient suffered a pulmonary embolism.
Fortunately, this veteran was young, and he made a decent recovery. This could have been a huge tragedy.
To the credit of the VA healthcare providers, the treatment mistake was acknowledged. The records contained an express “adverse event note.”
Even with the admission of an error, many lawyers would have passed on this case. After all, the damages were limited. Understanding the VA and the FTCA process as we do, we understood that we could likely get this veteran a modest recovery. Frankly, considering the damages, we negotiated a better settlement than we originally expected.
We handle matters like this one because we know what we are doing, and we are efficient. That allows us to help clients who might be turned away by many other lawyers.