We recently settled this case for $500,000. It was a sad one, as many are.
For over three years, this veteran’s primary care providers knew of blood in his urine. He had had complaints of pain. This information was noted in the medical records, but the investigation was unaggressive. Ultimately, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.
Even after the diagnosis, the VA was slow in treating him.
The consequences were entirely predictable. The veteran went from having a cancer that was treatable - it could have been cured – to one that will shorten his life considerably. His quality of life is impaired significantly.
The family came to us. We investigated the case and then filed a claim. It took a while, as it often does, but the VA lawyer assigned to the matter was a conscientious one. We got the case settled.
The family was happy. Hopefully, this money can make their life a little better. It cannot restore the veteran’s health, however.
Many lawyers are wary of cancer cases. The medicine is almost always complicated and causation issues are inherently murky. Our firm knows cancer cases. When we did defense work, Brewster Rawls defended such cases for 30 years. For over 20 years we have successfully handled many FTCA cancer cases. We know the ins and outs of these matters. We know that evaluating these cases can be counterintuitive.
Clients need lawyers who are experienced with their particular type of case. It matters, a lot.