You are a veteran of the armed services, and you regularly go to a Veterans Administration (VA) clinic or hospital for your medical treatment. Unfortunately, you may end up leaving the VA in worse shape than when you arrived. If this happens to you, don’t ignore it, as you may have a case of medical malpractice against the Veterans Administration (VA). It’s important that you act quickly so you can preserve your claim and get the compensation you deserve. To help you find out if you have a medical malpractice case against the VA, follow this quick guide.
1. Meet with an Attorney experienced with suing the Veterans Administration (VA)
As soon as you realize that your injuries are a result of the inadequate care you received at the VA, you need to find a trustworthy attorney experienced with suing the VA. Don’t hesitate in contacting an experienced attorney, as there is a certain time limit for filing your case.
2. Make sure your Attorney has experience with filing SF-95 administrative claims
The Veterans Administration is a federal agency administered by the United States. The law requires that an injured veteran must first “exhaust his/her administrative remedies” by filing an SF-95 administrative claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Only after the SF-95 administrative claim is fully resolved, can an injured veteran file a lawsuit against the VA.
3. Make sure your Attorney has federal court experience and can go head-to-head with the United States Attorney’s Office
The Veterans Administration is defended by the United States Attorney’s Office located in your jurisdiction. However, as a practical matter, the defense may be led by US Attorneys from Washington, DC.
As a veteran of the armed services you’re not afraid of a fight. But you need a lawyer with the proper training and experience to combat the Veterans Administration. That’s why you need an attorney who can match the US Attorneys defending the VA.
Suffering from medical errors made by a Veterans Administration facility that was supposed to take care of you is bad enough. You shouldn’t have to endure further distress when trying to make a claim against the VA. Following these steps will help the process of filing a medical malpractice claim against the VA and get you closer to obtaining the compensation you deserve.
If you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice by the Veterans Administration contact the experienced team at Steigmann Law today. One of our qualified attorneys will be happy to meet with you to review your situation and help you get started. Let us lead you to victory!