Veteran’s Injury Worsens after VA Physicians Fail to Diagnose Condition; Settled for $599,000
Hodes Milman Liebeck represented a veteran who sustained further injury after the treating VA physicians failed to properly diagnose burn-like symptoms on his ankle as a soft tissue infection. After being examined by the VA physicians, a VA employee placed a call to another hospital, where the head of the burn unit properly explained that the veteran was suffering from a rare soft tissue infection, which required surgery. The VA employee did not relay the message to the VA physicians, causing the condition to worsen, thereby requiring additional surgeries. Hodes Milman Liebeck attorneys argued that upon the phone call with the head of the burn unit, the VA physicians should have been notified of the veteran’s condition, and that the veteran’s displayed symptoms should have enabled a proper diagnosis, regardless. Hodes Milman Liebeck settled the case for $599,000 in favor of the veteran.