One Million Dollar Settlement in Medical Malpractice Claim Against VA Hospital

We are pleased to announce the recent settlement of a major medical malpractice case in our office. Our client Bill N. a disabled veteran suffered from a chronic debilitating skin disease known as hydradenitis suppurativa. For many years he was treated at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in White River Junction Vermont yet they could not control or cure the problem. At one point he was hospitalized for over a year. The treating doctor’s admitted they weren’t helping him but nevertheless they would not refer him to a specialist outside the VA system. So he continued to deteriorate. Finally, he saw a doctor at Brigham Women’s Hospital in Boston who was shocked that the VA did not give him better treatment. As a result Bill sought legal counsel and his local lawyer referred him to us, here at Van Dorn & Curtiss. After speaking with the doctor in Boston who said that if Bill had been treated by a specialist there was a lot that could have been done to help him that the VA didn’t do. We decided to represent Bill and filed the law suit on his behalf.

The Vermont US Attorney’s Office represented the VA and despite the fact that the attorneys there had no experience with medical malpractice law they adamantly denied that the VA was liable forcing the case into a long drawn out litigation. Finally before the case went to trial the VA settled for $1,000,0000 which was the maximum authority the Vermont US Attorney had for settling the case. Click here to see our Case Results article on this settlement.


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