These days we see many heartwarming news stories about wounded warriors coming home to the welcoming arms of family and friends. We also hear about the miraculous recoveries many veterans have experienced, thanks to modern medical and rehabilitation technology. What we don’t hear much about are VA medical malpractice cases. This is because potential negligence claims against the Veteran’s Administration are much more difficult to file. Government entities at the local, state, and federal levels have “sovereign immunity” that protects them in liability lawsuits.
If you have experienced possible malpractice at the hands of a VA doctor, you cannot sue the doctor; you must sue the federal government. You may have been told by some attorneys to “forget it” or “no one can sue the government.”
You will never hear those words at the Law Firm of Bruce A. Hagen.
In America, our legal rights come through the Constitution — not a sovereign monarchy. Nonetheless, some general rule of immunity was needed to protect government officials and employees; otherwise, no one would want to work for the government or run for public office. Fortunately, the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”) allows certain lawsuits against federal employees. This includes VA medical personnel.
If you believe you have a claim against the VA, you must first determine if the FTCA permits your suit. Our personal injury attorneys at Hagan Law can help you. If your suit is permitted, we will:
If you believe you have a valid claim, but are afraid to take on the federal government, contact Bruce A. Hagen, Atlanta Attorney at Law, for a consultation. There is no fee for filing a lawsuit unless you are awarded a settlement. Once you have filed your lawsuit in federal court, the process works like any other lawsuit. You can negotiate a settlement with the government. We will be there to help you.