May 20, 2010

Illinois Veteran’s Hospital Aims to Lessen Medical Malpractice

by Levin & Perconti

The Commercial News is reporting that Illiana Healthcare, a Danville, Illinois Veterans Affairs healthcare system, has changed its level of impatient surgeries it will offer in order to reduce the risk of medical errors and to protect patient safety. Instead of performing intermediate procedures, such as colon resections or joint replacements, the hospital will only perform standard procedures, such as foot surgery or ear, nose and throat surgery. If a veteran has to receive an intermediate surgery, he or she must be transferred to the VA hospital in Indianapolis or another facility. This comes after the VA announced a new initiative to designate which veteran's hospitals will perform certain levels of surgeries. The goal is to perform each surgery under the safest possible conditions at facilities that have the resources to support them. The Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti commend the VA for its efforts to decrease medical error. Learn more about the changes to the Illinois hospital system by clicking on the link.

Despite the efforts to decrease medical errors in VA hospitals, medical malpractice still occurs. The Federal Tort Claims Act governs medical malpractice lawsuits against veteran’s hospitals. Before your Chicago medical malpractice attorney can sue, he or she must make an administrative claim against the hospital for the full damages. Once that administrative claim is filed, the VA only has six months to review and investigate it. Then they are given the choice to accept and pay, settle the claim for less, or reject the medical malpractice claim. The statute of limitations under the FTCA is a standard two years after discovering your medical injury; however you have to factor in the six month timeframe for administrative claims when filing. To learn more about these FTCA claims, please check out this link.

February 13, 2009

Get to Know a VA Hospital: Part 2

by Levin & Perconti

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital is located on a 140 plus acre campus a dozen miles west of Chicago’s downtown. “Hines” is not only houses 483 beds but also acts a major Veterans Health Administration hub for pathology, radiology, and radiation therapy. Data on the frequency of medical malpractice at Hines VA Hospital is unavailable at this time. For information on veteran-patients rights or filing a Federal Tort Claim Act lawsuit against Hines VA Hospital, please contact Illinois Lawyers Levin & Perconti. To read more about Hines VA Hospital, please click here.

February 12, 2009

Get To Know an Illinois VA Hospital: Part 1

by Levin & Perconti

Jesse Brown Medical Center is located in the heart of the Illinois Medical District in downtown Chicago. Jesse Brown serves as the major veteran medical provider of Cook County serving an estimated 58,000 veterans and employing over 1700 Chicagoans. Medical malpractice at Jesse Brown is actionable through the Federal Tort Claims Act and those injured as a result of Jesse Brown medical negligence should contact Levin & Perconti. To read more about the facts of Jesse Brown Medical Center, please click here.

January 24, 2009

Justice Department Report Alleges Serious Mistreatment at State Veterans Home

by Levin & Perconti

A report released by the United States Justice Department alleges the care received at an Alabama veterans home has "contributed to the untimely deaths of ... residents as well as led to other preventable illnesses, injuries, and harm." Veterans injured while receiving care through the Department of Veterans Affairs may bring what is known as a Federal Tort Claims Act lawsuit against the government for negligent care and medical malpractice committed by a VA facility. Further, state law may provide those injured the ability to sue VA nursing homes as private citizens. To read more about this Justice Department report, please click here.

January 22, 2009

Department of Veterans Affairs Settles Medical Malpractice Suit Stemming From Veteran’s Suicide

by Levin & Perconti

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently settled a Federal Tort Claims Act suit involving a returning Iraqi War Veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who was allegedly refused treatment. The family of the deceased veteran alleges that the VA hospital’s refusal to treat their son after a suicide attempt led to the veteran’s wrongful death via suicide. The U.S. Government agreed to settle the Federal Tort Claims Act lawsuit for $350,000 however did not admit responsibility. To read more about this Federal Tort Claims Act settlement, click here.