Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Active-Duty Military Service Members and Veterans in Phoenix
Medical malpractice can take on many forms, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, delays in medical diagnosis, negligent prenatal care, birth injuries, medication and prescription errors, surgical negligence and unnecessary surgeries, anesthesia negligence, post-surgical errors and infections, and nursing negligence, just to name a few. Doctors, nurses and other health care providers are required to practice with the same degree of skill and care as other medical professionals in the community, and when they fail to meet that standard, they can be held liable in medical malpractice for any injuries they cause by their negligence.
Medical malpractice can occur anywhere, at doctor’s offices, outpatient clinics, surgery centers, and major hospitals. Base military hospitals and clinics and VA medical centers and clinics are no different. Medical malpractice can happen here as well. What is different is what happens next.
Malpractice victims who are injured at civilian hospitals can sue the negligent provider in state court and recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other money damages on a successful claim. Military service members, on the other hand, must file Standard Form 95 with their service branch and prove not only that medical negligence was the proximate cause of the soldier’s injury but also that the malpractice occurred incident to service. There’s no process for discovery of evidence from the hospital as there is with civilian claims, and there’s no appeal or judicial review. Veterans have to pursue an administrative claim as well, although they are permitted to sue in federal court after six months. They can still be limited in their recovery, though, based on the information they submitted in the Standard Form 95.
If you are an active-duty service member or veteran in Phoenix, or a family member of one, and you believe a medical mistake was responsible for an injury you or your loved one suffered, call Bertling Law Group to discuss your claim. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys take on all the different forms of medical malpractice mentioned above, as well as psychiatric malpractice claims for the failure to reasonably protect patients from suicide. Our law firm represents families of soldiers and vets who appeal for mental health support to a military or VA clinic, but those responsible for patient care fail to implement an appropriate safety plan to prevent a tragic loss. Don’t despair, and don’t take on this burden alone. Let Bertling Law Group help find answers and justice for your loved one and help end this heartbreaking medical error.
Military and Veteran Medical Care in Phoenix
Luke Air Force Base lies about 15 miles west of Phoenix, and many military members and families who don’t live on base reside in Phoenix. The 56th Medical Group at Luke Air Force Base provides medical services to more than 90,000 beneficiaries, counting active duty military members, retirees, and their families. More than 600 assigned personnel at the medical group provide outpatient services at the Medical Treatment Facility at Luke AFB.
Veterans in Phoenix can receive comprehensive medical care at the Carl T. Hayden Veterans’ Administration Medical Center in Phoenix. This VA medical center provides primary care and specialty health services, including mental health care, audiology and speech, dentistry and oral surgery, low vision and blind rehabilitation, physical therapy, vision care, women’s health services, and more. Veterans can also get medical care at several different VA clinics in Phoenix, including the Phoenix VA clinic, Phoenix Midtown VA Clinic, Thunderbird VA Clinic, and Southwest VA Clinic. Outlying residents can also visit the Northeast Phoenix VA Clinic in Scottsdale or the Northwest VA Clinic in Surprise, among others.
If you believe that you or a family member received negligent medical care at one of these facilities, call Bertling Law Group for a free consultation to discuss your potential claims. Not every negative outcome at a doctor’s office or hospital is the result of malpractice, and it can be hard to know from a patient’s perspective whether the medical staff did everything they were supposed to or not. Our experienced medical malpractice team can be of help here. Our lead attorney, Peter Bertling, spent 30 years defending doctors and hospitals sued for malpractice, so he knows how to get the evidence necessary to prove malpractice, how to value a claim, when to settle and when to litigate.
Get the Legal Help You Need With Military and Veterans Medical Malpractice Claims in Phoenix
For help with a medical malpractice claim involving a DOD or VA clinic in Phoenix, call Bertling Law Group at 844-295-7558. Your call is free, and we only charge a fee if and when we are successful in recovering compensation for you.