Medical Malpractice Attorney Serving Active Duty Military and Veterans in Seattle
Thousands of active-duty military service members and veterans in the Seattle area rely on military and VA clinics for their medical care. Our military and vets deserve the best medical care we can give them, but when things go wrong at the doctor’s office or hospital, these victims of medical malpractice have a harder time getting help than their civilian counterparts would. Civilians injured by medical negligence can sue in state court and recover compensation for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering and other legal damages. Soldiers, on the other hand, are more limited in what they can recover, and vets have extra hoops to jump through before they can get justice and compensation for the harm done to them. Until very recently, military service members couldn’t bring any claims at all.
Bertling Law Group is a medical malpractice law firm helping active-duty service members and veterans in Seattle who have been harmed by a doctor or other medical provider’s negligence at a military hospital or clinic or a VA medical center or clinic. Our lead attorney, Peter Bertling, spent 30 years defending doctors and hospitals sued for malpractice. Today, he limits his practice to representing injury victims, but he uses all the knowledge and skills he learned as a defense lawyer to help plaintiffs bring their claims successfully and recover significant settlements and judgments.
Bertling Law Group is experienced helping patients and their families recover compensation for many of the most common forms of medical malpractice, including:
- Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
- Delays in medical diagnosis
- Negligent Prenatal care
- Birth injuries
- Medication and prescription errors
- Surgical negligence and unnecessary surgeries
- Aesthesia negligence
- Post-surgical errors and infections
- Nursing negligence
In addition, Bertling Law Group has been out front leading the charge for families of soldiers and veterans who received negligent medical care and mental health support that resulted in the service member or veteran taking their own life. Soldiers see and do things that can trouble them while still on active duty or continue to haunt them as they try to adjust to civilian life. The Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs know the people in their charge are susceptible to anxiety, depression, and PTSD. When military and veteran medical providers fail to properly diagnose, treat or protect soldiers and vets who come to them in crisis, they can be held liable for suicides that result from their negligence.
If you or your loved one were injured due to medical malpractice at a military or VA clinic in Seattle, Bertling Law Group is here to help. Our team is devoted to finding out what went wrong, holding responsible parties liable for their mistakes, recovering compensation for injury victims, and changing the system from the inside so others don’t suffer the same fate. Call our office at 844-295-7558 for a free consultation if you believe a preventable medical error was behind your injury.
Medical Providers for Soldiers and Veterans in Seattle
Pier 36 was acquired by the Coast Guard from the Army in 1966, providing a home for all of the Seattle-based units and their support facilities that were previously scattered all over Seattle. As the only substantial military facility in King County, Base Seattle provides support to over 1,650 active duty and reserve Coast Guard employees assigned to numerous vessels and shore commands as well as over 30,000 local military retirees and family members from all of the armed services.
Individuals and families served by Pier 36 can get medical care on base at the U.S. Coast Guard Base Seattle Medical Clinic. Veterans can also access a wide range of medical care at the Seattle VA Medical Center. Services offered there include:
- Caregiver support
- COVID-19 vaccines
- Dental services
- Emergency care
- Mental health care
- Primary care
- Specialty care
- Women’s health
Additionally, Seattle vets can receive outpatient medical treatment at the South Lucile Street VA Clinic in Seattle, the Renton VA Clinic in Renton, the Edmonds VA Clinic in Edmonds, and the Silverdale VA Clinic in Silverdale.
Military and Veterans Medical Malpractice Claims Need an Experienced Attorney
Medical malpractice claims involving active-duty military members or veterans are not the same as claims brought against private insurance companies or lawsuits filed in state court. Military members who were hurt by medical malpractice incident to their service have to pursue an administrative claim by filing Standard Form 95 with the Department of Defense. Vets can also file Standard Form 95 with the VA Regional Counsel, although they can also file a lawsuit in federal court if their administrative claim isn’t satisfactorily resolved within six months.
Bertling Law Group is experienced in both civilian and military claims and is dedicated to getting a strong and successful result on your behalf.
Call Bertling Law Group for Help With Military or Veterans Medical Malpractice in Seattle
If you have been injured by medical malpractice in a Seattle military or veterans clinic, or if you lost a loved one due to medical negligence in Seattle, call Bertling Law Group at 844-295-7558 for a free consultation. There’s no fee if no recovery for you.