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Ptsd Vet Sues Va For 5 Million



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“SCRANTON – Testimony began Monday in a $5 million medical malpractice lawsuit filed by an ex-Marine who claims the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township failed to properly treat his post traumatic stress disorder.

Stanley Laskowski and his wife, Marisol, of Carbondale, allege the hospital’s negligence caused his symptoms to worsen to the point they are irreversible, leaving him 100 percent disabled.

The hospital has acknowledged medical staff deviated from the standard of care in treating Laskowski, but it contends he is responsible for his condition worsening because he did not fully disclose his symptoms.

Laskowski, 34, was diagnosed with severe post traumatic stress disorder as a result of a several-month tour of combat in Iraq in 2003. He is seeking $2.5 million in lost earnings, and $2.5 million for emotional distress.”

Read More http://www.timesleader.com/stories/Veteran-with-PTSD-sues-VA-for-5M,203444#ixzz26Bn0L0bw

This is an unusual case. I too had claimed the lack of appropriate PTSD care in the FTCA claim I filed against the VA. At the time my husband died, we thought that was his major problem as he had seemed to be recovering fairly well from a major stroke. The VA awarded the FTCA wrongful death claim without even considering the PTSD part of the case. Of course the evidence of malpractice on the physical issues was prime facie and overwhelming.

This is limited info on the case from the Times Leader and this case could become very important to other PTSD vets.

I know VA has aggressively fought this case and no one knows better then I do, just how low the VA will go sometimes, in order not to pay large awards like this could involve.

The FTCA case was denied by VA ( not mentioned in the article but only a FTCA denial can be filed as a civil action in a federal court) but the veteran quickly filed suit in the federal court in Scranton.

Will update the results of this and post here.

Edited by Berta (see edit history)
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