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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-14-08 05:51 AM
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Vet wins malpractice suit against VA hospital
Vet wins malpractice suit against VA hospital
The Associated Press
Posted : Monday Apr 14, 2008 6:10:01 EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. A Missoula Navy veteran has been awarded $622,739 after winning a medical malpractice lawsuit against a Veterans Affairs hospital in Salt Lake City, where a series of failed operations left him permanently disabled.

James L. Lamb, 69, filed the lawsuit last year, alleging that doctors botched a hernia operation by mistakenly severing an artery in his stomach. Lamb nearly died of severe bleeding and was hospitalized for four months at VA hospitals in Salt Lake City and Helena.

District Judge Donald Molloy in Missoula awarded Lamb the full $1.2 million in damages April 4. But according to Utah medical malpractice law, non-economic damages those for pain, suffering, and inconvenience may not exceed $430,000. Molloy then awarded economic losses those for loss of household production and medical bills in the amount of $192,739.

This man is a veteran and a proud Montanan, and he was determined to have his day in court, Lambs attorney, David Paoli, said. As a citizen, it is important to him that justice was served, and thats an important thing for regular people to see in their justice system.

In December 2004, Lamb went to Salt Lake City for an abdominal operation that was supposed to keep him hospitalized overnight. Instead, he and his wife remained at the hospital for more than six weeks because of recovery complications. He was operated on five more times at the hospital.


Rest of article at: http://www.navytimes.com/news/2008/04/ap_malpracticesui...
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Clear Blue Sky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-14-08 06:42 AM
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1. I thought as a government hospital, the VA was virtually impossible to sue.
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