My Dad was cared for by VA doctors. Spot noted on lung over 2 years ago on routine X-ray in ER. Then they said it was nothing. At 86, bladder cancer discovered. Surgery performed with followup radiation ad went into remission. All that time he had a cough and I kept asking PC doc to follow up. He said it was a sinus problem. About 5 months ago he was losing weight, still coughing and extremely fatigued. Also trouble swallowing. That spelled lung cancer to me. I begged for CT scan of chest and throat. My brother told the urologist that his sister wanted a CT scan done. He said,"She WANTS a CT scan? She WANTS it? I am not ordering that.". Subsequently told that spot had been found at time of bladder cancer and PC doc not informed. Then they say PET scan was done. No followup don
I edited your question's practice area so that it will appear under the medical malpractice category instead of criminal defense which seems not to apply..
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Med mal cases are extremely fact-intensive (meaning it is almost impossible for an attorney to judge the merits of your case based on the 6 or 7 lines worth of information provided). But you have a few things going against you:
(1) VA hospital - If med mal cases weren't complicated enough: suing the federal government comes with a whole new set of challenges and immunity/damage caps issues.
(2) Your father, being 88 years old, according to any mortuary table is probably very close to his life expectancy. I hope he lives much longer...but when calculating damages, future medical care is a signficant issue. Limited lifespans lower the value of a case like this. Medical malpractice cases are notoriously expensive cases to bring...the potential damages have to far exceed the costs of bringing such a claim.
But please consult with a medical malpractice attorney licensed to practice in New York. As I said before, I couldn't possibly fully appreciate the full picture of the facts surrounding your father's potential case based on the limited information provided.
Good luck to you.
Criminal Defense Attorney
This post is in the criminal law section. You should re-post in the medical malpractice section where there is probably a better chance of getting an accurate answer. Sorry for your issue and hope you find an attorney that you feel comfortable with. Good luck.
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