Common Claims

Since October 2009, Veterans Affairs has received nearly 45,000 allegations of mistreatment and wrongdoing in the military veteran medical care system. Unfortunately, these numbers represent just a fraction of veterans medical care errors committed in VA Hospitals.

Generally, about one in ten of all veterans medical care malpractice complaints are pursued in court. While some medical negligence is obvious, some is far more difficult to recognize.

In most situations, valid veterans claims of malpractice consist of two elements:

  1. a mistake, which is a violation of the standard of care expected of military medical treatment providers
  2. significant injuries because of the mistake, which are called “damages.” While it is a difficult reality, recovery for mistakes that don't result in significant injuries is often hard to pursue.