Military/Veteran News for Friday – April 8, 2016

Veteran Unemployment Hits a Record Low – Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the annual veteran unemployment rate for 2015 was 4.6%, the lowest on record. The rate for veterans that have served on active duty since September 2001 , a group referred to as Gulf War-era II veterans, declined by 1.4% to a total of 5.8% in 2015. For further details and complete news release from BLS, please visit http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/vet.pdf Family of Veteran Sues VA and Suicide Hotline – The family of an Army Veteran, Tom Young, has filed a wrongful death claim against the Veterans Administration and the Suicide Hotline claiming that his call was mishandled, leading to his suicide. The 30 year old Iraqi War veteran’s call was routed to voicemail when he was reaching out for help. The VA has laid blame on the contractors who forwarded the call and states that similar calls are no longer forwarded. Source: ABC7Chicago Uber Accomplishes Service Member Hiring Pledge – The ride-sharing company, Uber, launched the UberMILITARY program in hopes of signing up at least 50,000 service members, whether active duty, spouses, or veterans, within 18 months. The company has announced it has met the milestone, and hopes to meet the goal of delivering $500 million in earnings to drivers with military backgrounds by 2020. General Motors Expands Military Discounts – From April 6, 2016 to May 31, 2016, Chevrolet, Buick and GMC will expand their military discount programs for all veterans and their spouses, regardless of separation date, in honor of National Military Appreciation Month. The discount includes many popular models, including the...

VA To Expand Hep C. Treatment to All Veterans

The Veterans Affairs Department (VA) recently announced that it will begin providing hepatitis C treatment to all veterans in the health system, regardless of the stage of the disease. Previously, some medications were too costly to treat all but the sickest patients, but thanks to a boost in funding from Congress, the VA can now treat the 174,000 veterans with the condition. “We’re honored to be able to expand treatment for veterans who are afflicted with hepatitis C,” stated Dr. David Shulkin, VA Under Secretary. “Additionally, if veterans are currently waiting on an appointment for community care through the Choice program, they can now turn to their local VA facility for this treatment or elect to continue to receive treatment through Choice.” It is estimated that 200,000 veterans have Hepatitis C, including 174,000 enrolled in the VA health system. Hepatitis C is spread by shared needles or by contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, and those most at risk include people who received a blood transplant or organ transplant before 1992, when widespread screening became available in the US. Roughly 60 percent of veterans who have hepatitis C served during the Vietnam era. Since 2014, VA has treated 42,000 hepatitis C patients with the medication Sofosbuvir. In fiscal 2015, the department designated $696 million, or 17 percent of its total pharmacy budget, for the drug. It expects to spend $1 billion for medications containing sofosbuvir in fiscal 2016. California-based Gilead Sciences, the maker of Sofosbuvir, including brand names Sovaldi and Harvoni, has been accused of price-gouging by lawmakers. The company had been charging the federal government...

Winning a Military or VA Medical Malpractice Case by Building a Team of Experts

In federal court, to win a military medical malpractice or VA medical malpractice case, the plaintiff must prove that the government health care providers acted negligently. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must establish that the military medical providers breached the standard of care, and that breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries. In every lawsuit, our firm relies on the knowledge, skill, and qualifications of a team of experts. These experts from around the United States are top physicians, researchers, and professors in their respective fields. In federal court, experts submit a report explaining their opinions to the court. If the case goes to trial, the experts may testify about their opinions in further detail before the judge. The following is a brief explanation of the different ways in which a team of experts help us prove each element of a Federal Tort Claim in a lawsuit based on medical malpractice against a military or VA hospital. Duty/Breach: VA and military doctors have a duty to provide patients with the type of care a reasonable physician would provide in the same or similar circumstances. To win a military medical malpractice lawsuit or VA medical malpractice lawsuit, a plaintiff must bring a medical expert to testify about what the standard of care requires. These experts not only outline what a physician should do in a certain situation, but they also explain why the defendant’s actions were not those of a reasonable physician, i.e. they explain how the defendant’s actions amount to a breach of duty. The type of expert used to prove medical malpractice varies from case to case, but usually comes...