On June 20, 2016, George Walker, then 75 years old, called the VA’s American Lake Division and complained of shortness of breath and chest pain. Mr. Walker was directed to go to the American Lake Urgent Care. Mr. Walker went as instructed the following day. The staff at American Lake Urgent Care had him transported by ambulance to the VA’s Seattle Division. He was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, which is a hereditary narrowing of the aortic valve; he needed a replacement. The VA scheduled his surgery for July 5, 2016, and sent him home. On July 1, Mr. Walker died at home. His widow, Peggy Walker, sued.
Mrs. Walker claimed that Mr. Walker died while waiting for heart surgery about a week after physicians knew he needed the operation. She further claimed that when physicians knew her husband needed surgery, they should have sent him to another facility that performed heart surgery every day; the Seattle VA Hospital was only doing heart surgeries one or two times a week.
When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.
Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.