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Medical malpractice attorney Scott Weidenfeller discusses medical malpractice lawsuits against government entities, including VA hospitals / clinics and military medical facilities.

When a U.S. government employee is medically negligent and causes a patient to be harmed or injured, the case generally falls under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).  Veterans Health Administration (“VA”) medical centers and clinics and military hospitals and clinics fall under the FTCA, and Michigan has over 200 federally qualified health centers (FQHC), as do most states.  Many people who have experienced negligent medical care are unaware that they were injured at an FQHC.

The FTCA dictates a procedure for handling claims against the U.S. when a government employee commits negligence during the course of her duties.  The medical malpractice attorneys at Grewal Law know exactly how to file claims under this act.  In general, more money can be collected for individuals who suffer injury at a federal hospital or facility, everything else being equal.  This is due to the fact that the FTCA limits an attorney to taking a total fee of only twenty-five percent (25%), rather than higher percentages allowed in most States.

Grewal Law has track record of success in claims against governmental agencies with medical malpractice claims.  The firm specializes in personal injury, medical malpractice, birth trauma litigation.  The firm’s attorneys have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for their clients.  The firm’s medical malpractice team includes 2 medical doctors (one of whom is a doctor and a lawyer), several attorneys with decades of experience, a nurse, a respiratory therapist, a paramedic and a pharmacist.


There are many different types of medical facilities that, if sued, would fall under the FTCA.  These include:

  • VA (Veterans Affairs / Veterans Health Administration) hospitals, medical centers & clinics
    • Click here for a list of VA medical center and clinic locations in Michigan
  • Military hospital, medical centers and clinics
  • Government clinics
    • Click here for a list of federally qualified healthcare facilities in Michigan.


  • Birth Injury & Birth Trauma Cases
    • For most of our birth injury / trauma cases, the children were diagnosed with one or more of the following conditions:
      • Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
      • Cerebral Palsy
      • Newborn Seizures
      • Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL)
      • Premature Birth
      • Developmental Delays
      • Motor Disorders
      • Intellectual Disabilities / Cognitive Delays
      • Kernicterus (Improperly Treated High Bilirubin / Jaundice)
      • Newborn Brain Bleeds (Often Caused By Use Of Forceps Or Vacuum Extractors, Or Failure Of The Medical Team To Prevent Premature Birth)
      • Hydrocephalus
      • Premature Birth.
    • Brain injury cases
    • Anesthesia Error cases
      • Giving a patient combination and/or doses of anesthesia, analgesia, sedation, and/or narcotics prior to a surgery or procedure
      • Dental anesthesia errors
    • Spinal cord injury and paralysis cases
    • Post-surgical (PACU / recovery room) cases
      • Patient “codes” or “crashes” in the PACU / recovery room
    • Airway cases
      • Failure to promptly treat difficulty breathing, impending respiratory failure, respiratory failure, and respiratory arrest
      • problems with the breathing tube (endotracheal (ET) tube
      • delayed intubation (delayed placement of a needed ET tube) / failure to timely intubate when a patient needs help breathing
      • problems with trach tube
      • loss of breathing tube (loss of ET tube or trach tube)
      • premature removal of breathing tube
    • Failure to timely diagnose and treat a myocardial infarction (heart attack)
      • Failure to quickly take the patient to the cardiac catheterization lab (cath lab)
    • Failure to prevent a patient from “crashing,” “coding,” and experiencing respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest, cardiopulmonary arrest
    • Improper administration of medication
      • Giving a medication that causes a patient to stop breathing, crash, code, and/or go into cardiopulmonary arrest
    • Failure to diagnose infection
    • Failure to prevent sepsis and other life-threatening infections
    • Failure to prevent an infection in the heart (endocarditis)
    • Failure to prevent an infection in the spinal cord / brain (meningitis)
    • Pharmacy error cases
    • Surgical mistake cases


These are just a few of the many types of medical malpractice cases that the medical malpractice attorneys at Grewal Law handle.  Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer, and the Grewal Law attorneys are passionate about holding hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and pharmacies – as well as their healthcare workers – responsible for negligent actions that cause harm to patients.  The attorneys have the experience and expertise needed to sue government entities.  Our attorneys are licensed in Michigan, Florida and Arizona, and when it comes to Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) cases, we handle cases worldwide.

If you believe that you or a family member was a victim of medical negligence, please contact our team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers.  Grewal Law’s medical malpractice attorneys and medical staff are available to speak with you 24/7.  When Grewal Law represents you, there is never a fee unless we recover money for your case.


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