VA medical center must pay $3.7M to patient

Judge rules Marine was not properly treated for PTSD

VA medical center must pay $3.7M to patient

By Terrie Morgan-Besecker
Times-Leader (Wilkes-Barre, PA)

SCRANTON – A federal judge on Wednesday awarded $3.7 million to an Iraqi war veteran who alleged the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township failed to properly treat his post traumatic stress disorder.

U.S. District Judge James Munley ruled the medical center had breached the standard of care in treating Marine Sgt. Stanley Laskowski, but stressed his finding was specific to this case and should not be treated as a “sweeping criticism” of the care provided to veterans.

Laskowski and his wife, Marisol, of Carbondale, filed suit against the VA in 2010, alleging physicians were grossly negligent in the care they provided him for PTSD he developed after he returned from a tour of duty in Iraq in 2003.

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