$7,800 settlement for the death of a veteran who was misplaced at the Buffalo VA—Vanessa A. Quinn, As Executrix of the Estate of William Hunt, Jr., Deceased, v. United States of America; 2012 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 13756

Vanessa A. Quinn, As Executrix of the Estate of William Hunt, Jr., Deceased, v. United States of America; 2012 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 13756.

All Dates: 01/26/2009 Decedent Misplaced at Hospital
03/15/2009 Decedent Died
03/26/2010 Complaint Filed
01/13/2012 Motion for Settlement Filed
01/17/2012 Revised Petition for Settlement Filed
01/25/2012 Decision and Order Approving Settlement Entered

State: New York

Court: US District Court for the Western District of New York

Plaintiff Counsel
Michele A Braun
Firm Name: Lipsitz, Green, Scime & Cambria Llp

Defendant Counsel
Mary K Roach
Firm Name: U.S. Attorney’s Office – Buffalo


Judge: William M. Skretny

Case Summary 

On Jan. 26, 2009, William Hunt, Jr. was at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Buffalo, New York for tests related to his pulmonary and cardiac disorders. He was taken by wheelchair into radiology and apparently left there for several hours, without food, water, or medications. He allegedly suffered complications as a result. On March 15, 2009, Hunt died.

On March 26, 2010, Vanessa A. Quinn, As Executrix of the Estate of William Hunt, Jr., Deceased, filed a complaint against the United States of America in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C.S. Section 2671, et seq. alleging medical malpractice.

On Jan. 13, 2012, Quinn filed a motion for settlement. On Jan. 17, 2012, she filed a revised petition for settlement. The settlement provided for a settlement of $ 7,800, with $ 808.90 towards a VAMC lien and for $ 3,817.50 to plaintiff’s counsel for disbursements. Chief Judge William M. Skretny entered a decision and order approving the settlement on Jan. 25, 2012.



Award: $ 7,800

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