Air Force Mechanic Settles Unneeded-Surgery Claims With VA

Law360, New York (November 21, 2017, 2:11 PM EST) -- A former U.S. Air Force mechanic on Monday settled his suit alleging doctors at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital misdiagnosed the weakness in his hand and performed an unnecessary surgery that doctors then bungled.

Harry H. Johnson III agreed to settle his claims against the federal government for $805,000 six months after filing a suit that originally sought $5 million.

Brewster Rawls, an attorney for Johnson, told Law360, “This is a tragic situation of a young man who was subjected to an unnecessary surgery that just caused further damage.” The settlement, he said, was a “fair resolution” that allowed...

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