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An Attorney’s Guide to Medical Malpractice/FTCA Claims against the VA in Virginia and Beyond (Audio Only)

(293 reviews)

Produced on May 23, 2017

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$ 59 Personal Injury and Negligence, Litigation, and Health Care In Stock

Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Tragically, those who have served and given so much do not have access to the best medical care through our VA hospital system.

With large facilities located across the country, Veterans and their families must often travel extensive distances for both routine and acute care and treatment. And what happens when that treatment falls below the standard of care and harms the veteran? How do lawyers investigate and file claims against the VA hospital system and staff?

This 1 hour CLE covers the basics on investigating and filing suit against Veterans Administration hospitals and providers. We discuss the entire process from requesting records, to filing Form 95 Federal Tort Claim Act Claim Forms, to filing suit, negotiating the case, handling liens, and more.   

We also discuss recent WDVA and EDVA decisions that address Virginia law’s application to Federal Tort Claim Act claims, expert requirements, deadlines, and more.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Determine who is the defendant – the VA / Government, or independent contractor working for the VA system
  2. Start and file your FTCA claim
  3. Move your case forward after Form 95 filing, working with DOJ, AUSAs, etc.
  4. Negotiate with the Government – who has authority to settle?
  5. Address liens early on
  6. Try a VA case in Federal Court – no jury allowed


Lauren Ellerman

Frith & Ellerman

Prior to moving to the valley, Ms. Ellerman worked in Leesburg Virginia at Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White where she focused her time on commercial litigation, criminal, and domestic law.

Ms. Ellerman now focuses her practice on medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, serious personal injury and business litigation. Ms. Ellerman attended the College of William & Mary, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, and the National Trial College.

Ms. Ellerman is a member of the Roanoke Bar Association, the Virginia Womens Attorney Association, the Virginia State Bar , Young Lawyers Conference, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Justice (formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America), and the Virginia Bar Association.

When Ms. Ellerman is not representing clients in court throughout Virginia and West Virginia, you can find her working on the Roanoke Dog Park, volunteering at the Rescue Mission or with Second Presbyterian Church.

She also writes a blog for Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

Ms. Ellerman and her husband Whit, a Roanoke attorney, are the proud parents of two dogs and two cats.



Barbara L.

Excellent! Extremely informative.

Charles G.

Very well presented.

Willard M.

very thorough.

Russell B.

Very experienced practitioner.

Maria P.


Mary F.

Very well done.

Antoine M.

Valuable practice tips

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Edward N.

Great job by counsel. Very informative and well organized.

Carrol C.

Excellent speaker and presentation.

Elizabeth W.

Excellent and engaging presenter. Very clear and informative.

Richard C.

Good speaker

John G.

superb instructor, great subject


Best Lawline course so far

Eugene A C.

Presenter packs a lot of information and practice advice into each of her programs.

Virginia E.

Excellent presentation

Adria B.

well done!

Kathryn A.

great presentation. Well organized.

Jayelene B.

Very informative and enjoyable!

Stacey H.

One of the best ones I have seen

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