More VA patients could join lawsuit

January 16, 2019 GMT

More people allegedly injured by a podiatrist at the Veterans Administration hospital in Fort Wayne could soon join a lawsuit against the U.S. government. 

The class-action complaint filed last week in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne alleges Dr. Bradley R. Hammersley provided negligent care for 13 people from 2009 to 2016. Hammersley botched surgeries and performed medical procedures that were unnecessary, according to court documents. 

Attorney David Farnbauch said today his office fielded calls from three other former patients of Hammersley, and internal government documents indicate at least 115 veterans might have been injured by the doctor at the local facility and one in Marion. 

“There’s probably a lot more Dr. Hammersley surgery victims out there,” Farnbauch said. 

Two victims interviewed by The Journal Gazette said they were treated by Hammersley and were left with permanent injuries. 

The lawsuit, which includes more than 100 pages of documents detailing the alleged malpractice, states government officials admitted the doctor’s mistakes but denied claims from victims for disability benefits because they were not filed within a two-year statute of limitations.