January 16, 2013
SCRANTON â?? A federal judge has 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 issued the order today in the case of Stanley Laskowski III and his wife, Marisol.
Laskowski, of Carbondale, filed suit against the VA in 2010, alleging physicians there were grossly negligent in the care they provided him for PTSD he developed during a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps in 2003.
Laskowski claimed the failure to properly treat him caused his symptoms to worsen to the point he is now 100 percent disabled.
Munley heard testimony in the case over a one-week, non-jury trial in September. He determined the VA was negligent, and that that negligence caused financial and emotional harm to Laskowski.
The judge awarded Stanley Laskowski $2,144,803 in future lost earnings; $214,582 in past lost earnings, $1,200,000 in past and future emotional suffering. He awarded Marsiol Laskowski $140,615 for past, present and future emotional harm