FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 13, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 12, 2013, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Janos "Johnny" Lutz overdosed on prescription medication used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Janos' story is one of many that contribute to a spike in veteran suicides across the United States.
In November 2014, Johnny's mother, Janine Lutz, served a demand letter through Kelley/Uustal to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In it, she attributed her son's death to medical negligence, claiming that he made repeated attempts to seek help from his doctors.
"John was crying out for help [from] his medical team, but they ignored his cries and provided a clearly despondent man with…more powerful drugs."
Mom Raises Awareness for VA "Buddy Up" Program
On the two-year anniversary of her son's death, Janine attended the second-annual PTSD Awareness Ride. The event was sponsored by a foundation she began to honor the memory of her son and to help other veterans overcome PTSD.
"When my son reached out to his battle buddies," she explained, "they were in other states. We have to have people here by their side when they need them."
That's why Janine hopes to establish a network of "Buddy Up" chapters across the nation, where veterans suffering from PTSD can contact fellow veterans for help.
Kelley/Uustal Helps VA Mom Serve Demand Letter
With the help of Kelley/Uustal, Janine served the VA with a demand letter that ascribed her son's suicide to medical negligence.
Instead of providing the treatment Johnny needed, Janine claimed, doctors simply prescribed stronger medication. He eventually used this medication to commit suicide.
Kelley/Uustal is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm that serves clients throughout South Florida. With more than 200 years of aggregate experience, the firm's legal team is dedicated to pursuing justice for clients. To learn more about Kelley/Uustal, visit www.justiceforall.com.