Vet Awarded $3.7M Over Poor PTSD Treatment

A federal judge today awarded $3.7 million to a Marine Corps veteran who sued the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over poor treatment of his post-traumatic stress disorder at a Plains Township medical center.

Senior U.S. District Judge James M. Munley made the ruling in favor of Stanley Laskowski III, 34, of Carbondale, and his wife, Marisol, following a civil non-jury trial before the judge in September.

In his suit against veteran affairs filed in 2010, Laskowski claimed clinicians at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Plains Township did not properly treat his PTSD, prescribed him the wrong medications and did not immediately offer him psychotherapy.

The young Marine Corps sergeant testified at the trial, telling of the violence he experienced during the United States war to liberate Iraq from Saddam Hussein.

Because of the local center's poor treatment of his PTSD, his psychological condition deteriorated.

Laskowski was represented by Scranton attorneys Daniel T. Brier and John B. Dempsey.

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