Laurie Higginbotham, trial attorney at National Trial Law, handles Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) cases on a nationwide level. In 2022, she was recognized by Austin Monthly as a Top Attorney of 2022. In 2011, she was recognized by Texas Lawyer as one of 20 “Winning Women,” profiling outstanding female Texas litigators who prevail in high-stakes cases. She’s currently serving as Vice-Chair of the AAJ in the Federal Tort Liability & Military Advocacy Section. Simply put, Laurie is one of the best in her business.
Most of the cases she handles are medical malpractice cases against military hospitals, VA hospitals, or federally funded healthcare clinics. Her firm also handles cases against federal employees who are involved in incidents like car accidents, for example, that result in injury. All cases involving federal employees or that occur at federal institutions must be filed under the FTCA since they involve government administration. These cases can be incredibly complex.
During the pod, Laurie talks with Tad and Mike about her recent case that resulted in a record-setting $10,500,000 pre-trial settlement for a war veteran in Missouri who suffered from kidney disease for more than six years—which led to total renal failure—while the VA failed to diagnose and treat it correctly. The VA was found to have partially caused the kidney disease due to a medication that was wrongfully given.
Tune in to learn more about this groundbreaking case and about some of the challenges Laurie had to face during it—and how she overcame these challenges.