The trial of VA contractor Bobby Dodd Institute over the tragic death of Navy veteran Gary Steven Pressley continues

Dublin, GA – News Direct – Bertling Law Group

The estate of a Navy veteran who died of suicide after being denied medical treatment at a Department of Veteran’s Affairs medical center recently negotiated a $ 1 million settlement with the U.S. government in compensation for the 35 days of pain and suffering the veteran had suffered prior to his death. The lawsuit, filed by Bertling Law Group on behalf of the estate of Gary Steven Pressley, continues against the Bobby Dodd Institute, an independent contractor responsible for the operations of the switchboard at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. The lawsuit alleges that Pressley’s family informed an employee of the Bobby Dodd Institute that Pressley was in the parking lot with a loaded gun and intended to shoot themselves. The lawsuit said employee Elaine Carswell failed to call local VA police, which Pressley could have reached in minutes with officers trained to de-escalate such situations. Pressley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the parking lot of the VA Medical Center.

According to the lawsuit, Pressley’s referral to a pain specialist was never planned and he was in excruciating pain after previously denied pain medication prescribed by a local pain specialist. Pressley took his own life after his VA family doctor negligently cut down his pain medication and failed to make sure he saw a new pain therapist in the community in a timely manner. Pressley’s referral to the pain specialist was never planned because the VA employee responsible for handling the appointment was overworked, overwhelmed, and her department was understaffed.

Pressley was honorably discharged from the United States Navy with an exemplary record following a tragic automobile accident in which he sustained severe injuries to his legs, hips, pelvis and back. He needed help walking and could handle significant pain on a daily basis. He had previously been seen by an ambulatory pain specialist referred through the VA and his life had improved significantly. The community pain specialist stopped treating veterans because the VA did not pay for their services. Pressley continued his education and made plans for a long and healthy life when the VA couldn’t assign him a new pain specialist. His condition worsened because he was not given any prescription pain medication for several weeks. He reached an ultimate breaking point on April 5, 2019 and shot himself in the chest.

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According to attorney Peter Bertling, Pressley’s death was immediately avoidable.

“Gary Steven Pressley served his country admirably and was well on his way to living long and happy lives before the negligence of the Bobby Dodd Institute tragically ended his life,” said Bertling. “If Ms. Carswell had heeded the family’s direct warnings, Pressley would be here today.”

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