Mother Serves Demand Letter to VA Through Kelley/Uustal

Two years ago, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Janos Lutz, known as “Johnny,” committed suicide by overdosing on his prescription medication for PTSD. With the help of Kelley/Uustal, Johnny’s mother, Janine, served a demand letter to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), claiming that her son’s death was caused by medical negligence.

“John was crying out for help [from] his medical team,” his mother said, “but they ignored his cries and provided a clearly despondent man with…more powerful drugs.”

On January 12, 2015, the two-year anniversary of Johnny’s death, Janine attended the second-annual Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Ride. Sponsored by the foundation Janine began to honor her son, the PTSD Awareness Ride served as a reminder of the growing number of PTSD-linked suicides in the United States.

According to Janine, Johnny’s death was preventable, like all veterans suicides. During his struggle with PTSD, Johnny reached out to his doctor’s and friends, but didn’t find the help he needed.

“When my son reached out to his battle buddies they were in other states,” said Janine, “We have to have people here by their side when they need them.”

To help other veterans overcome PTSD, Janine envisions “Buddy Up” programs across the United States. These programs would give veterans suffering from PTSD the opportunity to get in touch with fellow veterans.

Son’s Death Linked to Medical Negligence, Mother Claims

In her demand letter, Janine indicated that her son’s suicide was directly linked to the negligent care provided by his doctors. Instead of finding a treatment solution that worked, doctors upped his antidepressant dosage.

At Kelley/Uustal, we are committed to helping our clients - people like Janine - fight for the justice their families deserve. 

Learn more about the “Buddy Up” program here.

DBR Interviews Michael Hersh and Kimberly Wald on the $35 Million Verdict Secured for their Client

What was supposed to have been a lovely day for a newly engaged couple took an ugly turn when the two were involved in a car crash that would lead to one of…

Kelley | Uustal Attorneys Secure $35M Jury Award for Paralyzed Navy Veteran

Kelley | Uustal trial attorneys Michael Hersh and Kimberly Wald won a $35 million award from a Broward County jury for a Navy veteran left paralyzed following a car crash in Hollywood four…

K|U Hosts the FJA’s Member Appreciation Reception

We are proud to have hosted the Florida Justice Association’s Member Appreciation Reception last week in Fort Lauderdale. K|U managing partner Michael Hersh welcomed guests, who enjoyed an evening of…