He answered his nation's call, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the divisive Vietnam war. According to a lawsuit Lawrence Johnson has filed against the VA Healthcare System, his patriotism and service has been repaid with substandard care that has resulted in months of hospitalization and ongoing severe health problems.
He had settled more than two dozen medical malpractice claims and settlements across a pair of states. The allegations against the neurosurgeon included claims that his surgical errors left one patient paralyzed from the waist down after improper placement of a device in the man's spinal canal. In another case, he reportedly inserted spinal screws incorrectly and left the patient without bladder or bowel control.