The veterans returning home to Providence after fighting for the United States are supposed to enjoy the benefit of world-class health care for the remainder of their lives. Sadly, recent news has begun to raise questions about the quality of care that America’s veterans are receiving. What’s been troubling for so many who have been following this issue is that the reported cases of substandard care aren’t limited to a single facility or even a group of facilities in a single area, but rather are from countless VA facilities across the country.
Recent statistics show that over 1,000 medical malpractice lawsuits have been filed against VA facilities nationwide, requiring the government pay out over $200 million to victims and their families. The accusations coming in these lawsuits include incorrect diagnoses, doctor negligence, and failure to properly monitor patients or to treat them in a timely manner. Criticisms of the VA have recently reached as high was Washington, where many have called on the President to replace the secretary overseeing the Department of Veterans Affairs. Yet rather than dismiss him, the President has charged the secretary with overseeing massive reforms to current VA guidelines. These reforms, which are set to be voted on by the House, include granting the secretary more authority to hold VA hospital administrators accountable in the wake of medical malpractice accusations.
These reforms probably provide little solace to those who experienced some of this substandard care firsthand. Anyone who feels as though they or a family member received poor care from a VA provider may wish to speak with a local attorney to see about initiating his or her own medical malpractice lawsuit.
Source: The Mercury “4 medical malpractice suits against Coatesville VA clinic settled for $1M” Kristina Scala, May 22, 2014