Concerns About Patient Safety Raised In Wake Of VA Hospital Scandal

Concerns About Patient Safety Raised In Wake Of VA Hospital Scandal

The growing VA scandal has raised several serious concerns about patient care and safety. Included among the findings were significant delays in patient care – with individuals needing treatment being placed on waiting lists, sometimes dying before receiving care.

The VA inspector general indicated his office is investigating possible misconduct at 26 VA facilities around the country, including a Phoenix hospital where 40 veterans allegedly died while waiting for care, and staff attempted to cover up long wait times.

Further, the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that several wrongful death and medical malpractice cases have settled in the last year by the US. Department of Veterans Affairs over medical errors made in the treatment of patients.

If you believe that you or a loved one's care has been compromised or has received negligent medical care at a Veterans Hospital, we urge you to consult with an experienced San Diego medical malpractice attorney right away.

The types of medical errors cited in the recent lawsuits vary, but include serious examples of negligence and recklessness resulting in wrongful death. For example, one common issue is diagnostic errors. Obtaining a timely and accurate diagnosis is the first step in properly treating a patient.

Other errors cited in lawsuits against the VA include the inadequate and improper supervision of patients.

One commentator noted: "The horrors that have been exposed at V.A. facilities across the country are shameful."

As medical malpractice attorneys dedicated to promoting patient safety, we agree. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been harmed as the result of treatment received at a VA hospital, please contact one of our experienced San Diego medical malpractice lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate, confidential consultation.

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