Congressional Report: VA Misconduct Contributed to Veteran Deaths

A recently released congressional report highlights the alleged deadly consequences of bureaucratic red tape at the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA). Possible VA misconduct has been making headlines lately as more information comes to light about long delays and medical mistakes that affect the country’s veterans.

Currently, the VA medical malpractice lawyers of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye in NY are investigating malpractice claims against the agency.

Veterans and their family members who believe they may have been wronged by the agency are encouraged to schedule a free evaluation of their case. During your evaluation, you’ll receive expert legal advice with regard to your rights and recourse.

Problems include long waits, medical mistakes

The congressional report was released by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. It claims that over the last 10 years, more than 1,000 veterans may have suffered premature death as a result of problems at the VA. “The scope of the VA’s incompetence — and Congress’ indifferent oversight — is breathtaking and disturbing. This investigation found the problems at the VA are far deeper than just scheduling,” said Coburn.

The senator went on to note that the VA claims its problems stem from a lack of sufficient resources. However, spending at the VA has actually increased in recent years. In fact, the VA has paid almost $1 billion to veterans and family members for medical malpractice claims alone.

Countless vets and their families have had to consult malpractice lawyers about a multitude of problems, including delayed appointments. In some cases, long wait times to see a doctor have had deadly consequences. The report discusses a vet from South Carolina who was forced to wait nine months for a colonoscopy – a routine screening procedure. When he finally received the procedure, he was found to have stage three cancer. It is possible that had the cancer been detected earlier, treatments may have stopped it from spreading.

Sen. Coburn’s report also details incidences of blatant medical mistakes, including the failure of doctors to detect a lesion on the lung of a vet when they examined his chest x-ray. The vet did not survive. Another veteran from Philadelphia underwent a routine tooth extraction. The staff at the VA hospital failed to check his blood pressure, which was dangerously low. On his way home, the vet suffered a stroke as a result and is now paralyzed.

Investigative agency issues harsh criticism

Sen. Coburn’s report isn’t the only one that denounces the problems at the VA. The number of vets and their families seeking help has prompted other scathing reports, including one from Carolyn N. Lerner, the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Her agency is charged with investigating whistle-blower complaints and is currently evaluating over 50 pending complaints against the VA. Lerner recently sent a letter to President Obama condemning the VA for brushing aside allegations of misconduct made by VA employees.

She explains that the VA uses a “harmless error” designation to set aside a slew of complaints made about long wait times and poor patient care. Lerner went on to note that many employees of the VA who raised concerns over the mistreatment of veterans faced reprisals at work.

Filing a NY medical malpractice lawsuit

No veteran should have to wait for a medical appointment because of bureaucratic red tape. If you or a loved one has suffered adverse consequences because of long wait times at the VA or medical mistakes committed at a VA hospital, contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. Our skilled attorneys have an extensive track record of success in court.

Arrange a free consultation by calling 1-800-469-7429 and we’ll put our investigative resources to work on your medical malpractice lawsuit in NY.