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VA Refusal of Care Leads to Wrongful Death

Steve Wagner

Indiana’s I-Team 8 has worked hard for years to uncover the truth about the care and neglect problems at VA hospitals in Indiana, and people are finally starting to listen. Since 9/11, the VA has paid over $200 million in wrongful death cases, and over 1000 families have claimed wrongful death against the hospitals.

In Indiana, at least 13 patients have died in recent years in wrongful death claims related to the VA’s care, or lack thereof. Many of the patients were turned away and refused care, several others were diagnosed incorrectly or even given incorrect procedures and treatments. Since 2003, the VA has paid over $1.4 million in wrongful death settlements to Indiana families.

One of the biggest factors associated with this issue, is that employees of the VA are still being rewarded for the jobs they are performing, even though the care offered is falling far short of what is needed. Many higher-ups in the hospitals are still receiving bonuses, some in Indiana reaching into four-figures, and some in other states reaching into five-figures (one recorded bonus to a TX hospital administrator was $53,000).

There are over 22 million Americans who depend on the VA for care, and the risks they are facing of receiving inadequate care, or even being turned away altogether, are too great.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to possible negligent care at the VA, or because of refusal of care, give the medical malpractice lawyers at Wagner Reese a call today. We can assist you with your case and help your family receive the compensation they deserve.

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