VA Hospitals Neglecting Testing for Veterans
In opposition to many mainstream hospitals that are running excess amounts of tests in order to make money and avoid medical malpractice suits, many VA hospitals are losing patients as a result of under-testing and delays in medical care as well as failure to diagnose.
According to a recent investigation by CNN, 82 veterans have died or are dying, or are living with serious injuries as the result of delays in receiving medically relevant endoscopies and colonoscopies since 2010.
One 44-year-old veteran interviewed by CNN waited over a year for a colonoscopy he begged to be scheduled earlier, because of how much pain he was experiencing. When the colonoscopy was finally scheduled, he was diagnosed with a baseball-sized tumor for which he is now undergoing chemotherapy treatments. All of this may have been avoided, and the chemotherapy treatments likely avoided if the test was scheduled earlier when this veteran asked.
The delay in care is not being blamed on any one person or part of the system. In fact, the VA has not taken any action to correct the problems or speed up the process of testing for veterans.
Have you or your loved one been adversely affected by the delays in care at the VA, or any other hospital, clinic or medical facility? If so, you may be eligible to receive compensation to recover the damages you have lost as a result of the injury or wrongful death you and your family have experienced. Give the personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers of Wagner Reese a call today to schedule your free consultation, and find out more information about how we can assist you in your recovery.