In 2014, nearly 100 patients died waiting for care from a Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Hospital, an appalling event that shocked many to the core about the standard of care in this country. According to a news report done by the Veterans Affair inspector general, nearing 43% patients who died between October 2014 and August 2015 were waiting for appointments or required tests that they never got, but the report omits that these victims died as a result of delayed consults. In fact, up to 140,000 patient consults were deliberately deleted from the system.
This shocking event wasn’t enough to roll out a new formula for all Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country, at least until recently. Similarly, in 2014 scandal broke involving the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital, where many veterans also perished due to lack of medical care and waiting for months on end to see a doctor. Conditions worsened, cancers developed, and countless patients suffered as a result. Consequently, various wrongful death lawsuits occurred.
As a result of these atrocities, President Trump signed a bill last week that gives top-ranking officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs more power to protect whistle-blowers. Doing so may prevent people from being afraid to speak up when they see injustices are occurring, which will be a step in the right direction for the overall state of healthcare in the United States. This bill also extends the Veterans Affairs Department more power to fire incompetent workers who may be contributing to the overall worsening conditions inside VA hospitals.
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If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another, you are entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of work, and pain and suffering. For the loved ones of those veterans that suffered and died due to no fault of their own, personal injury lawyers were able to acquire personal injury damages for the case of wrongful death, thus leaving the loved ones of those veterans to grieve in peace--without the worry of financial stress.
At Freidin Brown, P.A., we are appalled to see such injustices occurring every day. We refuse to sit back and watch people be taken advantage of, cast aside, or otherwise injured with no hopes of acquiring the justice they deserve. We work so tirelessly to make sure victims and their families are taken care of during such a precarious situation. Our team of personal injury lawyers won’t back down in the face of a challenge, no matter the complexities of your case. We want you to know that with Freidin Brown, P.A. on your side, you don’t have to face this difficult time alone.
Schedule an initial consultation with us today by calling us at 888.650.0918.