Unfortunately, just as they are at standard healthcare facilities, medical malpractice events are not uncommon at V.A. centers. Instances of medical malpractice can include:
- Drug errors
- Misdiagnosis: This can include the misdiagnosis of a minor ailment, leading to serious injuries or the furthering of a disease.
- Surgical errors: Including “never events” where the wrong limb has been amputated, arteries were severed or organs were incorrectly removed from a victim and situations of anesthesia errors.
If you have suffered injuries due to the negligence of a doctor or employee at a V.A. facility, it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney. Unfortunately, the Federal Tort Claims Act, which allows individuals to sue the government for injuries and deaths caused by the negligence of federal employees, has a two-year statute of limitations for most injury claims. Therefore, time may be of the essence if you want to hold the V.A. liable for an injury.
Veterans Exposed to Viruses
We bring up V.A. injury claims because NBC News has reported that the agency began sending out warning letters to people that may have been exposed to “life-threatening infections as a result of misconfigured or unclean colonoscopy equipment.”
According to the news outlet, the issue was first discovered at a Murfreesboro clinic that found problems when it began seeing blood in the tubing of a water system used for irrigation during colonoscopies.
Because of this, the V.A. began to notify more than 6,300 Veterans who underwent colonoscopies at their clinics about the issue, dating back to April 23, 2003, when the equipment used was delivered.
Sadly, one Veteran the news outlet spoke to claims that he contracted hepatitis due to the issue.
Working with an Attorney on a V.A. Injury Claim
As we said above, if you have been injured by the negligence of the V.A., it may be in your best interest to speak to an attorney quickly.
Remember, our Nashville injury attorney offers free consultations and his services on cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not need to pay an attorney fee unless he successfully resolves your case.
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” – James 4:10
Davis’ Words of Wisdom: A 2014 study by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that the V.A. had settled more than 1,000 wrongful death cases since 9/11.