Veteran’s Affairs (VA) operates one of the nation’s largest health care systems, advertising that they promote quality medical care for our country’s finest heroes. But, the VA has made national headlines yet again as more revelations surface of delayed patient health care having devastating effects on our disabled, injured, or retired veterans.
This most recent case, which stems from a VA hospital in South Carolina, echoes numerous cases over recent years of VA clinics around the country, including Maryland and Virginia, delaying medical care, patient misdiagnoses, and prescription errors. By the time some patients have actually received the medical care needed, their medical conditions have advanced/worsened, requiring more difficult or risky treatment, putting their lives in jeopardy.
What are the medical errors that our Vets are experiencing?
- Extended waits (in excess of multiple waits) for e-rays, colonoscopies, endoscopies, etc.
- Misdiagnoses of tumors labeled as benign or eradicated.
- Delayed chemotherapy treatments.
- Insufficient number of patient beds available at hospitals or clinics.
- Physicians treating symptoms only without identifying the underlying causes of symptoms.
- Prescription errors and communication problems between physicians and pharmacists.
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs reported that at least 19 veterans have died because of delays in receiving basic medical screenings like endoscopes or colonoscopies. These findings, which followed patients throughout 2010 and 2011, focused primarily on cancer patients. These patients were among dozens who have already died, are dying currently, or have suffered serious injuries, as a result of delayed care.
When patients find that they are begging their VA physicians for additional screenings or treatments, and must wait in excess of half-a-year or more to receive diagnosis screenings, their medical conditions can unnecessarily worsen. For too many of our veterans have died when their conditions could have been treated in the early stages.
If you, or someone you love, have willingly served our country, we’d like to extend our greatest appreciation for you, because you are owed so much for your sacrifice. No veteran should ever be denied treatment, or forced into delayed care. If you’ve been seriously injured due to delayed treatment at a Maryland VA hospital, you may be entitled to compensation. We may be able to help. Contact us today for more information.