Wrongful death often occurs as a result of medical malpractice. Recently, the families of four veterans who died alleged that to be the case when they filed their lawsuit against a Pennsylvania VA Clinic. The case recently settled and these four families were paid nearly $1.4 million in settlements.
Facts of Cases Settled
The facts of the cases are said to include claims for failure to monitor a patient, improper management of a psychiatric patient, wrongful diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a patient. These claims are unfortunately very common. Death can occur where a doctor fails to monitor a patient who has recently undergone some form of anesthesia. Moreover, failure to monitor a patient following surgery can also have adverse effects. In cases involving an improper management of a psychiatric patient, the burden would be on the family of the patient to prove that with proper management of medications and or therapy appointments, the deceased would still be alive. Sometimes this is a hard burden to prove.
Because the recent cases settled before going to trial, the facts are extremely limited. However, the settlement amounts are available and tell a small portion of these stories of tragedy. For instance, the first case, which involved the failure to monitor a patient, was filed in 2003 and closed in 2005, settling for a total of $100,000. The second case, which involved the improper management of a psychiatric patient, was filed in 2005 and was settled in 2008 for $495,578. The third case, which was filed in 2010, settled in 2011 for $300,000. And, lastly, the fourth case was filed in August of 2010 and settled for $500,000 in December of 2011.
The White House’s Take on Hospital Negligence
These four cases, and the many others like them, bring light to the recent claim of negligence surrounding VA hospitals. In a recent press conference, President Barack Obama addressed the misconduct that has begun to plague these facilities. The President and his cabinet members have vowed to take the issue very seriously as they work hard to implement new standards and procedures. In light of the recent spotlight that has been cast on the VA hospitals, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, resigned, apologizing for the recent scandal over waiting times in VA’s massive hospital system.
We Can Help
Settlements and money can never replace a loved one. However, settlements and/or monetary judgments can often help alleviate some of the financial burdens that result from an untimely death.
Veterans, just like all patients, deserve prompt and attentive medical care. However, many times patients receive subpar care when things matter the most. Medical malpractice can have devastating results, with death being one of them. Our lawyers are available to provide help during instances where you are concerned that medical malpractice or wrongful death might be at play in your life. If you or someone you know may have experienced a recent death that you feel may have been caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Solnick & Associates, LLC today.