New Jersey men and women who put on a uniform to serve their country may expect to have their healthcare needs addressed in a timely manner, even after they take off the uniform. However, Department of Veteran's Affair medical centers apparently have a history of failing to adequately serve veterans' needs. Hospital negligence may have played a role in some individual's lack of proper care.
A veteran who had previously served in Vietnam was admitted to one VA hospital with potassium levels that were excessively high. According to his wife, they spent much of their time simply waiting for a doctor to see them. When the doctor finally did show up almost two days later, the veteran had apparently deteriorated to such a state that there wasn't much left to be done. He was transferred to another hospital but died days later.
The victim's wife further claims that the VA has failed to contact her concerning the incident. Additionally, they were never given any reason for the significant delay between being admitted to the hospital and actually seeing a doctor. In the past 10 years, the VA has paid almost $1 billion in medical malpractice claims to either the veterans themselves or their families.
Hospital negligence and other significant delays in healthcare can pose serious risk to New Jersey patients. In some instances conditions may worsen to a point where prolonged pain and suffering is a reality for victims, while others may succumb to their illness while awaiting the care of a doctor. For those seriously injured due to excessive wait times or other instances of negligence, a successfully litigated medical malpractice claim may be the correct course of action. Compensation can ensure that victim's medical bills related to the injury -- both current and future -- are taken care.
Source: kjrh.com, "VA hands out millions in malpractice cases according to oversight report by Sen. Tom Coburn", July 28, 2014