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Four veterans died due to medical malpractice at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic. This lead to more than $1 million in settlements with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs, reported by The Center for Investigative Reporting.
According to the report, The Department of Veterans Affairs paid nearly $1.4 million to four families in wrongful death cases following treatment at the Coatesville facility. Many veterans receive all of their medical care at VA facilities.
The Mercury News reported that those malpractice cases included:
• Failure to monitor a patient; filed on June 26, 2003 and closed on Jan. 1, 2005 for $100,000.
• The improper management of a psychiatric patient; filed on Oct. 3, 2005, and closed on Feb. 2, 2008, for $495,578.
• A wrongful diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a patient; filed on April 16, 2010, and closed on Aug. 19, 2011, for $300,000.
• Failure to monitor a patient; filed on April 23, 2010, and closed on Dec. 1, 2011, for $500,000.
According to the Mercury News, these are just four out of nearly 1,000 wrongful deaths reported against the VA at this facility alone.
Recently, President Obama spoke on this situation and his plans to do something about it. Hopefully we can get to the bottom of the allegations, that include fraudulent record keeping within the VA. No one deserves to be a victim of medical malpractice, let alone those who have fought for this country. To see evidence that these patients are being seriously harmed, or have died because of preventable medical mistakes is unacceptable.
Hospitals, HMOs, doctors and clinics have to practice patient safety and follow basic patient safety rules. And part of patient safety means preventing mistakes using a variety or systems, guidelines, protocols and checks.
For more information about the VA cases and medical malpractice allegations, go to www.pottsmerc.com.