VA continues to fend off wrongdoing and false death lawsuits

VA clinics and nursing homes continue to face lawsuits and resolve cases.

US District Court Justice Victor Bolden ordered Veterans Affairs (VA) to pay more than $ 9 million to Eric March, a Manchester, Connecticut-based resident after serving at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Haven, in the he had suffered a hernia, had committed medical abuse, had surgery. March, a veteran in the Navy, and his wife Dina received a total of $ 9.47 million in economic and compensatory damages, and the settlement is one of many in a string of litigation the VA has recently fought.

“This is a veteran who has entrusted his care to the US VA doctors, and I understand that a terrible mistake occurred during the operation,” said March’s attorney Kathleen Nastri von Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder. Thomas Carson from the US Attorney’s Office was tasked with fending off the allegations.

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The lawsuit of March 2017 states: “In June 2015 [plaintiff] was admitted to West Haven, VA Hospital for a laparoscopic hernia repair. In the days after he was released from the hospital, he complained of pain and fever. He went to another hospital where a CT scan found he had a perforated abdomen. Upon further examination, a doctor found that March’s bowel had emerged from the perforation in his abdomen and that he had a serious infection. “

During the trial, the plaintiff’s VA doctors “disagreed as to which of them inspected March’s stomach after the trial,” according to court records.

The VA and its clinics across the country have had to fend off lawsuits alleging cases of wrongdoing, negligence, and death over the years. Just a few weeks ago, the story of former Air Force aviator and Vietnam War veteran Joe Marrable broke out in which the 73-year-old veterinarian, who was in the late stages of lung cancer, moved to the Atlanta area to be closer to family. He moved to the Eagles Nest Community Living Center, a long-term care facility for veterans in Decatur, Georgia.

Marrable was attacked by a colony of fire ants in his room at the facility, “which bit him all over his body more than 100 times,” according to a subsequent lawsuit from his family that read: “Fire ants have been swarming the US for months. Veterans Department run nursing home Marrable lived in. And the VA did little to remove the insects. “

Internal reports from the center showed unsanitary living conditions and showed that several patients were bitten by fire ants at around the same time in June 2019. Marrable’s family is suing the federal government and the exterminator they hired for $ 20 million.

“The family is determined to raise awareness about the treatment of veterans at these facilities and to ensure that such things do not happen again to any other veteran,” said Josh Sacks, one of the family’s lawyers. “That is their dual purpose in pursuing the claim, and I think they have a keen interest in ensuring that their father, who served honorably in the Air Force, is remembered with dignity and respect.”

“I think it’s important that the VA is accountable and that veterans get the care they deserve and certainly the respect they deserve,” added Brewster Rawls. “When you run out of time, it becomes even more valuable to that person and their family.”


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