Pennsylvania veterans suffered medical malpractice at VA hospital

Pennsylvania residents who have served in the U.S. military take great pride in defending the country we love. This often means putting their lives on the line for the good of the country, with no questions asked. Not only do these heroes often risk their lives in a war zone, but it has now been discovered that doctors may not be protecting their lives to the full extent at some VA hospitals. Many claims of medical malpractice at VA hospitals have ended in the death of U.S. military personnel, and the public is wondering why -- considering that much of the money paid in taxes goes to settling claims of medical malpractice.

After the Pittsburgh VA Hospital announced an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, they faced plenty of scrutiny. Five service members being treated at this hospital died as a result of the deadly disease. For many who work hard for their money, a large part of their tax dollars are used to settle claims of medical malpractice at the VA. In fact, over $845 million in tax money has gone to the VA to support the constant claims of medical malpractice.

In 2005, a veteran of the U.S. Marines entered the Philadelphia VA Hospital to have his wisdom teeth pulled. Doctors noted the Marine's blood pressure dropping periodically throughout the surgery. However, the doctor never stopped the surgery and even let the man drive home by himself, despite the warning signs of his blood pressure. After suffering a stroke and getting into a car accident on his way home from the surgery, he was left with a permanent serious brain injury and now requires 24-hour care. His wife sued the hospital and was awarded $17.5 million.

With Pennsylvania doctors often making errors in judgement or acting with negligence, the occurrence of medical malpractice suits may continue. Those who go in for routine procedures should be able to entrust in their doctor to take care of them. Our former war heroes, in addition to anyone else, should not have to suffer as a result of a doctor's substandard medical care. Anyone who has been a victim of medical malpractice has the option of filing a claim for financial compensation.

Source:, Target 11 investigates rise in medical claims at VA hospitals, No author, Nov. 25, 2013