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VA treatment delays have deadly consequences for many in Ohio

We rely on the medical professionals in whose care we place ourselves to do what's right for us and reflects accepted standards of care. Failure to meet those standards can result in life-changing injuries. In the worst case situations, the consequences can be the death of a loved one.

The reality, though, is that it isn't always the mistakes that doctors and nurses make that cause problems. If they fail to take any action at all, the results can be just as devastating.

Those who suffer damage because of such negligence may wonder what their options are under Ohio law for obtaining compensation. To get the proper guidance about such matters, an attorney with experience in the area of medical malpractice should be consulted.

These kinds of issues have become a particular point of contention in relation to health care being delivered to U.S. military veterans and their families through the Veterans Administration. Claims about long delays in care and allegations that waits have resulted in some patients dying have brought the VA into critics' crosshairs. The VA's facilities in Ohio are not immune from the blitz.

As the Dayton Daily News reported recently, data from the VA indicates that between 2001 and the first half of 2013 more than 1,100 veterans may have died due to medical errors made or treatments delayed. In each instance, the VA reportedly paid to settle the claims. In 167 of the cases the words "delay in treatment" are said to appear in the records.

Of the deaths recorded, 16 are said to have occurred at the VA center in Dayton and 11 are attributed to facilities in Cincinnati. In one case from May 2012, the Dayton center paid out $140,000 on a claim of failure to diagnose a patient's condition. Another pending case seeking $3.5 million claims that delayed treatment resulted in a woman dying of cervical cancer.

Some observers suggest that the VA's settlements are not much different from what is seen in the private sector. But that is likely little consolation to those who have suffered as a result.

Source: Stars and Stripes, "'Delay in treatment' a factor in more than 100 deaths at VA centers," Josh Sweigart, Dayton Daily News, May 18, 2014 

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