Jump to Navigation
Contact 800-425-3861 | Free Initial Consultation | Call Us Anytime Day or Night

Malpractice issues plague Department of Veterans Affairs

The members of the United States Military often go into war-torn areas of the world as young, healthy individuals. Many of them return with health problems that can't be treated at their local clinic. They might need specialized care, including extensive mental health treatment. Sometimes there treatment options are limited to Veterans Affairs medical centers.

Recently, one VA hospital has come under intense scrutiny because of the poor quality of care patients have received, even prompting complaints by staff about hospital conditions. The publicity on the issue got so negative, the Department of Veterans Affairs sent in their most senior official in their hospital system to address the complaints. After hearing of improper sterilization, long wait times and misread radiological images, the official said that those issues were addressed and the hospital still has above average medical care and standards.

While standards might be in place, having such standards and written policies and procedures does not mean that those procedures are being followed. These issues can result in severe medical complications. If a radiologist fails to accurately read an x-ray or other scan, a person's condition could be misdiagnosed or missed entirely.

Our veterans deserve the best medical care possible. No matter what hospital a person is treated at, they shouldn't have to wait five hours for medical care when they have an appointment, and people shouldn't be concerned that a CT scan was misread, potentially leaving their condition undiagnosed, and possibly getting worse. Misdiagnosis and improper sterilization are medical malpractice issues, and patients should understand their rights if they become a victim of malpractice.

Source: New York Times, "Veterans Affairs Officials Offer Reassurance About Troubled Hospital," James Dao, April 3, 2013.

-Our law firm handles medical malpractice issues in New Jersey. Please visit our website to learn more.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Subscribe to this blog's Feed Visit Our Personal Injury Law Website

Can we help you?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Our locations | Lombardi and Lombardi P.A. offers a free initial consultation to all clients, and our attorneys and staff speak Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian and Polish.

Edison Office
1862 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820
Phone: 848-229-7046 
Toll Free: 800-425-3861
Fax: 732-906-7625
Map and Directions

10 Parsonage Road
Edison, NJ 08837
Phone: 732-205-0580
Map and Directions

Brick Office
721 Brick Boulevard
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-920-7599
Fax: 732-920-1569
Map and Directions

COMING SOON SPRING 2012
119 Chambers Bridge Road
Brick, NJ 08723

Freehold Office
402 West Main Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone: 732-780-0569
Map and Directions

Newark Office
180 Ferry Street, First Floor
Newark, NJ 07105
Phone: 973-589-3814
Fax: 973-589-3816
Map and Directions