A retired 43-year-old U.S. Army veteran and long-time postal worker from St. Louis, Missouri had a cardiac stent implanted at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri during February 2009, after he experienced chest pain. The stent was implanted by using a catheter inserted through a large artery in his upper right thigh. He soon developed swelling and bleeding at the site where the catheter was inserted and an infection was found at the surgical site, requiring the artery to be surgically repaired. However, there was a delay of several days before the repair surgery was performed.
The veteran returned to the same VA Medical Center one week after the stent procedure, for the surgical repair of his damaged artery in his leg. The doctors at the VA Medical Center allegedly used infected tissue to patch the damaged artery. The man’s VA medical malpractice lawsuit further alleged that medical negligence by the VA doctors led to substantial blood loss that caused the man to suffer a severe brain injury. The infection in the man’s leg led to gangrene, which required that his leg be amputated.
The father of three lives with his wife, who now has to take care of her husband as if she has four children. The VA medical malpractice lawsuit was tried over a two-day period during October 2013. The federal judge approved the settlement of the malpractice claims on November 18, 2013, which provides for payment to the man in the amount of $6.5 million and an additional $1.5 million to his wife, for her losses.
The plaintiffs’ lawyer stated after the settlement was approved, “She did quite a good job of raising her kids. She is now raising a child, who is her husband, who will never grow up. Sometimes he is very depressed when he realizes what he can’t do.”
Other Claims Against The John Cochran VA Medical Center In St. Louis
It has been reported that a Florida man claimed in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in February 2013 that he was misdiagnosed with lymphoma that caused him to receive unnecessary radiation and chemotherapy treatment for months.
A nurse in the intensive care unit was banned from treating patients after injecting one patient with a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl (a powerful painkiller) and other egregious acts resulting in death or near death of patients in 2010.
Also in 2010, a nurse failed to recognize or report that a 58-year-old man became unresponsive during a five-hour dialysis treatment session; the man died.
In 2010, more than 1,800 veterans were notified that they might have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis, or other viruses because of inadequate sterilization procedures in the VA Medical Center’s dental clinic.
In February 2011, the VA Medical Center shut down its operating rooms after rust stains were found on surgical equipment. The operating rooms remained closed for one month during which the operating rooms were cleaned and faulty equipment was replaced.
Don’t our veterans, who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe, deserve better?
If you or a loved one were injured as a result of medical negligence at a VA medical center in the United States, you should promptly contact a local VA medical malpractice attorney in your state who may investigate the cause of your injuries for you and represent you in a federal medical malpractice claim, if appropriate.
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