Our nation’s veterans receive inadequate healthcare in this country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs continues to struggle to meet the unprecedented demand as new veterans begin to return from Iraq and Afghanistan and as aging Vietnam veterans begin to require more care. By all metrics, our nation’s veterans simply are not receiving the health care they deserve. Following increased media scrutiny, the VA claims it has hired over 1500 doctors in the past year to increase access to medical treatment. Yet, anecdotes of negligent care sadly persist.
The crisis stems, at least in part, from bureaucratic inefficiency. The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, for example, has had five directors in just three years. Unsurprisingly, the facility has consistently ranked among the lowest performing in the nation in delivering medical care. The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center has among the highest rates of in-hospital complication and adverse events following surgery and medical procedure across VA facilities nationwide. Consistency and quality in leadership, oversight, and management could at least minimize these adverse results.
Anecdotally, veterans routinely suffer from the negligence of medical professionals who miss or misdiagnose their conditions, resulting in serious injury. One veteran, for example, reported to the Emergency Room at the Oklahoma City VA in the fall of 2014. Although a CT scan demonstrated a clearly visible mass in his jaw, he was told he was in fine health. The mass was actually cancer, which spread to his liver and lungs during the delay in diagnosis. An independent specialist who reviewed cases like this one called the ongoing VA crisis “tragic” and “unbelievable.”
The attorneys at Swartz & Lynch have decades of experience in representing individuals who become the victims of medical negligence. If you have been injured by the negligent care of another, do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.