Veteran’s Death at West Haven VA Hospital Prompts Investigation
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jan 04, 2016 in Medical Malpractice
Following the death of a 29-year-old veteran at the West Haven Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center, allegations of misconduct have been brought against the hospital.
The veteran was found dead in a hospital bathroom on Dec. 23, with unspecified illegal drugs on him. He was at the hospital for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has called for an investigation into the hospital after his staff received allegations of misconduct that led to the veteran’s death. Specifically, the veteran obtained the drugs while he was living in a residential inpatient setting.
The PTSD ward had rules that patients were not allowed to leave after a certain hour, and should have been locked in, according to a friend of the veteran.
Sen. Blumenthal also called for a review of the systemic problems related to staffing and security.
Several questions will be raised such as: If he obtained the drugs while he was a patient at the hospital, who supplied them? Also, how did he get out of the inpatient ward after hours? Was this an appropriate facility for the veteran, given his situation?
VA Medical Negligence
The VA system has been under much scrutiny in recent years due to a high number of preventable deaths, misdiagnoses, surgical errors and disease outbreaks. Implications of hospital negligence due to mismanagement were revealed in several reports by the VA Inspector General.
While serving 22 million veterans, the VA system also has had numerous medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits brought against them. On average, the VA pays out $100 million in malpractice settlements each year.
Our veterans put their lives on the line for our country. We believe we should do everything we can to ensure they are treated with care and dignity. If a VA hospital is found to be negligent, they should be held accountable.
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