Dayton VAMC Malpractice problems.


Eagle-eyed member Loyal spotted these this morning. As much as VA likes to tout the Presumption of Regularity in this and that, and Doctors can do no wrong, we still read about these glaring VA “medical misadventures” which always seem to be the confluence of coincidence and bad luck with a supersize me of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

http://www.lancastereaglegazette.com/article/20120312/NEWS01/203120306/1002/rss01

http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2012/03/ohio_va_clinic_paid_940000_in.html

I guess I don’t have to say anything about my Imperial entanglements. I survived by finally qualifying for Medicare and escaped.

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3 Responses to Dayton VAMC Malpractice problems.

  1. KC says:

    My initial response was “is that ALL they paid out??”
    I guess the families were already well aware of the “generational timeline” (as in adjudicated in a generation or two) that claims alone take, and figured that a mere pittance is better than a 40 year court case. Shameful.
    As the Church Lady would say… “Isn’t that special?!”

  2. asknod says:

    Another item: A tort claim is decided by a U.S. District Court Judge, not a liberal Louisiana jury. They are well-know for being very niggardly in their awards. Look no further than one million $ being divided by so many. A rump sum under the best of circumstances. You’d get more at 100% P&T for 30 years.

  3. Loyal Blair says:

    Did you notice how the VA trivialized or minimized this? This is an insult to their famalies, and we should read the handwriting on the wall. The handwriting on the wall says, “We will pay out the money to this 72 and then it will be business as usual at the VA”. They said,

    “The hospital noted the six dozen claims represent a tiny fraction of the 3 million instances of patient care logged during the same years.”

    Im not buying this excuse. A serial killer, using this defense would not likely succeed: “Well, yes, your honor I did kill 72 people but out of the 5.5 billion humans on earth, that is a very low percentage, so most people were not harmed by me. Therefore, you should not put me in prison as the odds are against me killing any one particular person, even if you dont lock me up, because most people die of something other than murder by a serial killer.”

    Im not sure I want my medical care done by a hospital with 72 lawsuits against it, of which they already paid out more than a million dollars for 8 deaths. One patient died with a VA liver Biopsy…I dont think I want my VA doing one of them on me.

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