Recent media reports have revealed that thousands of veterans have been subjected to needless waits and delays in hospitals operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Media reports allege that some VA hospitals were intentionally altering records to hide wait times. While waiting for medical care, some veterans have suffered catastrophic injuries and developed diseases that went undiagnosed for too long. Some have even died.
Attorneys with The Cochran Firm’s Washington, D.C. office are actively investigating claims related to veterans who developed serious health problems while waiting for care at the District of Columbia’s VA Medical Center. According to a recent audit, almost 600 patients have been waiting for care for 90 days or more for an initial health care appointment. Some of these patients may have had health conditions that worsened while enduring unnecessarily long wait times.
The law provides for veterans who suffered injuries while waiting too long for care at a VA hospital to file claims for their injuries. Families of veterans who died while waiting for care may also file legal claims to hold wrongdoers accountable.
If you or someone you love suffered serious health problems while enduring long months-long waits for medical care at a VA hospital, please contact The Cochran Firm’s Washington, D.C. office at 202-682-5800. Our team of experienced trial attorneys are analyzing claims against VA hospitals that imperiled the health of our nation’s veterans by negligently managing wait times. Please contact our team of legal professionals to receive a free case evaluation. All initial consultations are confidential and carry no obligation.
The Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center is located at 50 Irving Street, NW and treats approximately 64,000 veterans and has 291 patient beds. The VA medical care facility includes a large research program that conducts inquiries into diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and other health problems.