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If you are a veteran and you or family members have been injured due to veteran medical malpractice, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD), a VA medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine whether you have a medical negligence lawsuit.

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Veterans Medical Malpractice

file your veteran hospital caseThe VA employees about 19,000 doctors and has 152 hospitals. Since 2003, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—that provides services for some 22 million American veterans—has paid out approximately $100 million a year to settle more than 3,000 veterans medical malpractice claims. In 2013 the agency tended to 5.6 million veterans, a 32 percent increase from 2002.

As of mid-2014, the VA has spent more than $50 million on medical malpractice claims, according to an analysis of Treasury Department records. In the ten years after 9/11, the VA paid $200 million to nearly 1,000 families in wrongful death cases.

In recent years the VA has been under scrutiny, namely for preventable veteran deaths, infectious disease outbreaks, VA employee bonuses and mismanagement.

Several VA Inspector General reports determined that a number of VA patient care problems are directly linked to mismanagement within VA facilities and that VA bonus pay has no definitive link to performance. Recently, one executive director received a cash bonus of $63,000, according to VA Accountability Watch .

Filing a VA Medical Malpractice Claim

Generally the easiest way to file an administrative claim is to use a Standard Form 95 Claim for Wrongful Death or Injury. Unfortunately it isn’t easy to sue the federal government, particularly without an experienced VA medical malpractice attorney If you were injured due to VA hospital malpractice by a doctor or any medical personnel at a VA hospital, a veterans' lawyer can sue the US government under a federal law called the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA).

The Federal Tort Claims Act allows a civilian to claim compensation from the US government when damage is caused by the negligence of an employee or agency (such as VA hospital malpractice) of the US government, including the Veterans Administration (VA). VA medical malpractice law falls within negligence law, which is applicable to all lawsuits by attorneys against medical professionals, from VA hospitals to doctors and dentists to podiatrists and chiropractors.

When you file a § 1151 claim (Federal Tort Claims Act Claim), it is imperative to be aware of the Statute of Limitations (SOL). Once you have filed, the SOL begins ticking for any federal tort claim. As a rule, you will have two years to present an administrative claim from either the date of malpractice, or the date that you knew or should have known of the malpractice. After you have filed, the question is whether you adequately investigated your legal options.

You can file a § 1151 claim without an attorney. However, you must prove that the VA’s medical treatment deviated from generally accepted medical standards. According to vamalpractice.info, many VSOs say that this can be extremely difficult and it means the veteran must fund the cost of supplying expert testimony, so the VA wins, because the veteran did not prove malpractice. If the VA denies you or a family’s claim, the family can appeal the case in federal court.

Increasingly, more medical negligence claims have been directed toward VA medical malpractice claims involving a wide range of mistakes, from prescribing the wrong medication to botched surgeries to failing to diagnose illnesses. Some mistakes have resulted in death.

One reason for the increase is that some 1.2 million additional soldiers are due to become veterans from 2013 through 2017, according to Bloomberg.com. And the median age of veterans is younger, meaning they tend to get larger malpractice payouts which reflect how long the victims will suffer. A study by the Labor Department reports the median range of veterans who served after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York and Washington was 25 to 34 years old, whereas veterans who served during the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam eras, had a median age range of 65 and older.

VA Medical Malpractice History

2004
VA Medical MalpracticeA "Primetime Thursday" investigation by Diane Sawyer uncovered disturbing information by hidden cameras about the quality of care and questionable management practices at some VA hospitals, including misdiagnosis. One patient, Terry Soles, who served in the Navy during the war in Vietnam, went to a V.A. hospital for two years complaining of intense abdominal pain and diarrhea. His wife finally took him to a private doctor, who diagnosed cancer: Soles died three days later.

A former VA out-patient clinic psychiatrist was convicted of nine misdemeanor counts of assaulting three patients under his care. He was later convicted of "improper sexual relationship with patient."

2005
The News Hour with Jim Lehrer reported on what the VA is doing to improve patient safety. It revealed many lapses in patient safety over the last decade, including lack of hand washing, wrong site surgery, and that the VA performs surgery on the wrong veteran about once a month. And VA infections frequently occur.

2006
Two years after a report regarding incompetent VA staff, US Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the VA was still doing a poor job of checking health care providers' backgrounds. (At least 63 cases of malpractice between 1997 and 2002 resulted because of the failure of a supervisor to oversee residents. These cases included misdiagnosis, surgical and medication errors, and inadequate care.)

2007
Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington was investigated after reports of sub-standard conditions at the hospital and treatment of veterans.

A surgeon at the Marion, Ill. VA hospital resigned after a patient bled to death following gall bladder surgery. Between October 2006 and March 2007 the VA reported that at least nine deaths resulted from substandard care at the Marion hospital.

2008
The brachytherapy program at the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia was shut down after it was learned that many veterans had received incorrect radiation doses over a six-year period.

VA Centers in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee potentially exposed 10,000 veterans to viruses including HIV and hepatitis due to inadequate sterilization of endoscopy equipment.

The VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia sent a letter to more than 1,200 patients who were treated for ear, nose and throat, warning them they may have been exposed to infections.

Following an investigation at the VA clinic in Murfreesboro, TN, officials discovered that clinic workers were not properly maintaining the medical equipment used to conduct colonoscopies. More than 6,000 patients were notified and offered free testing.

More than 3,200 veterans who received colonoscopies at the Miami VA medical clinic between May 2004 and March 12, 2009 are at risk of exposure to both Hepatitis and HIV.

2009
VA centers in three cities were accused of reusing colonoscopy and endoscopy equipment without properly sanitizing the equipment. At least 50 veterans tested positive for blood borne pathogens.

Approximately 600 veterans received letters from VA informing them of potential neurological diagnoses due ALS—Lou Gehrig's disease. They were not diagnosed with ALS.

Officials announced that veterans in South Florida may have been exposed to Hepatitis and HIV after being examined with contaminated medical equipment.

2010
More than 1,800 veterans at a Missouri VA hospital , were exposed to life-threatening viral infections, specifically hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). A former employee at the St Louis hospital told a congressional hearing that she warned a year previously that dental equipment sterilization was inadequate, but no action was taken. The VA determined that lapses in dental sterilization had occurred from Feb. 1, 2009, through March, 11, 2010.

2011
Approximately 80 percent of the 22,500 dentists and doctors and dentists working for the Veterans' Health Administration received performance pay boosts in addition to their base salary, totaling about $150 million. Additionally, about 20 percent of those medical professionals received performance bonus awards that cost more than $10 million.

Read more about VA employee bonuses.

2012
An audit of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center determined that facility employees did not complete required suicide prevention follow-ups 90 percent of the time for high-risk patients. As well, the audit found the center “noncompliant” in cleanliness of patient care areas, environmental safety, dental clinic safety, training and testing procedures.

A VA investigation found that a physician was responsible for misdiagnosed patient complaints and also failed to properly review medication information 56 percent of the time, a step that is “critical to appropriate evaluation, treatment planning, and safety.” Fayetteville VA Medical Center Director Elizabeth B. Goolsby received a performance bonus of $7,604.

2013
Shortly after the VA Inspector General found systemic failures at the Pittsburgh VA led to a recent Legionnaires' outbreak that killed at least five veterans and led to VA malpractice claims, the man in charge of the Pittsburgh system was receiving the government's highest career award that included a $62,895 bonus. The VA’s inspector general is conducting a criminal investigation into the outbreak, which involved bacteria in the hospital system’s water.

2014
VA failed to release internal documents that corroborated at least 19 preventable deaths and VA officials did not respond to direct questions in a House Veterans Oversight and Investigations Hearing.

VA Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

An army veteran who underwent a necessary surgical procedure filed a VA hospital malpractice lawsuit after frostbite, and then gangrene set in necessitating the removal of a five-inch section of the plaintiff's penis. Michael D. Nash of Louisville, Kentucky is seeking $10 million in compensation.

Four veterans died due to medical malpractice at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic, leading to $1.4 million in settlements with the VA, according to The Center for Investigative Reporting. Four families filed wrongful death lawsuits against the VA that included:
  • Failure to monitor a patient; filed on June 26, 2003 and closed on Jan. 1, 2005 for $100,000.
  • The improper management of a psychiatric patient; filed on Oct. 3, 2005, and closed on Feb. 2, 2008, for $495,578.
  • A wrongful diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a patient; filed on April 16, 2010, and closed on Aug. 19, 2011, for $300,000.
  • Failure to monitor a patient; filed on April 23, 2010, and closed on Dec. 1, 2011, for $500,000. Clerks at the Fort Collins VA clinic were shown how to falsify appointment records so it appeared that doctors were seeing patients within the agency’s goal period, according to USA Today. (The VA’s official policy is that patients should be able to see a medical professional within 14 days of their request or preferred appointment date. If the patient must wait longer, the delay should be documented.)


VA Medial Malpractice Settlements

VA records showed that malpractice payments increased 28 percent in 2012 from 2011. The US Treasury’s Judgment Fund paid out $72 million in 2011. Taxpayers have spent at least $700 million to resolve claims filed against the veterans agency since 2001.

As of May 2014, the VA has settled 68 federal trial court cases brought in 42 venues, from Maine to Southern California. Five of those settlements stemmed from the Northern District of Georgia and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, which provides coverage for 130,000 veterans.

The four Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in North Carolina settled 29 wrongful death cases worth $4.75 million in the decade after the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a new report from the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting.

In Illinois, 25 deaths at the Marion VA resulted in $7.7 million in wrongful death settlements, according to the Chicago Tribune April 30, 2014). The Tribune also reported wrongful death payments to the survivors of 12 veterans who died under the care of the agency's three Chicago-area hospitals, including $300,000 to the family of a veteran who died at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

In a wrongful-death settlement against the Fayetteville VA facility, the agency paid out $750,000. The death was caused by the VA’s “failure to diagnose,” meaning a conclusion that the patient had no disease or condition.

Tracy Eiswert’s husband and Iraq War veteran Scott Eiswert, age 31, shot himself in the head in 2008. The Nashville, Tenn., VA had denied his disability claim for PTSD. Three months after his death the agency admitted it made an error and began sending Tracy Eiswert survivor benefits checks of $1,195 a month. After Scott’s suicide, she moved into her car with her two young children. She has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the VA, mainly due to the toll her husband's suicide took on their children. The case, filed in 2010, is still pending.

A veteran at the Phoenix VA was diagnosed with reflux, although his blood pressure was high. A VA doctor recommended a cardiac stress test but he had to wait seven weeks. He died of a heart attack a few days later. The case settled for $800,000 in May, 2014.

In 2007 Christopher Ellison went to a Philadelphia VA medical center in Philadelphia to get eight teeth extracted. The surgery left him permanently incapacitated. Ellison and his family received $17.5 million in a malpractice judgment against the Department of VA.

Veterans Affairs wrongful death cases from Sept. 11, 2001, to Nov. 4, 2011:
  • Families who received payments. 978
  • Millions of dollars paid to these families. $209.7
  • Median payment in these claims. $150,000
  • Median number of days to process each claim. 673
This data was obtained and analyzed by The Center for Investigative Reporting.

Filing a Veteran Medical Negligence Lawsuit

cFiling a veterans' medical malpractice claim under the FTCA is complicated and typically requires help from VA medical malpractice lawyers who understand the requirements for filing medical negligence lawsuits. For instance, before you sue, an administrative claim has to be made against the VA for the full amount of damages you have suffered, and that is difficult and risky to determine. Once you have filed your administrative claim, you won't be able to ask for more damages—ever again--unless you have evidence that proves additional damages are warranted and you didn't have knowledge of them prior to filing your claim.

An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can help determine how much in damages you are entitled to receive and will make sure you don't "short change" yourself.

After your administrative claim is filed with the FTCA, the VA is entitled to six months for investigation and review of your claim. The VA can then do the following:
  • Accept the claim and pay it out in full
  • Settle the claim for less
  • Reject the claim outright.
If your claim is rejected, your next step is to file a lawsuit in federal court. If the VA does nothing within six months, this means that your claim has been rejected. You can sue in federal court under the FTCA, which allows you to file a lawsuit within 2 years of discovering your injury and what caused it. But keep in mind that this timeframe includes the 6-month time period needed to file and complete your administrative claim. It is imperative that you meet these legal deadlines; if not you may lose your claim forever. A veterans' lawyer experienced in VA medical malpractice can help to protect your claim and possible recovery.

VA Legal Malpractice

If you have a VA Medical Malpractice claim, it is important that you work with a lawyer who is experienced and specializes in VA Medical Malpractice. Some veterans have their malpractice cases dismissed because their attorney wasn't experienced with VA issues and procedural requirements for bringing a claim under the FTCA. If your lawyer told you that your VA medical malpractice claim was valid, you may have a legal malpractice claim against your lawyer.

A number of VA hospitals have in place an "apology law": administrators and health officials admit their mistakes immediately and negotiate with the victims for extremely low settlements. Although a small settlement can help short-term, lawsuit settlements are typically 6 to 28 times greater than what hospitals are offering.

Veteran Medical Malpractice Legal Help

If you are a veteran and have suffered injuries or negligence at a VA hospital, please click the link below to submit your complaint to a veteran malpractice lawyer for a free claim evaluation.

Last updated on Jun-5-14

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READER COMMENTS

Posted by
Solomon BEY
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Iam a combat veteran who's sufferred undignosedillness"s since the first(GulfWAR)Ive been told now after submitting an claim for joint ,muscles pains and being denied twice that now I may have an bone deterioration due to exposures in the gulf!Ive now been loseing the use of left arm and find it difficult functioning with sharp pains after blood/labs at veterans out patient clinic in my hme town in southern Delaware.After returning from two tour of duty in combat zone middle in middle east and being held at medicial hold at duty base in Virginia my service time was up and I had not any interrrest of reenlisting suffered savere trumas and assults which Ive developede(PTSD)Isubmitted claime at veteran administration in Delaware veterans regional offices and Maryland regional veterans offices and was denied andtold none combative relative not being able to conduct life as normally loss of wife chidren and family members suferring as a result of behavioralheath isssues/PTSD systoms the claim I first submitt4d in the 90s Ive just recently been granted(comb)PTSD I disagree with rating and process Not able to hold employment nor will anyone willing to hire a psycho/military guy!

Posted by
Larry Jones
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surgery to wrong part of body,year long wait for outside treatment
with many infections still waiting,dentist bill va for work he did not do to my mouth.

Posted by
Kentucky
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My husband died as a result of not having his disability claim settled, not getting proper care, not getting appointments in a timely manner and not being given the proper information about his care.

Posted by
New York
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My loved one was diagnosed with stage four esophogeal and gastrointestinal cancer in October 2014 after being treated for indigestion and an ulcer for MONTHS! HE died 3 weeks ago.

Posted by
Anonymous
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Given wrong meds lead to perminate damages and perminate disability I am unemployable at a v.a 's neglect

Posted by
Massachusetts
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I was supposed to have a cyst on my face removed and the doctor cut into my face, left a scar and didn't even remove the cyst. I now have a visible scar on my face and need to have a another surgery. He didn't even want to help me in the first place .... long story.

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Texas
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I had a very bad infection spread by the insertion of an IUD in a VA hospital that resulted in me being hospitalized for 4 days. The VA hospital refused to re-examine me when I returned because of pain. The infection spread to my abdominal and pelvic areas.

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Texas
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Infection from knee replacement surgery. Six months of pain and suffering because they would not do it right. Had to go to the ER in Yuma Regional Hospital twice because the infection was so bad. They still would not replace the knee (prosthetic) for one that was not infected. The doctor said the infection was gone after a quick surgery to flush it out. Went home to Yuma and the infection was back again, but even worse. Went to the ER at Yuma Regional the second time. Tucson VA would not ok for a transport to the VA hospital there, and told me that I was on my own, and would have to pay for the bills to the ER and hospital myself. All the records from Yuma Regional can be sent to you no problem.

Posted by
Texas
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Gallbladder ruptured and VA keep saying it was just back pain.

Posted by
North Carolina
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On Jan. 22, 2015, I had a fusion of the L-5 and S-1. This would be my third back surgery. Four titanium screws and two rods were implanted. I have serious pain in my left calf and left foot now, as well as areas of extreme numbness. Hard to walk, sit, or lay down. I was not told that my condition may get worse after surgery. I have high blood pressure and I feel the meds are affecting that as well.

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Anonymous
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I went to Tampa VA medical center ER for severely damaged foot xray Technical reader state tissue damaged but no breaks or fractures present. I was admitted and treated by 2 stupid graduated interns from USF college? Time after time I request 2nd opinion and for the attending DR. To come by. I stayed Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday with no real Doctors evaluation? The only person who came to evaluate me was physical therapy????? He said oh its a high sprain and place a stupid sleeve wrap over my foot causing more pain and suffering? I was told by the 2 stupid interns Monday to go home that I was discharged follow upWednesday with my primary who personally treated me with intelligence like a real Doctor should! This very excellent primary care Doctor consulted with podiatry and personally went there to get them to see me, which they did? MY primary care real physician they wheeled me over to Podiatry and I was told by another super excellent Doctor that I had a lot of damage just how much? She couldn't tell me till I had a CT scan? Well after a shuffle game 4 hours later I had my CT scan. This Doctor in Podiatry said that I had a lot of damage and some shattered bones? By this time 6 days after damage the foot was already beginning to mend in the damage position. This Doctor who was real got me scheduled for emergency surgery on Friday 8 days after damage! Now after a long wait they spent lunch cutting my foot open repositioning the shatters bones, fusing them to my ankle and installing a erector set holding the bones into place. Prior to surgery my entire foot from the top of my ankle all the way around the heel down to all the toes, side to side, top and bottom,front to back was completely black!!!!!!! Which told that the tissue was dying. I just knew I would come from surgery with no foot? But by God's will and a very super excellent primary care Doctor named Dr. Mark Davis and a very excellent podiatry Doctor named Dr lesly Johnston. These 2 real Doctors full of pride takening my foot and saved it? I will forever be grateful to them cause I can at least walk on my feet? Although it will never be 100% it is a million times better than it could have been? Needless to say the same 2 interns treated me that weekend after surgery and I asdk if they saw the xray both stated no and even if they did they couldn't read it cause they were not taught to read xray film in school? I told them both to go back to school get there money back and go into another field because ASD Doctors they are worthless? I also told them to leave me alone and leave my medication alone because instead of stopping my blood pressure medicine they should have stopped DIVALPROEX otherwise know as Depakote which once it flushed out of my system I stopped blacking out which is the cause of me damaging my foot when I blacked out and colasped on my foot shattering the bones?

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Texas
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I was having pain in my hip and started going to the VA to find out what was going on. They took x-rays, MRI, but didn't really diagnose me with anything in particular. They would just give me shots or Toradol. This went on for at least a year and then I decided to go to an outside doctor because it was getting worse. I couldn't sit long or stand. The outside doctor did an MRI and found out that there was no blood getting to the bone in my hip and it was necrotic. I had to be put on crutches so I couldn't put any weight on the hip because it might have shattered. I had to have a total hip replacement in November of 2013.

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Anonymous
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I was medivaced out of Vietnam with an unknown skin disease, but treated with chloroquine in June 1971. The Army never admitted I had Malaria, but about 1 year later and just a couple months after my discharge, extremely high fever and a coma nearly killed me. I had malaria and a reaction to chloroquine used to treat malaria, but they treated me for Plasmodium Vivax, and not the type I had, Plasmodium Falciparum. The chloroquine and plasmodium falciparum combination causes the reaction and the army knew it. It has ruined my heart, respiratory system, and intestinal systems. I filed a claim in 1983 for "eczema ", because I was only told they did not know what I had, and was left with a debilitating itch. It's plain Bullsh*t...that the Army would be so lowlife as to plain old lie, lie right to your face, and dare you to do anything about it. The Army knew exactly what I had, allowed me to suffer all my life, that is why they never admitted it! I want my story to be made public, because I have been screwed over but this may help another veteran. Around two months after my discharge from active-duty I suffered severe headaches vomiting fever convulsions and then a coma. I knew nothing for a week except a few minutes here and there when I would receive baths in ice water and ice cubes, to try and keep my fever below 104 degrees. I survived, but because of all my blood vessels being clogged from plaque because of the malaria, I had a number of little strokes then a pretty bad one. I was hospitalized in Vietnam for a couple weeks, then evacuated out to Japan for a week, then on to the States. All of my medical records for a 10 month period have been systematically expunged from my file, any treatment related to malaria and agent orange exposure have disappeared, very conveniently for the Army. Now, these parasites and chemicals were allowed to destroy me, and the Army is surely surprised that I am still alive, but I will be silenced by one of those 3 in the end. One or both, the malaria or agent orange, is destroying my liver as I write this, and it aches nawingly all the time, along with my testicles. My prostate is enlarged and was tender and sensitive right after I returned from Vietnam, but that meant nothing to the Army. I can't swallow at times and food and drink won't go down, and my throat gives me trouble just like in Vietnam and after, but the people of the VA tells me that has nothing to do with malaria, or my claim for "eczema". The itch from eczema is because of a service connected condition or disease I aquired in Vietnam, causing me to be medivaced out of Vietnam, yet, I can not get the VA to realize any corralization between "PRURITUS and ITCH". They apparently are the opposites of each other, and the leftover debilitating itch and hives, rashes, swelling have nothing to do with urticaria, eczema, malaria, or skin condition. I have reopened my claim from 1983, but insiders say I will be denied again, no matter what. Agent Orange exposure did not exist in 1983, or at least admitted, so I was automatically denied because of AUTH: NOP notes of Jan. 11, 1983, Deferring Service Connections, but the Army knew in 1967 that the skin diseases were having an impact in Military Operations in the Delta. In 1971 I was naive and 19 years old, and did what I was ordered to do. I was ill, but did my duty. I never dreamed I would need documents and proof of every medical treatments I received in the Army, because they kept good records. At least I did when I worked in personel, but apparently, I was the only one in the history of the Army that DID keep good records for the Army. Well, besides the blistering, and hives, whelps, swelling, headaches, stomach cramps, strep throats, eye aches, at a time in 1981, I bled for 2 months from a vasectomy and blamed the doctor. 2 years ago this coming May 22, 1015, I lost half my blood into my abdomen, after a simple appendix operation. This surgeon was in disbelief also, but the VA will say there is no connection in malaria and blood diseases, or itch. What word do you use on a service connected disability when you can't sleep because you itch to bad to relax? When you are just told "UNKNOWN", that is a dirty trick the VA has up their sleeve to deny anything and everything. So, 42 years later, I still have the bleeding problem, and the VA will let me die before admitting guilt in any form, and I guess compensation is almost admitting guilt. The service organizations like the VFW and DAV are all employees of the VA, lol, and they will not rat on the boss, but Paula Padene had more balls than any man in the VA, more backbone, more goodness than, and isn't just living for the money, she has some honor!

Posted by
Arizona
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In brief, in January 2014 I complained about pain in the groin area. and had procedures done and was told there was nothing wrong with me. Throughout the whole year of 2014 I had x-rays just to be told I had a slipped disk in the lower back and that was causing my pain. I told the VA that I was having a hard time walking and they gave me muscle relaxers to help but nothing worked. As it turns out, in September of 2014 I was diagnosed with embryonal carcinoma that had metastized throughout my whole body, and as a result, I can hardly stand up and I cannot walk, and I am in a lot of pain.

Posted by
Illinois
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Father died at the VA due to sepsis, which I believed to be caused by negligent care provided.

Posted by
New York
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My husband died from C-diff resulting from failure to diagnose. He received treatment, ICU admission and was on all of the type of medications that would raise vunerability, lower resistance or enhance establishment of C-diff.

Posted by
Arizona
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My wife was diagnosed while on duty with breast cancer. The result was chemo and a mastectomy. Not long after retiring, she noticed a sore spot in her sternum, and brought it to the attention of two VA clinic doctors who ignored it and did not do research or tests. Less than two years later, I took my wife to a local ER because she had been throwing up, and had unrecognizable speech. I was told after her first MRI that the doctor wanted to do another with dye. They did it, and at 1:30 a.m., we were told that my wife had brain cancer. She went through treatment, but it was too invasive to stop. She died in December of 2006.

Posted by
New York
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My husband died waiting for a heart appointment with the VA in Orlando, Florida. He begged for over three years to see a heart doctor when he had congestive heart failure. He died on July 24, 2014. After he died, on August 8, they set up a heart appointment with a heart specialist. Just to cover their butts. It was way too late. I suffer every day without my husband. What was done to him was wrong. He suffered and so am I. I am very depressed, have serve panic attacks and anxiety. Had to move back to New York from Florida.

Posted by
Virginia
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My father was being treated at a VA Hospital in Richmond, VA. He complained of weight loss, lethargy, constipation, etc. He was diagnosed with anemia and constipation but they never sent him to a GI specialist even with GI symptoms. He started with symptoms on 5/11. He passed away 5/12 with stomach cancer. His cancer was HER-2 positive, which means a more positive outcome had he been diagnosed and treated sooner. There are specific chemo drugs to combat HER-2 antigen. Standard of practice is that anyone with GI symptoms and anemia should be given an endoscopy and colonoscopy.

Posted by
Georgia
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Waited for over one year for the VA to deal with the bone spur lodge deep into my spinal cord from a service-related injury. They only outsourced me after the VA scandal broke in August 2014. I was left with paralysis, inability to control my bladder and lost my job. I am still fighting with them to address my lower back spine issues. I have filed a claim over one year ago and it’s still not resolved...it’s not even moved past investigation phase.

Posted by
Anonymous
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I have to write this and I just can’t understand why this happens. I meet a veteran’s daughter and she was in tears because the Orlando va hospital did not tell her father that he had cancer. So instead of them telling him or finding the cancer he went to another hospital only to find out that he had cancer. So once again Orlando va medical center has did what most of them do, just sit back and hope that the veteran dies and they have nothing to do or pay for his care. I am just writing this to let you know that there is a veteran here in Sanford Florida that needs help and cannot get the help he needs from the va, but only to be told that there is nothing is wrong, only to find out that he has cancer from another hospital. This story needs to be known and something needs to be done.

Posted by
Colorado
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Lack of proper medical evaluation and failure to communicate proper medical condition over a two-year period. I was told that they could only treat one condition so chose one.

Posted by
Arizona
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My late husband complained to VA doctors for at least two years about a nagging cough we thought might be serious. It was passed off by the VA first as as bronchitis, then pneumonia (treated with antibiotics after a chest X-ray). Then his primary VA doc suggested "Maybe you have asthma, try this inhaler." He had a small malignant tumor that "could have been surgically removed if caught in time" (VA oncologist). Because the diagnosis was delayed, the cancer metastasized to the lymph nodes and was considered inoperable. He was subjected to extensive radiation and chemo treatments before succumbing to side effects from the chemo.

Posted by
Texas
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Service-connected disabled veteran who had a total left knee replacement in 2009. The day of surgery, I was informed I had an infection; however, my orthopedic surgeon continued with the surgery. I have been experiencing severe pain and swelling of that knee, plus the knee gets extremely hot.

Posted by
Florida
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My husband was being treated by the VA for over two years. He was misdiagnosed by the VA as having depression when he was really suffering from bi-polar disorder, which was diagnosed by a civilian hospital after two suicide attempts. I was unaware of this diagnosis until December of 2013. He did, however, commit sucide on August 31, 2011, leaving behind myself and our two sons. As of yet, we have received nothing from the VA. Also important to note is that the VA placed him on an antidepressant known to make someone suffering from bi-polar disorder worse.

Posted by
South Carolina
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Bladder cancer. They were treating me for urinary tract infections and it took months to get appointments. By the time they actually gave me a ct scan, it had spread and now they say I might live five years and it could’ve been removed but they waited so long to do operation that they had to stop during surgey because the bladder was stuck to the pelvic bone like cement and that's just the short part of everything that happened, and now I'm going to die because of it. I had a really good chance if they would have done their damn job.

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Anonymous
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My name is Robert Ingram, 49 years old. I’ve honorable discharged from the Army in 1992. I've been going VA Hospital since 1992. I've been sick the whole time since I've been out in the service. I am hundred percent disabled Veteran. In the year 2004, I went to see an orthopedic surgeon in VA Hospital and nothing was done for over two years.
Until one day an intern student went to my room and asked what we're doing today. For two years I’ve been waiting to treat my shoulder and only student came to me without doctor. I raised my voice and told him that I need an orthopedic doctor , the next time I know the surgeon came was angry and told me that I should never yelled his student.
That's the start where they wrongly cut my tendons in my shoulder instead of just clean out or scraping. But when I woke up, I saw my tendons on my elbow, and Dr. Crosbey did it. I asked why they cut and he said "sometimes we'll do it.” Then after 3 months this doctor from Dayton VA hospital that cut both my tendons left to Florida. After a year I went to my advocate to fix my arms but they never did only just laugh on me. So I let Dr. Ames, an outside surgeon doctor fixed my arms and he found out that the tendons was already rotten. He found ways to fix it but he said only 20% left use and next surgery will lock it up.
In 2007, I went to my kidney doctor for I had always pain in my mid stomach so I had my MRI done. But the VA doctor told me that it was only enlarge a little, eight days later I went to Kettering Medical Center because I was in pain at 1:45 AM. So I was rushed in for surgery and found out 25 gallstone and get ready to bust and ended up in Mersa because it was already infected.
The summer 2010, my legs given up and I have chest pain and my Primary Care doctor send me to vascular surgeon to check my blood clots. She can't find anything and told me that nothing wrong with it. But by 2:30 AM I got up and went to Kettering Medical Center and was put to ICU and found out that I have 5 blood clots, two in each legs and one in my left and right lungs and now I'm immune in blood clots due to I'm already immune. My blood clots was bigger than my fists. I will be dead right now if they did not done it soon.
There's been a lot of misdiagnosis that they did that I think they made it in purpose because I made lots of complained to the doctors in Dayton VA Hospital and I think I am already in their .hit list.
I am mentally and physically abused by them that I was in hospital bed more than walking. In 2013, I have 2 root canals and it took me forever to get in. For over a month I was given the strongest antibiotic they have. But because of poor sanitation and hygiene or without proper sterilization my gum was infected. I was admitted in Dayton VA because my levels bottoms out,
I was their for 3 days and they were giving me double on my antibiotics without informing me. My heart rate stayed at 220 beats a minute the whole time I was there ,and I would show the nurses but they all said the same thing. "If I was you, I would go back and lay down. My heart just dropped, and on the third day I went into two cardiac arrests and they were six nurses in there and all my water was running off me like a running stream. I asked if anyone going to help me or what. They just said we're doing it. My blood pressure was 240 over 140 an heart rate was 43.I was dying and they were letting me die, I put my head between my legs and prayed, and woke up by myself with my belly button was over the rail, and hanging over upside down, I was alone. My Doctor came in the room and said I heard you had an episode, and grinned, went in my second over dose and I know this for sure if it wasn’t for my God Almighty, I would have died last labor day.
Now my teeth costing me around $6 thousand dollars to fix for what the Dayton VA clinic done to me. for 10 yrs. I'm about to give up hope of being heard and being help. Last week my primary doctor raised my hytrin and doubled my blood pressure andI was lifeless .I live day by day hour by hour, min.by min. I’m a 49 year old man that lost my heart and spirit and tired of being mentally and physically abused. This is my last try. I tried channel 7 news for 6 yrs. and not even a phone call back. I was there Persian Gulf to protect my country and nobody protect and help me now. I WROTE MY CONGRESSMAN 4 TIMES AND NEVER HAD A RESPONSE. I am somebody who is desperately needing someone to help me. Please reach out to me, so I can expose of their wrongdoings. By the way my primary doctor quit after seeing me...The Dayton VA Hospital messed up and if not the Kettering hospital was the one who saved me 5 times from dying. I live in my house and totally disabled now, at 49 lost what things I used to be able to do. The VA Hospital sent me a care provider twice a week and it destroyed where I lived a fun life. It was taken from me, they won't stop trying to kill me until someone stands up for the weak victim and oppressed.

Hoping that this letter will be heard and have a heart and sympathy for me.


Sincerely,
Robert Ingram
937-499-0609




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Pennsylvania
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My father was sick with a cough for over a year. The VA hospital kept giving him cough medicine even though he continued to get more fatigued. After a year passed with no results and he was feeling worse, they finally took a look at his lungs. He had lung cancer that went undiagnosed so at that point, nothing could be done to help him. He died several months later

Posted by
Ohio
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They misdiagnosed my mother with pneumonia several times and she died of lung cancer.

Posted by
Pennsylvania
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Upon discovering a severe lung mass, the Lebanon VA failed to treat or diagnose the mass for upwards of 3 weeks. He was continually sent home where we were kept updated on blood results. After weeks of fighting for sooner appointments, the family brought him into the ER of Lebanon VA, where we later found that these results were of an alarming emergency. Both the triage nurse and ER doctor informed the family that he should not have been sent home and that he should have been brought in immediately after the blood results were made aware. Currently, he is in York Hospital in sedation and on breathing equipment.

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Illinois
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From the start the VA has neglected me. I first saw the doctor in August 2012. I went in with diabetes and a bad leg from diabetes and a bad hip.
They put me off and put me off until I had to go to the hospital with my leg getting swollen. It turned out to be gangrene. I lost my lower leg. They immediately (2 weeks) kicked me out of the VA and sent me to a rehab center for five months. I then waited for a prosthetic leg and rehab. They sent me back to the VA to restart rehab. We then found out I had a bone infection where then they had to cut off more of my leg. I am still in the VA and waiting on a prosthetic. I have not been home since August 2013. Now still without a prosthetic, they want to kick me out on Sept. 26 2014. NO LEG AND NO REHAB!

Posted by
North Carolina
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My husband died last week, suddenly from massive bleeding in the stomach, from cancer. He was told by VA doctor he was only anemic.

Posted by
Arizona
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My husband's health has increasingly deteriorated. Long list of things have occurred but briefly these are some of the issues. Waited eight hrs. in PHX VA emgergency room and never seen. Countless Dr. appts canceled by VA and new appt not avail for months later; was supposed to have oxygen delivered but they forgot. Dr. told him he had cancer, then when we called back to find out more info, another Dr. said no that wasn't correct. Found out he had strokes but nobody had mentioned this before. Did a re-evaluation from three yrs prior and came back no change even though he can barely walk, loses balance and falls, oxygen level is low, has memory loss, confusion, night terrors where he literally jumps out of bed, and has injured himself falling on floor and hitting head. Has complete lack of bladder and bowels, etc, etc, and yet they claim everythng is fine.

Posted by
Tennessee
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My husband was a patient at the VA Hospital in Memphis, TN. His care was substandard resulting in infections, a bedsore so severe you could see his spine, malnutrition; administered a recalled drug contaminated with glass, etc...He passed away July 26, 2014. I need legal advice. Thank you!

Posted by
New York
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After a procedure by a VA podiatrist, while removing calluses from left foot near big toe, caused a laceration, which not only did not heal but turned into gangrene. Less than two months later, the toe had to be amputated. The VA podiatrist was fully aware of a diabetes condition and not only failed to treat the wound properly, but also misdiagnosed the infection, prescribing meds for it.
Claim for service-connected injury was filed for the amputation and it was denied.

Posted by
Anonymous
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August 2002,ventral hernia Laparoscopic, ended up open surgery from.first nite at home my body fold me something wrong. Four years went by and smelly substance kept seeping.2006 surgery, more surgery. Finally in july 18 th. 2014 open surgery, took four hour's,? From surgeon it was intense and very imotional. Two surgeons, one surgeon said what was surgeon of 2002 thinking inserting wrong mesh, second surgeon for 2014 at bedside told interns never install mesh like this.for 14 years. I have suffered, hoping now that surgeon's for 2014 will document problems in my medical records. Filed 1151 in 2004 now in remand for four year's, I will not give up,, even my own primary care physician for 12 years told me surgeons make miatake.now to prove negligence, wrongful and to pursue disability conpemsation.

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California
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Kidney sonogram was misread and reported to have a cyst with no major concerns until another doctor just happened to look at the sonogram later and discovered a stage 3 cancer. The doctor also told me the initial report stated the problem with the left kidney when in fact it is the right kidney. The VA doctor told me that I had grounds for legal council and that I should seek help with the matter as he says this problem keeps occuring in the Fresno VA.

Posted by
Nevada
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Deliberate delay in antibotics resulting in 8-day hospital stay and 10 months of healing for relatively minor injury. Deliberate denial of pain medication resulting in months of intense suffering. Ignoring another Doctors' diagnosis and test referral again, resulting in extended suffering and delay in proper treatment. Still a work-in-progress, thanks to a change in Physician, but original Doctor needs to be held accoutable.

Posted by
Anonymous
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Emergency hernia surgery 6/2/12; explant of infected biological mesh, resulting in testicular cyst 3/14/13; treatment and pre-op in Urology, discover sponge left in during last operation 8/14/13; removal of sponge 9/17/13. I filed an 1151 & FTCA in September 2013. Worthless counselor on 1151; they're still "reviewing". FTCA settled for $176,000 4/24/14, told it would take six-eight weeks (from 6/2/14), when I finally signed the settlement transmittal voucher. Impossible to track status; syill have three weeks to go, but can assure you it will go the distance (or longer). This is a "didn't happen" case-nothing reported to medical boards! Checks in the mail.

Posted by
Colorado
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Facial nerves cut by "student doctor" during removal of tumor, resulting in TMJ.

Posted by
California
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Misdiagnosed a carcinoma as a cyst on my head and did nothing for 6 months until it grew into a large mass that won't go away even after radiation.

Posted by
Michigan
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My dad died as a result of the VA system dragging their feet. My dad was supposed to have a pacemaker/defibrillator installed in early 2012, and the VA kept pushing it back until he had a massive heart attack in May 2012. He was 100% service-connected disabled for Ischemic Heart Disease directly linked to Agent Orange. After the massive heart attack, his heart only functioned at 8%. They finally installed the machine in June 2012 and he died in August 2012. If they would have installed the machine when they were supposed to, the heart attack he had wouldn't have been massive and wouldn't have damaged his heart that much, which caused organ failure because it couldn't keep his kidneys functioning enough.

Posted by
North Carolina
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Death of veteran due to malpractice at the Fayetteville, NC VA hospital.

Posted by
Missouri
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SEVERE BRAIN DAMAGE AS A RESULT OF SUBDURAL HEMATOMA CAUSED BY THE PRESCRIBING BLOOD THINNERS (ASPIRIN). VA THEN FAILED TO CHECK BLOOD CLOTTING (CLAVIX). THIS RESULTED IN A RUPTURE OF A BLOOD VESSEL IN THE BRAIN. SURGERY COULD NOT BE PERFORMED FOR 2 DAYS DUE TO BLOOD NOT CLOTTING. BLOOD WAS DRAWN & TESTED AT LEAST 4-5 TIMES ANNUALLY. I FEEL VA WAS NEGLIGENT IN PRESCRIBING THIS MEDICATION THEN NOT INCORPORATING A PROPER SYSTEM TO CHECK THE CLOTTING CONDITION OF THE BLOOD. I ALSO SUFFER FROM PTSD WHICH IS NOW BEING FURTHER AGGRAVATED.

Posted by
New Hampshire
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Improper handling of patient during procedures lead to damaged renal arteries and subsquent massive hemorrhage and emergency surgery in "private" hospital to save Veteran's life....

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Anonymous
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I don’t think that my father’s story will change the world. Nor do I think that I will get anything out of this. I write this now because this is the time when someone out there might listen. My concerns held no weight when I was younger because I was just an “Emotional teen that just lost her father and looking for someone to blame”. I can only hope that my father’s death will be able to help someone, anyone. I don’t know how but at the very least I am happy that I go a portion of his story out into the world.
In October of 2000 my father took himself into the La Jolla VA hospital in CA and was dismissed after a long wait and after very little attention given to him. The hospital staff sent him home with flu like symptoms. There were no tests given, no blood drawn, nothing to confirm that all he was suffering from was the flu. Mind you my father was a very stubborn man and would have not gone into the hospital seeking help if he thought for a second that he merely had the flu. It turns out he was right and the people that treated him that day where dead wrong.
Not even twenty hours after being dismissed my father staggered into my mother’s garage with a bloody nose and barely able to stand. He told me to drive him to the hospital. Under no circumstances was I to call an ambulance because “I can’t afford it.” He said. Being that I was only 18 what my father said went. I drove him to the La Jolla VA hospital as quickly as I could. Yes he was placed in a room and was given tests but this was not in a very timely manner. Yes he was seen faster than he had the day before but before he slipped into a coma he only received a moderate amount of attention. After he slipped into a coma he got more attention.
One bit of attention I did not appreciate was how the staff, meaning well, without the permission from myself or anyone in my family decided that my father needed to look more presentable. They shaved off his beard and cut off his long hair. Yes my dad looked like a bum to some people. Yes he lived in a truck outside of our house to stay close to myself and my brother. He had a job and it was his choice to live the way he did. He made those choices because of his beliefs and desire to be a nonconformist. After serving his time in the army and overseas in Vietnam he came back to the states and experienced a type of discrimination against him and others who severed during that time. He wore his pride and ideals on the outside with his long hair and long white beard and vet hat. Seeing him shaved and clean cut upset me and my family because it was like the staff slapping us in the face with what they believed was respectable. I digress.
Being that I was the only next of kin that was of age it was my duty to see that my father passed in dignity. I only kept him on life support for four days. It was never his wish to stay on life support. Having to be responsible for his life and death at that age is not easy. His final diagnosis was multiple strokes caused by a clog in the back of his neck. The mini strokes had started when he had originally brought himself in before he suffered a major stroke when he stumbled into my mother’s garage.
Is it possible that if the people that treated him that first day had paid more attention to his symptoms or if they had done a test that would have looked at more than his blood sugar levels would he have lived longer? Would he have been able to come to my weeding four years after this day? Would he had been able to meet his grand kids? Did he die because he looked like a homeless vet? Would he have been given better treatment if he had gone in clean cut and dressed in a manner that would have made the staff see him as anything other than a homeless vet?

Posted by
Ohio
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Failure to diagnose cancer and renal failure.

Posted by
Florida
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In Mar. 2013, I had a pre-op Chest CT. Two nodules were seen on the left lung. VA never mentioned it to me. In fact, I was back in the hosp in Aug. '13 with L-sided chest pain & nothing was done. In Feb. of 2014, I had a bad fall and a civilian ER saw the nodules and it was eventually diagnosed as malignant melanoma. I will be dead within 1-2 years. I was told by an oncologist that after the 2013 CT, I should have been scanned every 3 months and was not even told.

Posted by
Arizona
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My husband was involved with the delayed medical care from the VA hospital; he received a lot of drugs for things that were never wrong and finally 3 days before his death, they miraculously found bone cancer, but was too far gone to treat... The other five years numerous tests stated he was cancer free. He developed fluid in his lungs for over a year, and all they did was drain the lungs. In fact, he was in the hspital pending a surgery from October until his death in Dec. while they tried to stablize him for surgery because his lungs were filling faster than they could drain. My emails to Sen John McCain have gone ignored. What are my options if any...
Thank you.

Posted by
Washington
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Oral cancer misdiagagnosis for months. Had to go to a private physician as the VA said I was fine. 4 Times. Life-threatening carcinoma.

Posted by
Georgia
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I NEEDED AN MRI FOR SURGERY AND WAS NEGLECTED FOR OVER A YEAR.

Posted by
Arizona
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Seven years of untreated back pain, had to pay out of pocket for private doctors to do surgery. VA would not take care of it. Falsifying my medical records as well.

Posted by
Oklahoma
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My grandfather was sick with pneumonia and was being treated in Muskogee, OK va hospital. After three days of treatment, they sent him home. A day after being home, his oxygen level dropped and he almost died. He was rushed to McAlester, OK hospital were he went into ICU, and the Dr there said he should have never been released, as the infection was not gone and that it had worsened. My grandfather is back at the VA hospital in Muskogee where he has been on a ventilator and had a trach put in, and is now trying to fight off ecoli that was found in his lungs.

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Anonymous
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I went to Dallas VA. with chest pain and shortness of breath! they told me that I needed a heart cath to correctly diagnose the problem but I was not "sick enough YET" to qualify for the test and was put on alpha and bata lockers and given nitro pills and sent home to be followed up by my VA PCP I kept getting worse and for 6yrs they watched me gain 150lbs "230/380"and my angles were so swollen I couldn't ware long pants just long shorts. on may 23/08 I drove myself to our local fire station! they determined I was in heart failure stabilize me and took me to Harris hospital cardiac ICU who performed the test the Dallas VA. should have including a heart cath.after 5 days in Harris ICU the president of the north Texas cardialogy association walked into room and told me quote "theVA is killing you" it turned out that all the VA meds had shut down and weakend my heart and if I had not gotten to Harris when I did I would have died! It was also determined that other than being very weak from all the heart meds and the edema they created there was nothing wrong with my heart and if the VA had done the proper test and the PCP had been competent I wouldn't have to have gone through 6+yrs of suffering and almost die. I was taken off all the VA heart meds and in 5 weeks I lost 60lbs.and in 9 months I lost 150lbs.I was told at Harris to please never go back to the VA. Because of what the Dallas VA HOSPITAL and my PCP did I now suffer from PTSD and the VA health care system is the STRESSOR.

Posted by
Arizona
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Critical hemoglobin when discharged from hospital due to blood loss from surgery. Spent several days in ICU in civilian hospital and had to receive blood transfusions. Still have lingering issues.

Posted by
Texas
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My father was misdiagnosed several times before finally being told he had stage 4 colon cancer. At that time they performed surgery, put him on chemotherapy, and then told him the cancer hadn't spread. Five years later it was found that the cancer had in fact spread into his liver. Upon further digging the doctors were incorrect when they said the cancer hadn't spread the first time. My father passed away March 17, 2013.

Posted by
North Carolina
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I was hospitalized with a minor surgery to eliminate possible blood clots. Was given the drug heprin in which I had an allergic reaction to, thus causing my right leg to be amputated. Was only supposed to be in hospital for a few days; ended up being 8 months.

Posted by
Pennsylvania
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My dad was diagnosed with cancer in September 2010 at the VA hospital in Philadelphia. Long story short, a surgery was performed that was botched and caused him to lose a foot of his intestine. About a week after the surgery, the incision ruptured and caused his bowels to back up inside of him resulting in a month and a half long stay in the VA and ultimately his death, which was caused by not only ecoli but MULTIPLE infections.

Posted by
Washington
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Spokane VA Hospital. My husband suffered a massive stroke while a patient. The MRI Tech refused to do the needed MRI for over 9 hours. Finally the ICU Dr. transferred him to a stroke center. Even though they removed the clot, it was too late and my 61-year-old husband died. I have agreed to a settlment with the government for $672,300.00. But the settlement has been stuck in DOJ approval for 2 months. Does anyone know how long it usally takes to get DOJ approval on these settlement? My attorney is being totally useless in this area.

Posted by
Oregon
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I cant extend my arm to full length and when I try I experience a sharp pain in bend and fore arm of my left arm. I can see the tendon trying to extend under the flesh.

Posted by
Virginia
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Both his VA ENT doctor and the VA pharmacist had medical records indicating that patient was allergic to Bactrim.

Posted by
New Mexico
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The VA did not properly investigate and diagnose the neck pain I was having two months ago. My private doctor revealed that I had a cyst on my thyroid. I now have had to pay out of pocket to treat something the VA should have treated two months ago when I went to them initially.

Posted by
Minnesota
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I had a diabetic seizure, and was rushed to the hospital. VA nurse practitioner said it was because I took too much medicine. I didn't and have proof. She refused to adjust the medicine, and was very adamant about it, saying it was my heart.

Well, guess what? I had another seizure, and this time a real doctor took me off the medication. In both cases I could have died had my companion not taken the action he did.

Posted by
Rhode Island
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Major loss of ambition and tolerance of day to day life activities.

Major mood changes affect my ability to communicate effectively with others.

Inability to utilize college education effectively because of mood swings.

Posted by
Texas
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Father died while in care of VA in Salisbury North Carolina. Veteran was supposed to be confined to seated chair, lacking restraints and attention, veteran fell and injured brain. Initial records showed damage of fall caused death. Further research by case manager found altered records or missing documents by VA. Now need to sue.

Posted by
Anonymous
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I WAS RECENTLY REFERRED TO HOSPICE BY THE VA PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR AND THE VA CARDIOLOGY DEPARTMENT. AFTER SEVERAL MONTHS ON HOSPICE THE VA DID NOT PAY THE HOSPICE FOR MY CARE AND I WAS DISCHARGED.

I WAS DISCHARGED TO MY VA PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR( MY DIAGNOSIS IS STAGE 4 CHF/STAGE 4 CAD/STAGE 5 ANGINA)

WHEN DISCHARGED TO VA PRIMARY CARE I WAS BEING MEDICATED WITH 150 MLS OF LONG ACTING MORPHINE AND 600 MLGS OF INSTANT RELEASE MORPHINE DAILY. MY VA PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR CUT ME OFF COMPLETELY LEAVING ME IN SEVEAR WITHDRAWALS.

I AM CONFINED TO BED 24/7 AND PASS OUT WITH CHEST PAIN WITH EXCERTION/I HAVE BEEN EVALUATED AND TURNED DOWN FOR HEART TRANSPLANT, HAD 2 OPEN HEARTS, 32 STENT IMPLANTS, ON OXYGEN 24/7 HAVE A DEFIBULATOR/PACEMAKER THAT FIRES DAILY. I AM LEFT IN TERABBLE PAIN AND DISTRESS ALL THE TIME AND MY VA PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS REFUSES TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP ME.

I HAVE COMPLAINED, GONE TO EVERY SOURCE KNOWN TO MAN TO GET ASSISTANCE EVEN PATIEN ADVOCATES. THE VA HAS EVEN GIVEN OUT FALSE MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT ME WITHOUT THE BENIFET OF A MEDICAL RELEASE. I AM STUCK TALKING TO DEAF EARS AND IT SEEMS LIKE AJOKE TO THEM. MY DIAGNOSIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED NOT ONLY BY THE VA BUT SEVERAL WELL KNOW CARDIOLOGISTS IN MY AREA( PLEASE NOTE THESE DOCTOS WILL NO LONGER TREAT ME LOCALLY BECAUSE THE VA STIFFED THEM ON THEIR BILLS) THE VA HAS LEFT ME IN OVER 100 GRAND IN DEBT.

THEY ARE GOING TO KILL ME JUST FROM COMPLETE NEGLECT AND STRESS( TRUT ME WHEN I SAY THIS PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR( ONE OF 5 OVER THE LAST 16 MONTHS IS A JOKE) THEY DIDN'T EVEN TELL ME THEY WERE NOT GOING TO SEND ME ANY PAIN MEDS THE JUST DIDN'T AND FOR THE TYPE OF CONDITION I HAVE AND THE AMT OF PAIN MEDICATION I WAS PRESCRIBED THAT IN ITSELF IS VERY DANGERIOUS. WHEN I ASKED HIM ABOUT IT HE SAID OH WELL WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT.

( THIS WAS AT AN OFFICE VIST 40 MILES FROM MY HOME THAT I HAD TO GET OUT OF BED FOR AND TRAVE JUST TO BE ASKED HOW UCH OXYGEN I WAS PRESCRIBED SO HE COULD FILL OUT A FORM FOR MY DISASTER RELIEF AT THE POWR COMPANY0 SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE OVER THE TELEPHONE RAHTER THAN MAKE ME EXERT MYSELF FOR NO GOOD REASON. GET THIS, THEY HAVE PRESCRIBED 4 DIFFERENT LAXATIVES PLUS STOOL SOFTENERS AND SUPOSITIORIES AND 2 ENEMAS DAILY( WAY DANGERIOUS ACCORDING TO MY PHARMACY)

I ALSO HAVE A 22 LB HERNIA IN MY GROIN THAT HAS SMASHED MY TESTICLE AND THEY WON'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THAT EITHER UNTIL IT RUPTURES. I LOOK LIKE I HAVE A WATERMELLON BETWEEN MY LEGS. I SHOULD BE ON END OF LIFE CARE( PAID FOR BY THE VA ) BUT THATS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN EVEN AS LITTLE AS HOME NURSING SERVICE. MY WIFE HAS TO CARE FOR ME( wash,bath cook ect) and I have a 11 year old girl watching me suffer all the time. i kept my word and served when my country needed me, why can't the va keep their promises for proper medical treatment by qualified caring doctors

Posted by
Georgia
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I'm blind in my right eye and then when hospitalized at the VA receiving treatment I complained about IV site and chest pain and was released. The next day had to call 911,and was admitted to another hospital and had to have emergency gall bladder removal. I had pneumonia and a mrsa staff infection from the infected IV site.

Posted by
Texas
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My family has suffered a grave loss of our brother and son. He has left behind three children, and we are in very great pain.

Posted by
Georgia
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My complaint is that he received sub-standard care. He had a kidney infection that was not treated and he died with 105 fever. I had durable power of attorney and was never allowed to transfer him to a different hospital or to take him home on hospice. The VA told me at some point he signed a VA paper giving his non- live-in girlfriend heath care rights. I explained that I had durable power of attorney of healthcare issued by the state of Florida. I was told that the VA did not recognize state documents. I am a registered nurse and I was very disappointed in the quality of care which he received.

Posted by
Illinois
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I have lost 70% of my visions. I have
seizures. I lost employment with the postal service due to the mental disorder misdiagnosis. The diagnosis was from a long military hospital stay and a brief VA hospital stay. Both were for disability ratings.

I had asked on behalf of my doctor for the military to relocate me when the base was scheduled too close in our town, but I never received any reply. Moreover, I have asked the VA because I have residual tumor to relocate me. I have received a letter
from the director citing that they do not have any funds for such even though I informed him that I have seizures and will have to give up driving cars. I can only get to the VA hospital via by bus.

Posted by
South Carolina
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As a result of their misdiagnosis, I was forced to make a quick decision about my treatment options. I had a radical prostectomy, and now have severe incontinence. I have to change my pads 8 to 10 times a day and have to get up at night 4 to 5 times. I lost my use of my sexual organ. I am in constant bladder pain. Have severe weight loss which they refuse to treat me for. I was 165 lbs before my surgery, I now weigh 127 and continue to lose at a rate of 3 to 5 lbs a month. And the list goes on...

Posted by
California
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Following bone graft surgery at the VA, Loma Linda facility, my left leg developed swelling and pain. The complaint and diagnosis went unchecked for almost 2 months. The Loma Linda, CA facility kept telling me that the pain and swelling was post-operative and "normal". By the time the VA Long Beach, CA found the clot, my leg was frozen stiff. I was hospitalized for five days and placed on lovenox and coumadin. I was told it was a miracle I had not died from the clot. I had to have additional surgery in January, 2008 to remove the scar tissue that had built up around my knee area from the VA missing the blood clot. I am unable to walk properly, am in constant pain and on daily painkillers, still need additional physical therapy and possibly surgery again, cannot work, have to take blood thinner medication and the VA is telling me I have to file a tort claim regarding the incident.

Posted by
Nebraska
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In Indianapolis, Indiana I had a manual extraction of a kidney stone. Afterwards they had to change out the tube that lead into my back and into my kidney. The doctor continued with the procedure when I notified him I needed a moment because of the pain(I was getting kidney and muscle spasms) and that no pain meds had been given yet. His response was "Well I'm almost done, can't you wait a few more moments." then the nurse came in and realised I hadn't been given the meds. Later while I waited in the hallway I heard another doctor chewing him out.

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Texas
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My father came to live with me in July of 07'. At the time he could get around ok the only thing I could see wrong with him was having a hard time getting up and down from sitting. That following Monday I took him to the VA and we went through the routine in which is required for new patients. The ER Doctor set an appointment up for X-rays and MRI to see just what the conditions of my father’s health was in (he had just turned 59). Following testing it was discovered that he had approximately 6 strokes (mini ones as they call them nothing to worry about was their words) and also a small case of Dementia nothing to worry about there as well. So they scheduled an appointment with a physician their but set the appointment almost 3 months out. Since this time I have had no help and instead of my father’s health staying leveled or getting better he is getting much worse. He now has to have a walker to walk as well as a cane just to get around the house, he doesn't talk well you can't understand him, and the sad part is he barely can get up off the couch or where ever it is he may be seated at the time. He is also having accidents in the bed (both if I may say) and still they will do nothing for him. At the last appointment I told the Dr. the issues but she told me I could not talk for my father well yes that may be the law but it's also a cop out for her to put more effort out to help him. So towards the end of our appointment she decided that it's a possibility he may have Parkinson’s but yet didn't set a testing date until July when this was the first of February. As I said this is very different to what most of your clients have experienced but I need your help and so does my father.

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Arkansas
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The VA made my father leave the hospital (made him sign a contract that I have) because they said he was not sick. The next day he was in the ICU at a non Va hospital with a lung infection (he was a COPD patient) among other things. A few days later his heart stopped and he had to be put on a ventilator. Two weeks later he had recovered enough to be transported back to the VA where he contracted pneumonia and developed bed sores ( also he had MRSA) but still was released in stable condition to a nursing home. The next day he was back in the ICU and three days later he died.

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California
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The VA does not schedule necessary scans, provide me with actual solutions to my health problems, and has decided to cut my benefits this past calendar year as so they do not have to continue providing the level of healthcare they were when I was at my previous rating.

Posted by
Virginia
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Emotional roller coaster of hope and dispear while he was being moved in and out of the ICU, the lost of my father and for my mother the loss of benefits part of his pension. The VA also had notes about his spouse being present at the time of death, my mom was out of state at the time, make me wonder what else they had wrong!

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Texas
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The army called it chondromalacia patella (softening of the bone) but the VA called it bone disease (a catch-all phrase which they told me meant they have no idea what is wrong with me.) I finally went to a specialist and was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. The VA then increased me to 20% in 2003. In pursuit of this complaint, I was found to have fractured a bone under my right knee. In 2006, I broke my right foot at work. That same week, the VA diagnosed an abnormal calcium level. After going to many unqualified doctors, I finally found out I had a parathyroid tumor. While waiting for surgery, I reported to the VA and told them I had broken my other foot as well. The doctor refused to treat me and told me to come back after my surgery. Well, it was broken. I walked on it so long, I now may have to get a pin in it. Also the parathyroid surgeon said the tumor was over 15 years old. My surgery was on October 29, 2007. Do I have a complaint for either the broken foot or the idiots missing a tumor all these years? I'm 42 and have lived a life of pain because of these morons. Two broken bones in each foot. I have a claim pending for the feet and another one based on incompetence for the years they reduced me to zero percent.

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Texas
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Treated for infection (none found) and resulting in fluid volume overload, multiple questionable MI's, PTSD not seen by physicatry while in hospital - medication errors on normal meds. Placed on ventilator when developed anxiety attack. Needed stent or PCI and was not treated. No interventions for GI bleed or MI. Was 100% disabled due to prior malpractice at VA Hospital of OKC. Patient died on Nov 29, 2006 with questionable causes of death.

Spouse has been denied continued VA Disability income checks. Wrongful death of patient who was only 68 years old. We can not put a price on the life of my father. His death has created emotional and financial burdens on my mother and family.

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Oregon
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They did an MRI back in August of 2006 and found out from the constant reinjuring of my ankle that I had a defect in my talus bone in my left ankle. I finally had an appointment to speak with the surgeon who was going to perform my surgery and he explained that they were going to do a procedure that would involve digging out the defect and replacing it with a synthetic bone plug. I was scheduled for surgery on the 11th of June 2007. When I got to my appointment for surgery I met a surgeon I had never spoken with who told me they were going to try something different than I had discussed with the other surgeon. He told me they were going to drill into the defect and try to generate new bone growth and that if it worked great if not they would proceed to the original surgery we discussed. After surgery I am hurting 100% worse than I had before the surgery and I am still in major pain and have to use crutches to walk. I finally got an appointment with the original surgeon in October 2007 and he told me that he would have never done this surgery and that he was going to proceed with the original surgery that we had discussed back in Aug of 2006. He told me I would be scheduled around the end of December 2007 to the beginning of January 2008. I got a call on December 6th that my surgery was going to be postponed because of the synthetic bone plug is being held up by the FDA. Now what am I suppose to do. My 100% temp disability claim has been denied cause they read my file wrong and I was told it is going to be another 6 to 9 months before I can even get anything started with that. I can not work because my skills are in physical labor and I can't very well do that on crutches. Besides I am in major pain 100% of the time. I feel like I have been placed on the back burner. I need help to get this resolved because I am facing homelessness and don't know where else to turn. I just want the VA to fix what they made worse.

Posted by
Kentucky
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My father is a brittle diabetic with hx of stroke, heart disease and bypass. He needed a toe amputated and they did not do the doppler or angiogram study b/f operating and now 1 month later his foot is unhealed.

His current vascular surgeon/wound care doc at the nursing home where he has been since release said he would never have done a surgery on my father with his medical conditions without performing and angiogram or doppler study.

Dr. Macxxx has since ordered the doppler which showed only 30-40% pressure in the left leg. Because of this and the fact that the VA did not cut the bone far enough down the wound has no chance of healing.

Due to his health status putting him through the necesary surgery to try and fix the blood flow and bone could kill him. My father is 89 years old.

Currently he is in a nursing home and has been for 3 weeks. We are now having to pay $125 a day for care.

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California
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Details of Complaint: V.A. Hospital gave me a Methicillin Resistant Staphyloccocus Aureus infection during a toe amputation. This spread to my spine, causing Diskitus and Osteomyelitis.

I walked into the VA hospital for the amputation and was not able after 8 days in the hospital to get out of bed because of pain in my spine. I was sent home and received physical therapy.

I kept requesting an MRI. Finally they gave me a x-ray and said I had bad arthritis. I progressively got worse and ended up in the emergency room of my local hospital where they did a Catscan which showed that within 7 weeks of discharge from the hospital my spine was being eaten away. One whole spinal bone and half of two others were gone.

I was transferred to San Joaquin Hospital of Bakersfield, CA where they did more test. Then was transferred to VA Hospital in Los Angeles. I have been in the hospital for a month and presently am still in the hospital.

During my initial stay at the hospital in Fresno, I was given a Potassium supplement and was sent home with a bottle to be taken at home. I am a dialysis patient and almost died January 31, 2007 from renal failure that caused a lethal level of Potassium that ended up giving me a heart attack. You don't give dialysis patients Potassium. My dialysis doctor told me to throw the Potassium pills away.

I have been in a hospital bed for 1 month and have not been given any physical therapy. I don't know if I will ever be able to walk again and I am deficating from the injury to my spine. I am in constant pain and am on morphine. The hospital is still treating my highly contagious staph infection. I was not told I had a staph infection until I went to the Bakersfield hospital.

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Washington
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I am suffering from a mobility limiting spine condition.
Visited VA ER in Spokane Oct 25, after 3.5 hour wait was denied service by ER Doctor for service connected disability.
Visited ER Oct 27 at Holy Family for emergency treatment.
Recontacted VA Spokane via phone Oct 29, handed off several times, left numerous messages. Was told VA could not assist by Px person.

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Ohio
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Patient was misdiagnosed for 3 yrs with chronic back pain by VA doctor. Problem found later by civilian hospital emergency room when proper tests were run. Problem was found to be gall bladder. This pain and suffering went on for 3 yrs. with little pain medication. Patient is 100% disabled Viet Nam veteran with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Caused severe stress and emotional distress on family.

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Michigan
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I wanted to let someone know about the awful treatment my husband has recievieved at the Veterans Hospital in Battle Creek MI recently. He is 100 % disabled 56 yr. old veteran with a brain injury, he has been having some mental problems and we went to the v.a in Saginaw MI and they transported him to Battle Creek MI. I made it known to them all the things he is unable to do for himself such as he is unable to walk so he uses a wheelchair, he needs someone to wipe him when he goes to the restroom, he is unable to feed himself, unable to shower himself or even wash himself or brush his teeth. I give him total care. He has 2 broken ribs from a fall he took 3 weeks ago. Chronic shoulder and arm pain on both sides, his rotator cuffs are torn and cannot be repaired again and his bicep tendons are torn. He was admitted on Thursday night. I went to see him Friday and none of the staff were helping him - he had to propel his own wheelchair, no one was helping him in the restroom, no one had offered to clean him up - not even wash his face, not to mention other places we all like to keep clean. No one was helping him with his food much less feeding him. He was unable to open the milk carton, the food he did try to feed himself not much of it made it to his mouth. I once again pointed out to the staff the things he needs done for him and I was told that everyone would know. So I trusted them to take care of him and instead of coming back to Saginaw I went to Grand Rapids to my sisters to spend the night so I could be closer to Battle Creek. I went back Saturday at 1 p.m. to check on him and he still had the same pajamas on that he was given Thursday when he was admitted, still no shower or sponge bath, no assistance with eating, no help with bathroom, absolutely nothing he needs help with was getting done. He looked like a bum. I raised all kinds of hell about them treating my husband that way and not caring for him, I said I have been taking care of him by myself for 17.5 years and I cannot even bring him to a VA hospital and have him treated with any dignity - all the people walking around that place and no one helping him with anything !!!!!! They then took him to the shower room to clean him up and dress him in clothes I bought him, after about 20 minutes they brought him back to me and he looked a lot better. After I was there 2 more hours his hair still looked wet and he said they did not even wash his hair they only wet it. No one washed his private parts. I am furious with them. Then he said on Friday night he accidently spilled his urnal in the bed and the nurse or aide went up one side of him and down the other and cussed him out for doing it. She said he did it on purpose. Could you imagine going somewhere for help and you are at their mercy and they take every bit of dignity from you. Still on Saturday they werent even helping him get around. Could you imagine having your shoulders trashed and having 2 broken ribs and having to propel your own wheelchair ???? They were not giving him the medicine that he was prescribed for his shoulder pain that he gets from the pain clinic here in Saginaw. They changed his antidepressent that he takes because they don't have what he takes. I am not done with them. He is being discharged tomorrow morning because of the lack of care - they were planning on keeping him 2 weeks. I will bring him home and seek out better help for him myself. I should have known better than to take him there but they are supposed to help veterans. We will no longer be using the V.A. system for healthcare help - my husband luckily has blue cross and medicare. You hear horror stories about the VA hospitals but it means more when It happens to a loved one. People need to be more aware of the treatment or lack of. I told them that was patient neglect. When I worked in nursing homes if I were to treat anyone like that I would have lost my job then and there. How do they get away with it? God help the people who who do not have a voice or anyone to speak up for them. My husband has very slurred speach and has trouble asking for help, and they knew that too.


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Rhode Island
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My neck has 2-3 past fractures causing a severe and painful stenosis in c4-c5 areas. By misdiagnosing and removing me from pain meds the VA caused me to lose my employment, worsened my health and incresed depression. The result has been a significant loss of income during what should have been the most productive years of my life.

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Oregon
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On or about January, I had surgery for a hemorrhoid stapling procedure at Roseburg, Oregon V.A. Hospital.

After having been made to suffer with severely painful and bleeding hemorroids for over two years, I was finally convinced by a V.A. surgeon that a stapling would completely relieve my very large internal hemorroids. The surgeon also said that it would take care of the external one's I had as well.

After the surgery, the bleeding slowly subsided, but the pain didn't. After 6 weeks, I was re-examined. The surgeon said I was healing nicely and my internal hemorroids were nearly gone.

I expressed concerns over the pain and external swelling, but he said it should go away.

I also had noticed a piece of loose skin hanging near the surgical site that was causing me pain. When I asked about it, the surgeon called it a "skin tag" and said that he must have missed it in surgery. Though he said he would remove it at a later visit, the appointment was never scheduled.

After more time passing, my problem persisted, getting more painful all the time. I requested another consult with the surgeon, who said that I needed more surgery to fix the problem. He was recommending an advanced whitehead hemorroidectomy (quite painful), and said that it would definitively fix the problem.

I expressed wanting a second opinion, and he sent me to Portland V.A. Medical Center for a surgical consult.

In Portland, they concluded that surgery wasn't going to help me at all. They further questioned why my original surgery had been performed at all. When I mentioned the "skin tag" from my former surgery, they said it was "sloppy" of him to leave it and that it should have been removed. Although the surgeon who performed my original surgery had said just a month before that my internal hemorroids were nearly gone, the Portland consult revealed that they were very large still and that taking care of them by a non-surgical banding procedure would fix both the internal and external hemorroids.

I still suffer with the same pain and problems with hemorroids as before the surgery began.

I was misled, lied to, and now I don't know who to trust or what to do to fix my medical problem.

Please, help me if you can. There is much more to this story than I have said here. I am also having just as much trouble getting continuing mental health care for PTSD.

I hope and pray that someone will do something to stop this injustice to the men who served our country.

Posted by
Georgia
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I am a diabetic. I had a blister on my big toe on my left foot. The VA began treatment for this wound on June 10, 2007. I was referred to the podiatry department. I never received any antibiotics the whole time I was treated until after my big toe had to be removed while I was vacationing in Panama City, FL. The infection was so bad that emergency surgery had to be performed. The VA even opened my toe and took a piece of bone for a biopsy, left the wound/hole open and did not issues anitbiotics even when I asked for them. The excuse given when the bone was taken was that they didn't know what type of antibiotics to give me. I feel that I would still have 10 toes if antibiotics were prescribed from the beginning. I am a self-employed sports official. I referee basketball and umpire baseball on a full-time basis. I am now unable to work and am facing eviction as well as my other bills piling up.

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Wisconsin
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I received a penicillian shot and the next morning my left arm was 8" in diameter from my shoulder to my wrist. I went back to the Tomah VAMC and sat there for 5 hours and they never did put me on an IV. They said I would spend 3 days inpatient on an IV and then go home. They could not find any IV's so I went to Dr. Hagness at Point Family Practice and he put me right in the St. Micheals Hospital, ASAP. He said you are not going anywhere, you are going in the hospital right here in town. They took good care of me and I went home in 3 days. But had arthritus for about 3 months. I didn't think my left arm would get back to normal. I thought they wher going to amputate I was so scared and sick.

Posted by
Alabama
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I had surgery on my left middle ear, to increase my chance of hearing. I was told that possible pain or ringing after surgery. The day after surgery I had to be rushed to the emergency room for extreme anxiety attack and balance issues. After 1 year of letting the VA guess at whats wrong, I went to an outside private doctor and found out my inner ear has been damaged and that is the cause of hearing a constant heart beat and a equilibrium problem. I am sick to my stomach and have panic anxiety attacks daily and have no impovements.

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Ohio
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Was prescribed Zoloft in 2003 for PTSD/ Depression. Within a few short months my liver enzymes were abnormaly high. I was taken off the Zoloft. Later I had a biopsy done witch confirmed The Non-Alcoholic Fatty liver disease. To this day four years later, my liver enzymes are still elevated but not as high as when taking Zoloft. The VA denies that it was Medication induced. I believe they told me it was hereditary. They still won't admit they injured my liver with ongoing long term efects.

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