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VA loses big after failing to properly care for Iraq war veteran

No one should have to undergo the trauma associated with medical malpractice, especially not a military veteran. Unfortunately, these events happen every day in United States VA hospitals, and too often they go unnoticed. That is why it is so important to speak out about medical negligence. It is often the only way to stop those responsible and end the cycle of mistreatment. Maryland citizens might be interested in the following story of one vet and his fight against medical malpractice.

According to a recent news report, an Iraq War veteran was awarded nearly $4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the complaint, the VA exacerbated the man's PTSD by making outrageous medication errors and other serious failures in treatment. The ruling in the case was entered following a long civil court non-jury trial in a Scranton area federal courtroom.

In the suit, the man claimed the hospitals negligence and failures in treatment severely contributed to the worsening of his condition. The lawsuit claims not only that there were serious failures in diagnosis, but also that his diagnosis occurred over the telephone. He was also prescribed the wrong medications and was not offered the best therapeutic methods for his condition. The court agreed that this treatment contributed to his declining mental health.

The significant victory comes as an even bigger victory for veterans all across the country. Too often mental health is ignored in the United States. This can be particularly difficult for soldiers who often experience intense psychological trauma while serving. The greatest hope in every medical malpractice case is that the lawsuit will result in improved medical care for those who need it most. No one should ever have to suffer like this again.

Source: Citizens Voice, "Veteran awarded $3.7 million in case against Plains Twp. hospital," Steve McConnell, Jan. 17, 2013

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