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Colorado VA hospitals face wrongful death claims

A number of patients reportedly died while waiting for appointments at VA hospitals. According to reports, the Secretary of Veteran Affairs was responsible for of a majority of these deaths that occurred in Colorado and throughout the country. So far, the Department of Veterans Affairs has paid over $200 million in wrongful death claims.Reports indicate that approximately 40 sick veterans died while they were waiting to see VA doctors. In fact, almost all of the veterans were put on a secret list of many who waited months just to see a doctor. Multiple organizations, including The American Legion and Concerned Veterans for America, have requested for the Secretary of Veteran Affairs to resign after learning about the amount of unnecessary deaths that occurred.According to reports, veterans submitted claims for injuries and ended up waiting years. Just as troubling are veterans who were forced to wait weeks just for a simple diagnosis. In some instances, veterans died at the facilities due to lack of care. An investigation was launched by the House Veteran Affairs Committee Chairman, and it revealed that there was a large number of deaths that could have been prevented.Receiving substandard care is burdensome for many patients. Even more burdensome is when a family learns that their loved one died due to inadequate care. Colorado families who have lost loved ones while under the care of a VA hospital or any other hospital may wish to pursue wrongful death claims as appropriate remedies for their suffering. The civil court system may award damages if evidence deems the medical facility and/or staff members responsible for the death that occurred.Source:, "Latest Insult: American Vets Died Waiting for Appointments", Katharine Russ, May 13, 2014 

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