Why Are Soldiers Unsatisfied with the V.A. Healthcare System?
Soldiers returning from overseas are becoming more and more frustrated with the U.S. medical system. This fact is obvious in light of U.S. Army General Eric Shinseki’s resignation from his position as secretary of the Veteran’s Association medical department; stories of veterans’ inability to receive timely treatment or adequate care appear to have forced the former general’s hand.
One such victim of the U.S. medical system’s failure to take care of veterans was a soldier who was shot through the neck in Afghanistan in 2011. The bullet destroyed three vertebrae and severed the man’s spinal cord. The swift actions of his unit saved him from certain death, and within an hour he was treated at a state-of-the-art facility in Kandahar. Though paralyzed, he made it back to America for further treatment.
During his surgery in America, a surgeon in training accidentally ruptured the soldier’s esophagus. Over the next nine months, the soldier’s wife reported several instances of incompetence at the VA hospital, including short-staffed procedures, dysfunctional equipment and untrained technicians working on her husband’s new injury without consent or communication with family. The wife blames long hours, low wages and the complex nature of war-related injuries for the ballooning crisis in VA hospitals.
The soldier died at the end of those nine months. The doctors could not fix his esophagus. In his wife’s words, “It wasn’t the sniper that shot him that killed him.”
I Received Improper Treatment at the Hospital after Returning from Deployment Overseas. Who Should I Talk To?
Injuries obtained on the battlefield can be serious, and it is absurd that a doctor would fail to provide the utmost care to a veteran injured in service to our country. A skilled medical malpractice attorney could be useful in helping you determine your options. Learn more at our Facebook page.