Will the V.A. Take Responsibility for Infections Its Hospitals Caused?
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has denied responsibility for many infections it warned that it might have caused several veterans in Tennessee and Florida over the course of the last decade.
Over 6000 patients at the V.A.’s Alvin C. York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and over 3,000 veterans at Bruce W. Carter V.A. Medical Center in Miami were notified by the V.A. that unclean equipment might have exposed them to a variety of serious infections, including hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Despite the V.A.’s warning that they may be responsible for the infections, they have since denied many of the claims filed against them.
Phillip Wayne Bell, a former sergeant major in the U.S. Army, was diagnosed with hepatitis B from what he believes was a colonoscopy given to him by the V.A.’s hospital. To him, the worst part of the ordeal is the V.A.’s denial despite their previous admission. It is unacceptable for Bell to be considered a legal adversary to the V.A. when it was their inadequate sanitary procedures that left Bell with his debilitating illness.
I Contracted a Serious Infection from a Doctor’s Unclean Equipment. Can I Sue?
Viruses like HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are chronic illnesses that can cause a complete upheaval of one’s lifestyle. If you contracted one of these diseases after seeing a doctor, then it is imperative that you seek legal counsel from a practiced medical malpractice attorney. The Shapiro Law Group’s Tampa Bay law firm has provided representation for hundreds of medical malpractice victims and we would like to hear your story. Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.
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