The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system, serving roughly 9 million veterans from around the country, including many from Pennsylvania. But the system seems to be struggling under its own weight. A former employee of the organization recently came forward to expose massive problems caused by delays in care at one of its hospitals. The retired doctor alleged that delays in treatment may have caused the wrongful death of up to 40 veterans. He also accused the hospital administration of deliberately hiding the problem, alleging that, in order to disguise delays, hospital employees were ordered to keep a secret list of patients on a waiting list for appointments.
Human error is present in every aspect of daily life and no person is immune from experiencing its effects, neither the person accidently making the mistake nor the victim of it. The seriousness of human error is especially prominent when it concerns our health.
An elderly Pennsylvania Marine Corps veteran was at a hospital in 2011 undergoing treatment for small cell lung cancer. However, the former soldier died of Legionnaire’s disease while at the hospital. His family is now seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs and other damages.
A new report paints a grave picture for patients in Pennsylvania and beyond: many dangerous and common errors happen at hospitals that put patients in jeopardy of suffering injuries or death. Each year, more than 200,000 individuals pass away from errors in hospitals and health care facilities.
The embattled physician at the heart of the controversy concerning pop star Michael Jackson's death has lost his latest appeal to have a new trial concerning whether he was negligent in his administration of an anesthetic to help Jackson sleep. Although legal analysts agree that his fate isn't sealed, his chances of reversing the fate of his role in the pop singer's medication error death seem unlikely.