When you are sick, injured, or suffering the effects of a chronic physical or mental condition, getting the care you need, when you need it, can mean the difference between life and death. Many of the brave men and women who made personal sacrifices to serve our country now find themselves in the unfortunate position of being unable to get the medical services they are entitled to as the result of long wait times in getting appointments. As reports continue to flood in regarding the negligence and inefficiency in which the Veterans Administration (VA) handles veteran’s affairs, increasing numbers of medical malpractice claims against the VA are now being filed. In many of these cases, delays in care have not only resulted in complications and conditions which could have been avoided, but have also resulted in an increased number of wrongful deaths.

Long VA Wait Times Continue To Be An Issue

According to an April 2016 USA Today report on VA wait times, the scandal that erupted several years ago regarding the timeliness of care provided to veterans resulted in a nationwide probe by the VA inspector of conditions at VA hospitals and medical facilities around the country. The results of these probes have recently begun pouring in, confirming suspicions that supervisors and employees in a number of facilities have been falsifying records to avoid controversy and potential lawsuits against the VA due to dangerously long wait times in getting veterans the medical services they require. These reports further indicate that VA employees around the country have manipulated and falsified dates to cover up their own ineptitude and negligence in providing services to clients. Unfortunately, according to a 2015 report in the Military Times, Florida VA facilities are among the worst in the nation, in many cases requiring wounded, sick, and needy vets to wait as long as 60 days or more to get the care they need. The report estimates the numbers of veterans affected by lengthy wait times within the state is roughly 30,000, and that the following are among the areas most affected:

  • Jacksonville;
  • Tallahassee;
  • Gainesville;
  • Tampa;
  • Orlando.

The Impact Of Long VA Wait Times

According to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, rather than treating illnesses and preventing suffering among our nation’s veterans, problems within the VA are more likely to be contributing to them. Long wait times for appointments have been shown to result not only in injuries, complications, and conditions that were otherwise preventable, but also to be a significant factor in a number of veteran deaths. According to a 2015 report issued by the VA Office of the Inspector General, as many as 300,000 veterans may have died while awaiting care, while others suffered severe complications due to a lack of treatment for conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Reach Out to Us for Help 

If you or someone you care about has suffered negative impacts as the result of long wait times with the VA  contact Hogan Frick in Florida today. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can advise you on whether you may be entitled to a medical malpractice or wrongful death claim. We provide aggressive legal representation to defend your rights and interests, while assisting you in holding responsible parties accountable so that you can get the compensation you deserve.