Kentucky Veterans Affairs facilities: Is patient harm possible?

By now, almost everyone in the country has probably heard about the medical negligence issue going on at Veterans Affairs medical centers. Sadly, Kentucky hasn't been untouched by the scandal. Kentucky's U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth calls the situation with the VA shameful. Shame is a nice way to describe the altered medical records and horrific wait times.

A recent case in Kentucky will likely make you shake your head in wonder. The case involves a situation in which seven veterans are being denied hospital admission. They have been placed on a waiting list despite the fact that there are 45 beds open at the facility, according to WFIE. That wing of the facility is closed, according to a spokesperson who goes on to say that opening the wing for seven patients isn't financially feasible.

For one woman, a move to Louisville from another meant having to deal with a VA wait time of six months and eight days. A spokesperson for the Louisville VA facility says that she can't give an estimate on wait times at the facility. She does say that they make an effort to make appointments for new patients within a 30-day window of the desired appointment date.

These types of treatment delays can cause patient harm. This is not the type of treatment that the men and women who defended our country deserve. Anyone who has suffered from injuries because of delayed care by the VA might be able to get compensated for those injuries. Knowing how to seek compensation from the VA is the first step of deciding how to proceed with the case.

Source: The Courier-Journal, "Veterans, others respond to story on VA waits" Laura Ungar, May. 27, 2014

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