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Delay in care is dangerous for hospital patients


Oregon residents expect that their doctors, hospitals and other medical staff with take their health seriously. In many cases, time is of the essence and working quickly can help save a patient’s life. But, when doctors and hospitals fail to provide care quickly, people can suffer from serious consequences including a worsened medical condition and death. Delayed assistance can be extremely serious when seconds, minutes and days count.

The Veterans Association has recently taken a lot of criticism over its delayed treatment of veterans across the United States. In particular, reports have indicated that veterans have had extraordinarily long wait times to be treated at veterans’ hospitals by approved doctors. Additionally, these doctors and hospitals have been accused of falsifying records in order to make it appear as if the wait times are not as long as they have been.

In response to the allegations, Congress has approved additional funding for the system to make sure that hospitals are able to provide care. People who were involved in a cover up are expected to face punishments.

People who have faced a worsened medical condition, permanent injury or other damage as a result of hospital negligence need to know that they have legal rights. While in some cases — like the case at the veterans’ hospital — criminal charges might be warranted, often a civil suit can provide victims with closure. Through a medical malpractice suit, victims and their families can hold negligent facilities responsible for the damage they cause. People can recover compensation for both their emotional and physical injuries. This lawsuit can help people move forward from the incident and enjoy life as much as possible.

Source: The Oregonian, “Veterans Affairs Department says investigation found no Phoenix deaths related to care delays,” Aug. 26, 2014