When most of us think of medical malpractice claims, we see the defendant as a doctor or hospital, or perhaps another other medical professional or facility that treated the patient. However, there are other types of common medical malpractice cases. Medication errors, which can cause everything from mild discomfort to death, are often the subject of medical malpractice lawsuits.
Recent news reports indicate that the Veterans Administration waged a campaign of retaliation against employees who sought to expose allegations of medical malpractice in VA hospitals. Some of the “whistleblowers” who fought back anonymously against the intimidation include VA doctors in South Carolina.
As most South Carolina resident will tell you, going to the hospital for even a routine surgery can be a daunting prospect. Whether it is the cost of medical care, anxiety stemming from poor health, or simply a fear of the unknown, the hospital can be a stressful and intimidating place for many people.
In a recent blog post, we wrote about the federal probe into the mismanagement and hospital negligence in Veterans Administration hospitals across the country, including in South Carolina. Now VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned as a result of the investigation. After the public urging of accountability for the secretary and other officials who presided over the potential widespread medical malpractice perpetrated against our country’s veterans, the oversight of the scandal will now fall into the hands of his successor.