Medical Malpractice Lawsuits filed against Illinois Veterans Affairs
In 2008, two widows of two men who died after routine surgery at a Veteran’s
Hospital in Illinois are now involved in two separate medical
malpractice lawsuits filed against the Illinois Department of Veterans
The two men died as a result of alleged substandard care while under the care
of a surgeon practicing at the Hospital. One
man bled to death following gallbladder surgery, and while the other died from a
blood infection after the same surgeon performed performed a lymph node biopsy.
The two lawsuits are seeking $12 million and $10 million, respectively. The
two cases share a similar argument of negligence, claiming that Illinois
Veterans Affairs failed to perform adequate background checks on the surgeon,
who had been under investigation in Massachusetts for alleged substandard care
in treating seven cases during 2004 and 2005. Two of these cases resulted in
During the investigation of substandard care at the facility, the VA’s
investigation found that at least nine deaths were directly attributable to
substandard care provided to patients at the hospital.
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