Breaking news: V.A. Pays $950,000 for veteran medical malpractice death

The U.S. Government Veterans Affairs pays $950,000 to family victimized by medical malpractice. U.S. Government agreed to settle malpractice claim resulting in wrongful death.

In 2004, Salt Lake City V.A. Hospital failed to administer simple antibiotics to William Meyer. The blatant lack of medication administration resulted in his depth claims the family. Reports state the U.S. Government is maintaining no fault. They are still agreeing to settle and pay for general damages and future and loss of income. The 45 year-old Meyer had received his last chemotherapy treatment for leukemia. Three days later he was suffering form abdominal pain and diarrhea. Pamela Meyer, his wife, phoned the oncologist and was instructed to administer medicine, for gas, available over-the-counter. Mr. Meyer had an extremely low white blood cell count, a known side effect of chemo treatment. He needed immediate antibiotics to combat the severe abdominal infection he had acquired. This is a known standard of care practice amongst doctors and nurses and specifically cancer specialists.

The lack of following basic standards of care has devastated the Meyer family.

Legal news reporter: Heather L. Ryan,

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Heather L. Ryan, R.N., C.L.N.C- Heather Ryan is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 15 years of experience in the health care industry. Her expertise in reviewing medical records and assisting lawyers with the determination as to whether legal action should be taken provides an invaluable asset to the newsroom. Medical-malpractice, products liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation are some of the recent areas of litigation Ms. Ryan has focused her efforts on. A member of the Florida Justice Association, Heather maintains a long list of certifications and credentials to support her areas of expertise and stays up-to-date with her clinical knowledge working as an emergency room/trauma nurse, at a Level 1, Adult/Pediatric trauma and teaching institution in South Florida.