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Medical malpractice suit accuses government agency of negligence

Whether in Washington, D.C., or elsewhere in the country, patients rightly expect their doctors to give them the care they need to stay healthy. A timely diagnosis can make all the difference in receiving necessary treatments, and with the faith most individuals place in modern medicine, it's difficult to imagine anyone being forced to repeatedly seek medical treatments without ever receiving a correct diagnosis. How tragic, then, to imagine seeing doctors for months because of severe pain and other problems only to eventually be told of a fatal illness after it is too late. Sadly, this is exactly what a recently filed medical malpractice lawsuit is alleging occurred.

A now-deceased military veteran in another state supposedly suffered just such a fate, and his family is not happy with the treatment – or alleged mistreatment -- he received. The man's estate is suing the Department of Veteran affairs because, they allege, insufficient measures were taken to diagnose his pancreatic cancer. It is this very cancer that claimed the man's life when it was finally diagnosed at too late a stage.

The individual had apparently been experiencing abdominal pain – along with several other problems – for some time. However, according to the suit, the Department of Veteran Affairs failed to provide him with proper medical care before his cancer had reached stage IV. The government agency's alleged failure to promptly and accurately diagnose and treat the plaintiff's pancreatic cancer led to his death.

For this failure, the lawsuit is seeking judgment against the defendant in an amount exceeding $75,000, in addition to legal fees. While medical malpractice suits may be notoriously difficult to prosecute, residents of Washington, D.C., who have suffered or lost loved ones due to the carelessness or error of health care professionals do not have to face their fight for justice alone. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can provide advice and guidance on legal options to hold responsible parties accountable for the pain and suffering these negligent individuals caused.

Source: pennrecord.com, "Estate of man who died of pancreatic cancer sues VA for medical malpractice", Louie Torres, July 19, 2017

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