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LawyersandSettlements.com Interviews Veterans Benefits Attorney Shanin Specter about Recent VA Hospital Reports
Date:7/24/2014

eaths at the VA have been attributable to incompetence and delays within the VA system. While according to FoxNews** (5/30/14), the VA has previously assumed responsibility for 23 deaths, Coburn’s reports states that “over the past decade, more than 1,000 veterans may have died as a result of VA malfeasance.” ***

“I think that the care provided at the VA hospitals, when it is provided in a timely fashion, has improved a lot over the decade,” Specter told LawyersandSettlements.com in an interview. “It used to be that the VA was the stepchild of the American medical system, and for the most part, that is no longer true.

“However, the delays in getting care are an entirely different situation,” Specter adds. “And it is a reminder of days gone by where care at the VA was substandard. Now the issue is not so much substandard care, the issue is can you get the care; and I have to say this has to be addressed."

“When you have delays, you are going to have more deaths and other complications that are going to affect quality of life,” says Specter.

The report is detailed, and provides a forensic snapshot into the world of the VA, from the funds spent on furniture each year, to the return on investments towards digitizing records. Most notable, however, are the examples of servicemen who fell victims to chronic delays at the VA.

One notable example cited by the report **** involved a Veterans medical malpractice incident in which a veteran of the US Navy who waited months for care and treatment. The man w
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