A widow who sued the U.S. government over her husband’s death at the Marion VA Medical Center has accepted a settlement of almost $1 million.
The Kentucky man died in the hospital after gallbladder surgery last year. His widow, sued alleging medical negligence and accusing the government of failing to adequately check the background of her husband’s surgeon, before hiring him.
Reports by the medical inspector of the Veterans Health Administration and inspector general in the Department of Veterans Affairs have concluded that substandard care at the hospital left nine patients dead and 34 others seriously injured during a two-year period ending September 2007.
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