Over 1000 Wrongful Death Cases Against VA Hospitals Since 9/11

Indiana’s I-Team 8 has worked hard for years to uncover the truth about the care and neglect problems at VA hospitals in Indiana, and people are finally starting to listen.  Since 9/11, the VA has paid over $200 million in wrongful death cases, and over 1000 families have claimed wrongful death against the hospitals.

In Indiana, at least 13 patients have died in recent years in wrongful death claims related to the VA’s care, or lack thereof.  Many of the patients were turned away and refused care, several others were diagnosed incorrectly or even given incorrect procedures and treatments.  Since 2003, the VA has paid over $1.4 million in wrongful death settlements to Indiana families.

One of the biggest factors associated with this issue, is that employees of the VA are still being rewarded for the jobs they are performing, even though the care offered is falling far short of what is needed.  Many higher-ups in the hospitals are still receiving bonuses, some in Indiana reaching into four-figures, and some in other states reaching into five-figures (one recorded bonus to a TX hospital administrator was $53,000).

There are over 22 million Americans who depend on the VA for care, and the risks they are facing of receiving inadequate care, or even being turned away altogether, are too great. 

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to possible negligent care at the VA, or because of refusal of care, give the medical malpractice lawyers at Wagner Reese a call today.  We can assist you with your case and help your family receive the compensation they deserve.

 

About the Author

has been repeatly named an "Indiana Super Lawyer" by his peers and also honored as one of the "Forty Under Forty" by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Jason's areas of practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury, professional malpractice, and wrongful death claims.

Posted: 4/17/2014 10:00:00 AM by Jason R. Reese | with 0 comments


Plainfield Teen Falls Off Balcony In Panama City Over Spring Break

A thirteen-year-old boy died last week after he fell from a condo balcony in Panama City Beach, FL.  The boy, Zachary Dickman, was visiting Florida with his grandmother for spring break.  According to his grandmother, they were about to check out of the hotel when Zachary realized he had left his phone up in the hotel room.  Zachary went to retrieve his phone, but when he did not return several minutes later, his grandmother tried to call him.  When he did not answer his cell phone, his grandmother when back up to the room to check on him, and then discovered he had fallen from the balcony.

Zachary was a 7th grade student at Plainfield Community Middle School, and the school has shared that they are deeply saddened by the loss.  They have implemented the use of grief counselors for other students of the school, and they share their deepest sympathies with Zachary’s family.

The police are currently investigating how this tragedy happened, and they are treating the case as an accidental death.

We would also like to extend our sympathies to Zachary Dickman’s family and state how deeply sorry we are for their loss.  We hope that when we raise awareness of Spring Break accidents like these, perhaps we can save the lives of future children and teenagers.  If there is a way we can assist you or your family after an accident of this nature, please give us a call at 888-710-9377.


About the Author

has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's law expertise are in the areas of personal injury, worker's compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.



Posted: 4/16/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


Edgewood Police Officer Arrested After Fatal Accident
 

An off-duty Edgewood police officer has been arrested on an OWI after killing one and injuring others while he was driving under the influence of hydrocodone.  The officer, James Foutch, was driving a GMC Yukon when he crashed into the rear end of a Buick Century. Foutch was not injured, and his passenger was taken to the hospital with complaints of minor pains.

The driver of the Buick was Rebecca Marie Sperry, who was nine months pregnant.  She was transported by Stat Flight Medical Helicopter to St. Vincent and treated for severe injuries.  Later that day she gave birth via C-section to a baby girl.  Her husband, the passenger in the Buick, was pronounced dead at the scene of the OWI accident.

We are heartbroken to hear of this family that was torn apart by the negligence and carelessness of a police officer, who knows and understands not only is operating a vehicle while under the influence is illegal, it is also dangerous and deadly.  The accident is still under investigation, and we hope to bring you more details as they come.

For now, our deepest sympathies go out to Rebecca Sperry and her new daughter. We wish them healing and strength after this traumatic event, but know that their lives will never be the same without the husband and father who was taken from them.

If you have ever thought about getting behind the wheel of a car after you’ve been drinking, or if you are under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs, please take this story into consideration and call a friend or a taxi.  The dangers to both yourself and others is not worth the risk of driving while under the influence. 

If the lawyers at Wagner Reese can assist you or your family after an auto accident, please give us a call at 888-710-9377 for a free personal injury consultation.


About the Author

has been repeatly named an "Indiana Super Lawyer" by his peers and also honored as one of the "Forty Under Forty" by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Jason's areas of practice focuses on catastrophic personal injury, professional malpractice, and wrongful death claims.

Posted: 4/15/2014 10:00:00 AM by Jason R. Reese | with 0 comments


Workplace Noise Increases On the Job Injury Risk

A new study shows that workers who are exposed to abnormally loud noises on worksites are at a higher risk of injury than those who are not.  The study, published in Injury Prevention, was carried out by researchers at the National Public Health Institute of Quebec in Quebec City, and showed that for every decibel of hearing loss a worker suffered, their injury and hospitalization risk increased by 1%.

Further research showed that workers who were exposed to noise levels above 100 decibels had 2.4 times the risk of hospitalization as those exposed to lesser noise levels.  For workers who have suffered hearing loss, and continue to work in an excessively loud environment, their work-injury risk is 3.6 times greater than those without either of these factors.

Part of the study also revealed that some workers are wearing protective hearing devices that may also be increasing their risk for injury.  If protective hearing devices are too strong, they may prevent communication or signaling between workers, and injuries may occur as a result.  Proper hearing protection needs to be analyzed and distributed based on the type of noise levels encountered on individual job sites.

Did you sustain a work injury as the result of hearing loss, excessive noise levels, or overly-strong hearing protection?  If so, the law offices of Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with your case.  Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation and talk about the steps you can take toward receiving compensation for your injury.
 

About the Author

has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's law expertise are in the areas of personal injury, worker's compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 4/14/2014 10:00:00 AM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


Park the Phone and Drive


In honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just released a new ad, targeting teenagers and young adults who make a habit of cell phone usage while driving.

The ad cost a whopping $8.5 million to produce, but the results may be worth that cost. The ad depicts three teens on a drive together, laughing and talking and clearly enjoying themselves. When the driver pauses to answer a text message, the ad takes a dark turn.

Watch the full ad and see what you think:


Does this make you rethink texting and driving? We hope so. Help us share this ad and raise awareness of the thousands that are being injured and killed each year as a result of distracted driving and cell phone usage behind the wheel. Give us a call at 888-710-9377 if we can assist you in any way.

About the Author

has been repeatedly selected by his peers as an "Indiana Super Lawyer" and was awarded "Trial Lawyer of the Year" in 2006 by the Trial Lawyers Association. Stephen's law expertise are in the areas of personal injury, worker's compensation, civil rights, class action litigation and medical malpractice.

Posted: 4/11/2014 3:09:50 PM by Stephen M. Wagner | with 0 comments


 
 

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