No more lawsuits possible in West Virginia hospital deaths in Virginia – CBS Pittsburgh
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Lawyers have until the August deadline to file additional civil lawsuits on behalf of families whose loved ones have died under suspicious circumstances at a Virginia veterans hospital- Western.
Charleston attorney Tony O’Dell told the Charleston Gazette-Mail he would work to file on behalf of the families until the deadline, which is the second anniversary since information about the investigation was released. made public about suspicious deaths at Louis A. Johnson VA. Medical center in Clarksburg.
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“We’re still looking for a few more,” O’Dell told The Associated Press in an email.
Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant who admitted to killing seven elderly veterans in hospital with lethal insulin injections, was sentenced last week to life in prison by a federal judge who called her ” monster that nobody sees coming ”.
A VA report released last week showed that the families of 24 patients submitted inquiries to the hospital or the federal government after the events were first reported in the media.
The AV Inspector General’s office reviewed the electronic health records of more than 200 hospital patients with the aim of identifying potential victims beyond the 10 patients initially identified by investigators.
The OIG’s Office of Health Care Inspections identified 112 patients who died on Mays’ floor in the hospital during her employment, which began in mid-2015 until she was laid off in July 2018. And 66 patients suffered from at least one hypoglycemic event during its use.
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According to the VA report, there were 21 deaths of patients whose electronic health records indicated either hypoglycemic events, lack of documentation, abnormal clinical decline, or death pending imminent transfer to levels of inferior care.
O’Dell said the report was not clear whether the 21 deaths were distinct from the 10 previous deaths identified earlier.
The federal government had previously accepted the settlement of numerous lawsuits brought by families of veterans alleging a widespread system of hospital failures. O’Dell has represented many families in these lawsuits.
Veterans Inspector General Michael Missal announced after the conviction that the hospital had accepted 15 recommendations from its investigation.
Among the findings were missteps in recruitment and performance evaluation at the hospital, unsecured medication rooms and carts in the ward where Mays worked, a lack of clinical assessments of unexplained hypoglycemic events, delays in notification and response to events, and poor monitoring and surveillance functions.
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