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6 lawsuits filed over patient deaths in West Virginia VA hospital

| Sep 9, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

A hospital in West Virginia is facing six lawsuits as a result of a medical provider who was involved in the deaths of seven people. The former nursing assistant admitted to intentionally murdering seven patients by giving them fatal doses of insulin.

The newest lawsuit revolves around a 92-year-old World War II veteran who passed away suddenly at the VA hospital. There are five additional lawsuits surrounding five deaths in January, March, April and June 2018. The most recent lawsuit claims that the elderly man’s unusual onset of hypoglycemia was similar to what happened with other patients who had been fatally drugged.

The former nursing assistant, who was fired by the hospital, pleaded guilty in July of this year to giving unprescribed insulin injections to seven patients. She now faces up to life in prison for each of those deaths. She did not provide a clear motive for her actions, so those investigating still don’t know why she chose to end the lives of the veterans in her care.

Patients who survive an intentional injury and family members of those who don’t survive have every right to pursue a legal claim against the medical provider who participated in a crime. They may also be able to pursue legal action against the hospital or other providers who should or could have been able to prevent the actions that occurred.

Although situations like this are rare, they do occur. Families need to know their rights so they can take action against the at-fault parties and seek the justice and compensation they need and deserve.