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Medical malpractice lawsuit settled in VA medical center death

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:26 PM
Last updated 8:40 PM
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A medical malpractice lawsuit filed over the death of a 33-year-old Air Force veteran at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been settled for $500,000.

The federal civil lawsuit was closed Monday with the acceptance of the settlement agreement regarding Jamie Bassett, who died June 11, 2009. The father of four went to the medical center’s emergency room repeatedly over a 10-day period because of abdominal pain.

Bassett was sent home without treatment until June 3, 2009, when he was admitted. During emergency surgery the next day, the surgeon removed 1.5 feet of dead small intestine.

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IBeDogGone 03/11/14 - 08:44 pm

The salary of Dr. Stapleton would provide consults and surgery for several patients if he were not still on the payroll. I think not only the Physcians but the Administration need to be replaced. Their saleries need to stop the day they or demoted or replaced. There is no accountability with the VA whatsoever.

andy112382 03/13/14 - 08:22 pm
Not uncommon....unfortunately....

Almost exact same thing happened to me in 2006, the condition and misdiagnosed condition, that is. They said I had appendicitis, almost a month later and a long stay in ICU plus 4 feet or so of small intestine removed, I finally got to go back home.

Sad thing is, as much as we hear about breast cancer, AIDs, and so on I bet not many people know March is Blood Clot Awareness month. More people die from blood clots in America each year than breast cancer, AIDs, and traffic accidents combined. Yet, they still miss very badly on this condition.

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