Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — In February 2008, a 57-year-old Air Force veteran committed suicide at the Dallas VA Medical Center by using a tall-frame wheelchair to hang himself. This came on the heels of two other suicides at the VA Hospital in January. After a fourth man hanged himself in his hospital room in April, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs closed the hospital for evaluation of the problem.
The family of the Air Force veteran contacted Brian Eberstein and Amy Witherite, highly experienced and renowned personal injury lawyers in Dallas and founding partners of the Dallas personal injury law firm of Eberstein & Witherite, to represent them in the medical negligence case against the VA Hospital. Mr. Eberstein and Ms. Witherite are prepared to argue and submit proof that this VA facility was inadequately staffed, poorly managed, and insufficiently equipped.
“Four suicides in the first four months of 2008 are the result of unreliable and extremely poor care that all veterans with emotional disorders get at the Dallas VA Hospital,” says Mr. Eberstein.
The 51-bed psychiatric unit of the Dallas VA Medical Center served all of North Texas. In 2005, federal investigators found that this facility ranked as the worst such medical center in the country.
In addition to running facilities that inadequately address the mental health issues of veterans, in recent weeks, the VA has also been accused of presenting misleading information about attempted suicides at its facilities. Some members of Congress have even criticized and asked for the resignation of the VA’s chief mental health officer, Dr. Ira Katz, for an attempted cover up of information.
Dr. Katz sent an e-mail to the VA’s top communications officer – with a subject line that read “Shh!” — asking whether the agency should acknowledge that there were 1,000 attempted suicides a month at its facilities. Publicly, the VA said that there were fewer than 800 in all of 2007.
“This is unacceptable,” says Mr. Eberstein. “After serving our country in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam, veterans deserve to have the finest medical care this country has to offer.”
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