In the healthcare industry, when mistakes are made, people can suffer catastrophic injuries and even die. Therefore, it is not a stretch to say that when we submit to the care of a medical professional, we are trusting them with our wellbeing as well as our very lives.
With that in mind, it is criminal that not only are our veterans being neglected and mistreated by VA hospitals, but in some cases, those in charge of the facilities are receiving bonuses despite their negligence.
According to Newsmax, on May 28, members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee discovered that VA personnel at 42 VA facilities under investigation for ignoring and abusing their patients still received bonuses for their performance, including:
- Carl Hawkins, who as regional director of the Columbia, South Carolina VA allowed the backlog of disability claims to double, with 95 of the claims, reportedly, being improperly shredded. Despite those failings, in addition to his $165,300 salary, from 2007 to 2011, Hawkins received bonuses totaling $79,275.
- Diana Rubens, who as supervisor of 60 VA offices allowed the disability-benefit claims backlog to grow to seven times the size it was before she took the position. Still, despite that being the case, from 2007 to 2011, she collected bonuses totaling $96,896.
Lawyers That Handle Medical Malpractice
No one, especially our veterans, should be subjected to this level of incompetence when it comes to his or her medical treatment. Stewart Law Offices, LLC understands what is at stake for the victims of medical malpractice and their families. We take these cases very seriously, and will fight relentlessly to ensure our clients’ needs are met and justice is served.