Veterans Malpractice Payments Spike in 2012

U.S. government payments to resolve medical malpractice claims filed against the Department of Veterans Affairs came to $91.7 million last year, the most in at least 12 years.

Published Sept. 9, 2013

Veterans Affairs medical malpractice claims

Top malpractice payments from 2001 – 2012, in millions

Philadelphia
Memphis, Tenn.
Philadelphia
Los Angeles
Marion, Ill.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Chicago (Jesse Brown)
Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Northport, N.Y.
West Haven, Conn.

2012
2012
2007
2010
2010
2007
2010
2007
2008
2011

Failure to delay treatment
Failure to diagnose and treat
Not specified
Lack of informed consent
Wrong diagnosis and medication
Improper technique
Delay and failure to diagnose
Improper technique
Delay in treatment
Failure to diagnose resulting in death

VA office

Payment

Year

Case details include:

Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

GRAPHIC: ALEX TRIBOU / BLOOMBERG VISUAL DATA