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Public health lab botches test results

The nine most terrifying words in the English language, it has been said, are "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." Those words rang true again while we read recently that a number of people in the nation's capital were given bad medical information about the Zika virus last year.

The medical errors resulted in misdiagnoses that included three people in Washington DC who were wrongly informed that they did not have the virus when, in fact, they did have it. Twenty-six others who might have been infected were wrongly given clean bills of health.

A closer look at wrong-site surgery

No one looks forward to surgery, but most San Antonio residents expect the best and hope that the operation will result in improved health.

Unfortunately, surgery can have the opposite effect. Far too often, surgical errors occur, leaving patients with more medical problems after the operation than they had before. Wrong-site surgery is a preventable medical error that has changed forever the lives of the victims of doctor negligence.

Federal government to pay $33.8 million for medical malpractice

Many people have made the point, but we are going to repeat it here: when a negligent doctor or hospital is ordered to pay a large amount to a victim of medical malpractice, it is because the damage is extensive. That is the case in a lawsuit recently decided by a U.S. District Court judge who has ordered that a little boy and his parents are to be paid $33.8 million.

The boy, now 3 years old, suffered irreversible brain damage during his birth in early December of 2013. The judge in the case found that the attending physician was negligent and failed to provide the medical standard of care.

Wait Times at VA Hospitals Can Delay Much-Needed Treatment

Depending on the hospital, veterans often have to make appointments at VA facilities months in advance. That kind of waiting can be bad for your health, especially if you're living with a life-threatening condition and you don't know it yet.

It's no secret that VA hospitals are busy. Still, when you do get to see a nurse or a doctor, that individual and the rest of the medical team are obligated to provide the appropriate standard of care. That does not always happen, though.

Veteran's estate wins medical malpractice case against VA

According to statistics, the eighth most common surgery in the U.S. is gallbladder removal. So it's unlikely that a 65-year-old veteran of the Viet Nam war was overly worried when he entered a Veterans Affairs medical center for the common procedure.

Two weeks after he walked in to the hospital, however, William Lovell was dead. His estate recently settled a medical malpractice lawsuit against the VA for just over $790,000.

Lack of Informed Consent Is a Problem at VA Hospitals

Whether you are a patient at a civilian hospital or a military hospital, you have a right to know about the risks associated with specific medical procedures. You also have a right to know who will be performing the procedure. Likewise, civilian and military doctors have an obligation to inform you about the risks.

A patient's approval of a medical procedure is known as informed consent, and if a doctor carries out a medical procedure without securing informed consent from the patient, the result can be a form of medical malpractice called medical battery.

Telling the truth about medical errors

She went in to a hospital for a routine hysterectomy. A nursing professor, she knows a bit about the medical profession. So she expected to be home from the surgery the following day.

Instead, a series of medical errors resulted in a laundry list of negative outcomes for her: she spent weeks in a coma, had to endure five surgeries and she sustained permanent injuries. And when she asked what had gone wrong, she was met with silence from both her surgeon and the hospital.

A dying veteran's last wish

He served more than 17 years in the U.S. Army, but says that after he left the service he was denied access to the health care he needed. Now the decorated veteran says he is dying of cancer.

In court documents, the vet days he was honorably discharged from the Army a decade ago, but began to develop health problems. When he tried to make appointments at the VA, he was only allowed to schedule them months in advance. And then the VA would often call before the appointment to cancel, forcing him to restart the process.

VA doctor admits to two medication errors

He thought he had a bad case of flu, so he went to the emergency room at the local VA hospital for help. Two days later, the man who had devoted his life to the military and protection of his nation was dead.

His widow recently spoke out for the first time since her husband's death, revealing that a VA doctor told her that there were medication errors during her husband's care in 2012.