Miami VA Hospital Sued After Veteran Contracts Hepatitis C

According to Robert Metzler, a veteran of the U.S Air Force, he is the victim of medical malpractice during a routine colonoscopy at the Miami Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Hospital.

That malpractice consisted of clinicians performing Metzler’s colonoscopy with dirty equipment. According to Metzler’s complaint, the malpractice caused him to contract hepatitis C.

According to his lawyer, Metzler’s life is over due to the disease. Metlzer’s future will consist of him being exhausted all the time, losing sexual companionship, and having the threat of developing cirrhosis or liver cancer. On the other hand, Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence Rosen, a VA representative, believes Metzler could very well be free and clear of the hepatitis C within the next 12 months.

According to a report from the Miami Herald, more than 11,000 veterans received colonoscopies with dirty equipment across 4 VA hospitals. To date, 5 veterans have come up positive for HIV, 25 have tested positive for hepatitis C, and at least 8 have come up positive for hepatitis B.

Multiple suits have been filed in other states, and 11 have settled out-of-court in Miami alone. Metzler’s complaint is seeking $30,000,000 for the VA’s malpractice.

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