Wright Abshire, Attorneys, A Professional Corporation
Houston: 713-660-9595
The Woodlands: 936-273-2773
Fayette County: 979-278-4095

Veteran's hospital delays treatment for South Carolina man

A 44-year-old Army veteran is finally receiving chemotherapy for a baseball-sized tumor almost a year after he initially complained to his doctor about his symptoms. The man is reportedly just one of as many as 7,000 veterans who has had a delay in their care or treatment.

The man, who began experiencing pain and rectal bleeding as far back as 2011, reportedly traveled to several South Carolina Veteran's Affairs clinics and hospitals seeking treatment, however, the VA kept telling him that he was suffering from hemorrhoids and would only prescribe pain medications. The man stated that one of the doctors that he saw several times mentioned a colonoscopy on more than one occasion, but there was never any follow-up.

Although the man was finally able to convince the doctor to schedule him for a colonoscopy, he was later informed that it would take several more months before his colonoscopy could be scheduled. Almost a year later, the colonoscopy was performed, and doctors found a cancerous tumor that was described as being the size of a baseball.

An internal document obtained by the news agency CNN reportedly shows that the deaths of at least 19 veterans have occurred simply because of missed diagnoses due to delays in obtaining a vital medical screening, such as a colonoscopy or endoscopy. The U.S. Department of Internal Affairs document also reportedly states that these veterans were part of a group of 82 veterans during a period between 2010 and 2011 that suffered or died from cancer due to a delay in diagnosis or treatment.

Those who have served their country may have eligibility for veterans' benefits. An experienced Texas attorney may be able to help a veteran apply for such benefits or appeal an unfavorable decision.

Source: CNN.com, "Veterans dying because of health care delays" Scott Bronstein, Nelli Black, and Drew Griffin, Jan. 30, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

We Believe in Client Satisfaction Here is what our clients say about our hands-on approach to elder law and estate planning.

  • Thank you for your caring expression of sympathy. But more importantly, I want you to know how much your warmth as human beings has been palpably present in all the social and business intercourse we have experienced with you. Your willingness to allow yourselves to be completely human as you ply your trade adds a dimension to your professional stature which is unparalleled by most of your profession. Please don't change. You stand head and shoulders above the crowd. - L.T
  • Everyone in the firm was extremely cordial, courteous and professional, which made our family feel at ease knowing that our needs would be expertly managed. - R.L.
  • Everyone I came in contact with were kind and helpful. They were so professional as well as personable. I loved them. - J.B.
  • Very helpful in a family time of need. Excellent staff and service. After dealing with the State I have no idea how anyone could take this journey without the law firm's services. - L.N.
  • The firm did all things especially well. I was always impressed by the competent manner in which everyone worked and was confident that it would be "mission accomplished..." – J.T.
  • No detail was overlooked. Everything went very well. We feel so fortunate that your firm is well informed, capable and willing to do so much for us. I can't thank you enough for everything! - N.C.
Learn More
Email Us for a Response

Have a question about elder law in Texas? We can help. Schedule A Consultation Now

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

"The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form."

Contact Our Texas Elder Law Attorneys Today We have 3 locations to better serve you. Contact our office closest to you.

Bellaire Office
4949 Bissonnet Street
Bellaire, TX 77401

Phone: 713-660-9595
Fax: 713-660-8889
Bellaire Law Office Map

Bellaire Office

The Woodlands Office
3117 College Park Drive, Suite 240
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Phone: 936-273-2773
Fax: 713-660-8889
The Woodlands Law Office Map

The Woodlands Office

Carmine Office
1055 Deer Haven Road
Carmine, TX 78932

Phone: 979-278-4095
Fax: 713-660-8889
Carmine Law Office Map

Carmine Office
Back To Top