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Homicide in VA Hospital Linked to 10 Other Patient Deaths

The Louis A. Johnson Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV is under investigation for its staff’s role in the deaths of approximately 10 patients, including one that was ruled as a homicide.

In April 2018, an 82-year-old retired Army sergeant who was a patient of the hospital died due to complications resulting from low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Initial investigation into the death uncovered that the victim’s hypoglycemic condition was caused by an insulin injection — the patient was not diabetic.

An insulin injection, for a non-diabetic person, can be fatal. According to NBC News, investigators reported “’that there was evidence that nine or 10 other patients’ at the hospital had died after insulin was injected into their abdomens,” the same part of the body where the retired Army sergeant was injected. The homicide victim’s family was not informed of his cause of death, or its’ connection to the deaths of other patients in the same hospital, until six months after he was killed.

This case differs from typical wrongful death or medical malpractice claims because of the criminal element. Civil claims can coexist with criminal cases — in many cases, criminal charges aid in the success of related civil litigation. The criminality of this case also separates it from standard medical malpractice claims because rather than negligence, the death can be attributed to purposeful actions.

Allegedly, nobody who currently works at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center was involved in the homicide. The hospital is working with investigators to uncover the details of the case, as well as the other deaths.

The victim’s estate is pursuing a $6 million wrongful death claim to compensate for the pain and suffering caused by the incident.

If your loved one was killed or harmed while in the care of medical staff, contact Troy Law Firm PLLC. Our attorney represents victims in a variety of personal injury cases, including medical malpractice and wrongful death. Send us a message or call (304) 345-1122 to schedule a free consultation.