Medical malpractice, veterans, misdiagnoses, veterans health care, immunity, legal rights
Dr. Levy, who served as the Chief of Pathology at the Fayetteville Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks (“Fayetteville VA”) from 2005 to 2018, diagnosed veterans with an error rate of 10%. The “pathology practice average is 0.7%.” Of the more than 3,000 cases Dr. Levy misdiagnosed, 589 were classified as “Level 3 (major) errors” which should always “trigger an [internal] investigation.” Unfortunately, no investigations ensued until Dr. Levy’s ultimate arrest, although the Fayetteville VA addressed Dr. Levy’s behavior repeatedly throughout his employment.
Taylor C. Spillers,
Fighting the FTCA: Medical Malpractice, Veterans, and the VA,
74 Ark. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uark.edu/alr/vol74/iss2/9