VA Radiation Exposure

Over the last year, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center has taken most of the public heat for a prostate-cancer-treatment program that went astray for six years, giving incorrect radiation doses to 97 out of 114 veterans. Now, the University of Pennsylvania – which designed, staffed, and supervised the radiation program – is feeling the pressure. Five veterans who received substandard therapy have filed federal lawsuits against various university entities, including its hospital and health system. That number may well grow because veterans who have sought compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs can file a federal lawsuit six months afterward, or any time after a claim is denied. As of May, the VA has rejected 12 of 38 claims seeking $71 million in damages. That number may well grow because veterans who have sought compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs can file a federal lawsuit six months afterward, or any time after a claim is denied. As of May, the VA has rejected 12 of 38 claims seeking $71 million in damages.

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