The government is settling another insulin overdose death at VA Medical Center.
The widow of a man who died after an insulin injection at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center has reached a preliminary settlement with the federal government. Several other families have already reached settlements that range from $ 700,000 to $ 975,000 per victim.
Now, according to court documents, Mary Dean, Charles Dean’s widow, who died after an insulin injection in central Virginia, VA, has agreed to settle for $ 625,000. Her attorney, Tony O’Dell, said approval of the settlement had been filed in the Upshur County Circuit Court and a hearing was scheduled for June 3rd.
The petition states: “Charles Dean died on April 26, 2017 after being wrongly injected with insulin due to multiple system failures by the staff and administration of the Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center.”
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Reta Mays, 46, who pleaded guilty last July of killing seven veterans on the center’s night shift, is also due to be convicted this week. She started working in the hospital in June 2015 and was discharged from her service in July 2018. Mays worked the night shift from 7.30 p.m. to 8.00 a.m. in Ward 3A with little supervision.
In July 2020, former home nurse Mays pleaded guilty to “seven second degree murders and one assault with intent to commit murder” after killing seven patients by injecting them with unprescribed, lethal doses of insulin. Too much insulin in the blood causes the cells to absorb too much sugar, which causes the liver to release less glucose. Both of these effects lead to dangerously low blood glucose levels, and patients died of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Mays also admitted injecting insulin to an eighth patient who did not die. Your motive for committing these acts is unclear.
“These families deserve answers, as do the veterans currently relying on Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center for much-needed care. It offers some closure, ”said Charleston attorney Tony O’Dell, who represents five of the families approaching a settlement. “It gives the government the opportunity to take responsibility.” However, he said, “There are still families who will never get answers. Your loved ones died on 3A. She worked 3A. You will always be amazed. “
US Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., added, “The West Virginia veteran community deserves transparency about how these horrific murders happened in a VA facility, and I will continue to urge the VA to deliver the report as soon as possible possible to publish. The quality of care our veterans receive at VAMCs and VA facilities in West Virginia across the country is of paramount importance, and I will continue to fight to ensure that every veteran has access to the safe, high-quality healthcare they deserve . “He added,” No amount of money or admission of guilt can bring their loved ones back, but I hope these settlements bring peace of mind to the families of the victims. “
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