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SC widow awarded $800K settlement in federal wrongful death lawsuit, says Dorn VA gave late husband wrong medication

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Published: Dec. 21, 2018 at 4:44 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A South Carolina woman representing the estate of her veteran husband has been awarded an $800,000 settlement after suing the United States, citing her late husband’s wrongful death while being treated at the Dorn VA hospital in Columbia.

The settlement documents, filed on Dec. 19, say U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs ruled that Rachel Keogh would be awarded the settlement, deciding that Dorn medical staff gave her husband the wrong medication.

On Jan. 22, 2017, Air Force and Korean War veteran Ralph Keogh went to Dorn VA for treatment for nausea and vomiting. The veteran, who had previously been treated for acute myelogenous leukemia, was given “several doses” of pegfilgrastim in error when he was prescribed filgrastim, according to the lawsuit filed in May 2018.

"Given Mr. Keogh’s medical history, the medication error caused Mr. Keogh to develop pulmonary toxicity, which led to acute respiratory distress syndrome or severe acute lung injury.

Ralph Keogh died on Feb. 2, 2017.

Because Dorn VA is run by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Richland County woman filed suit against the federal government, saying the defendant “departed from prevailing and acceptable professional standards of care in its treatment of Mr. Keogh and was thereby negligent, careless, grossly negligent, reckless, and in violation of the duties owed to him.”

The suit had asked for a jury trial to determine a settlement amount for his wrongful death and lost wages on from the couple.

You can see the full lawsuit and settlement here.

Keogh Complaint by on Scribd

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