TN VA hospital must pay $2.5M to parents in son’s wrongful death lawsuit

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Two years after filing suit, a Nashville jury awarded parents of an Army vet $2.5 million in a wrongful death settlement. Carol and Steven Merritt’s 26-year-old son Aaron died in Oct. 2014 at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Nashville from a curable condition, the Tennessean reported. Aaron’s parents filed a lawsuit against the hospital for negligence after VA doctors ignored an adverse reaction to a medication they prescribed. “Aaron protected our country and our freedom,” his mother Carol Merritt said. “But who protected Aaron?” — Tennessean (@Tennessean) October 23, 2018 Aaron was honorably discharged nine months before his death and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis around that same time. VA doctors were aware that Aaron had a pre-existing condition that suppressed his immune system when they prescribed him the medication Azathioprine. The medication is an anti-inflammatory drug known to decrease white blood cell and platelet counts

Source: TN VA hospital must pay $2.5M to parents in son’s wrongful death lawsuit

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