Long Wait Times, Failure To Follow Accepted Standards Of Care

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On behalf of Hastings Law Firm posted in Doctor Errors on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

Veterans who have served their country overseas are apparently fighting another battle here at home — healthcare. A survey of some Texas veterans revealed that over a third were not able to obtain appointments pertaining to mental health at their local VA, which may indicate a failure to follow accepted standards of care. As stated by one of the best law firms for medical mistakes in Houston, TX, for anyone with a mental health issue, timing can be crucial for receiving treatment and help.

A whopping 43 percent of Texas veterans surveyed admitted that they had to delay therapy after they experienced difficulty actually getting an appointment with a counselor. For most of them, this meant waiting three months just to see a mental health specialist. The VA standard is only 14 days. Additionally, nearly a third believed that their allotted time with their counselor wasn’t long enough.

However, it’s not just mental health specialists that some have trouble seeing. For most, doctors for other health care needs required almost a three-month wait to be seen. Long wait times and difficulty accessing timely care and treatment might be why over a third reported being unsatisfied with their quality of care.

Mental health needs usually require prompt screening and treatment in order to be treated and maintained most effectively. Failure to follow accepted standards of care might be what has caused some Texas veterans and other patients to have such difficulty gaining access to important mental health care providers. For victims or the families of those injured or lost due to the inability to access the proper health care, the successful litigation done by our Houston attorneys specializing in medical errors of a medical malpractice claim can provide a legal compensation for the suffering that those with untreated mental health issues might have had to suffer through.

Source: Navy Times, Gregg Zoroya, June 4, 2014



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