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November 24, 2010

Palo Alto-VA, Third Veteran Settles Vision Loss Case for $400,000.00

Full Article at: Veteran reaches settlement over Palo Alto VA care

Associated Press November 24, 2010 08:00 AM Copyright Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

(11-24) 08:00 PST Palo Alto, Calif. (AP) —

A military veteran who suffered significant vision loss because of negligent treatment at a Northern California Veterans Administration hospital is receiving a $400,000 settlement.

The Palo Alto Daily News reports that 68-year-old LT Kennedy Jr. is the third veteran to reach a settlement with the federal government over treatment at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

His attorney, Kim David Staskus, said Tuesday his settlement — reached in September — is higher than at least one of the other veterans because he was still young enough to work when he experienced problems with his eyesight.

Kennedy was among eight veterans informed by the hospital in early 2009 that their glaucoma should have been evaluated by a medical doctor, not just an optometrist.

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Information from: Palo Alto Daily News, http://www.paloaltodailynews.com

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