Government faces wrongful death lawsuit over deadly fall at Kansas City VA Center

By Daniel Beauregard | Aug 2, 2018

The Veterans Administration is blamed for neglect in a recent lawsuit.   Pixelbay

KANSAS CITY — The family of a man who died after being treated at the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Center accuses the Department of Veteran Affairs of neglect and malpractice.

Donald Jameson Jr. and James T. Jamerson filed the complaint on July 27 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, alleging the Kansas City VA Center did not properly monitor and care for Donald Jamerson Sr.

The lawsuit asks for monetary damages as compensation for personal injuries and the wrongful death caused by the government in their failure to provide proper monitoring and oversight to the hospital.

According to the complaint, Jamerson Sr. was admitted to the hospital after experiencing weakness, confusion and weight loss. During the course of his stay, Jamerson slipped off his bed and hit the back of his head. 


The family is asking for damages for the alleged wrongful death.  

After the first fall, Jamerson was provided with one-on-one supervision as a high risk patient.

The VA center was planning to transfer Jamerson Sr. to a nursing facility, the complaint states, and removed his close supervision. The next day, Jamerson allegedly got out of bed, slipped and hit his head on the floor, resulting in bleeding and permanent brain injury.

He died as a result of his injuries a week later, the complaint states.

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