Family Of Veteran Who Committed Suicide Wins Med Mal Trial

Law360 (February 26, 2018, 10:13 PM EST) -- A Kansas federal judge ruled Friday that the federal government is liable in a suit accusing Veterans Affairs medical staff of being responsible for the suicide of a former U.S. Marine suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Following a seven-day bench trial held in January, U.S. District Judge Julie A. Robinson found that medical staff at the Kansas City VA Medical Center provided negligent treatment to William P. Draughon that proximately caused the Iraq War veteran's death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2010. Before awarding damages, however, the judge said plaintiff Donald Draughon, the father of the patient, must provide the...

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