Army veteran suing Phoenix VA after their negligence has left him terminally ill


An Army veteran, who served his country for 18 years, says he’s now terminally ill because of the VA ‘s inadequate care.

44-year-old Steve Cooper has filed a lawsuit against the VA in Phoenix for $50 million, claiming his terminal cancer is the result of poor medical care and appointment delays.

The lawsuit filed in Arizona federal court claims Cooper was denied access to medical care at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix.  When he finally did get in to see a doctor, Cooper says, he was provided with “negligent medical care resulting in the delayed diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.”

Cooper’s attorney told the Phoenix Business Journal that his client is now dying of prostate cancer because he didn’t receive proper treatment when he should have gotten it.

“If caught early, it’s completely treatable,” Greg Patton said. “Letting it go up to two years like the VA did allowed it to spread. Now it’s incurable. He is facing a terminal diagnosis of prostate cancer at the age of 44 — all of which is preventable. It’s a horrible case.”

Cooper had apparently been seeking care since 2009 and did “everything he was supposed to do.”

There’s been no official comment from the Phoenix VA regarding this lawsuit.

“Unfortunately, this VA system and their health care providers just took it all away from him,” Patton said. “They took his life.”

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