How Significant Is VA Lawsuit Ruling, And What Are Next Steps?

Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 3:47pm
Updated: Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 3:53pm

The first trial related to the VA hospital scandal that began in Phoenix has ended with U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns awarding $2.5 million to veteran Steven Cooper.

He had argued that his now-terminal prostate cancer would have been curable if the VA hospital diagnosed it sooner.

Burns ruled a nurse practitioner who found abnormalities in Cooper's prostate during an exam in 2011 had breached the standard of care by failing to order more testing and refer him to a urologist.

So how significant is this ruling, and what could be the next steps?

We’re joined for a few minutes by Brandon Coleman, a VA whistleblower who worked as an addiction therapist at the Phoenix VA.

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