Judge awards $1M to veteran in Kansas VA hospital abuse case
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has awarded more than $1 million in damages to another veteran who says he was sexually abused by a former physician assistant at a VA hospital in Kansas.
It’s the third time since November that U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree has ruled against the government in cases charging the government with medical malpractice at the Dwight D. Eisenhower VA Medical Center, KCUR-FM reported.
The veterans allege they were subjected to unnecessary genital exams and other physical abuse by Mark Wisner, who was a physician assistant at the Leavenworth VA hospital from 2008 to 2014.
Wisner was convicted of aggravated sexual battery and aggravated criminal assault in 2017 and sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison.
Crabtree ruled Friday that Leavenworth VA “wholly failed to comply” with the VA’s policy on reporting and tracking allegations of sexual misconduct at its facilities.
More than 80 veterans settled their lawsuits against the government in 2019 for $7 million, but several others decided to take their cases to trial.
In November, Crabtree awarded $538,000 in damages to one veteran and more than $1.5 million to another.