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Vet gets $250K for VA hospital negligence

PALO ALTO, Calif. A military veteran who claims he's legally blind because of negligent treatment at a Northern California Veterans Administration hospital is getting $250,000 to settle the case.

David E. Woodward Sr. is one of eight eye patients treated at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System who were told last year that their vision loss may have been caused by improper care.

The hospital's chief of staff wrote the 87-year-old Woodward that his vision loss due to glaucoma may have been preventable, saying treatment should have been overseen and reviewed by an eye care specialist.

The San Jose Mercury News says Woodward was diagnosed "glaucoma suspect" and nothing was done for more than four years.

Woodward lawyer Kim Staskus says the government did not admit responsibility, but says the payout speaks for itself.