The family of a 25-year-old California lab worker at a Veterans Affairs medical center is taking legal action against the institution after his death from bacterial infection. The wrongful death lawsuit asks for more than $20 million in damages based on a claim of negligence on the part of the medical center.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the center and uncovered at least three serious violations of safety measures to protect lab workers from infection. OSHA has stated that the young man's death was caused by failure of the VA to protect its lab workers from exposure to the harmful bacteria. Serious OSHA violations include those threats that create a substantial probability of physical harm or death and must be corrected immediately to avoid fines and penalties.