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

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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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.