Family sues Fayetteville VA after vet kills wife, self
Posted December 21, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Fayetteville Veterans Affairs Medical Center failed to provide proper care and follow-up treatment before a veteran killed his wife, then himself, according to a lawsuit filed last week.
The family of 62-year-old Paul Wade Adams Sr. of Lumberton filed the lawsuit Wednesday, seeking $40 million.
According to the lawsuit, Adams went to the Fayetteville VA in June 2012 and was prescribed Zoloft after complaining of suicidal thoughts. A few weeks later, he tried to shoot himself and spent several days in the VA's psychiatric unit, where records show Adams had thoughts or plans about killing other people.
Adams killed his 56-year-old wife, Cathy, then himself on July 18, 2012.
The lawsuit says that the VA switched Adams' medication and released him without doing enough observation to see if it was working or warning his family he could be violent. The lawsuit also says that the VA was negligent in part because it didn't make sure Adams didn't have access to guns after he was released.
Officials at the VA declined to discuss the lawsuit.
Todd Conormon, one of the attorneys representing the family, said the two sides will likely pursue mediation in the case, but if it can't be settled out of court, he expects to go to trial sometime next year.