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Veteran's family to receive $227,500 in Legionnaires' settlement

| Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:16 a.m.

The federal government has agreed to pay $227,500 to settle one of the wrongful-death lawsuits filed against the Department of Veterans Affairs over the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at local VA hospitals, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

If U.S. District Judge Arthur Schwab approves the settlement, the government will pay the estate of Navy veteran John Ciarolla, 83, of North Versailles about $158,600 while paying the estate's attorneys about $68,900.

The Tribune-Review reported that the government had reached a settlement with Ciarolla's family in April, but details weren't available.

The government has settled one other lawsuit and three claims that didn't reach the court over veterans who contracted the disease during the outbreak.

More than a half-dozen people have filed claims against the government over the outbreak, which sickened at least 22 patients from February 2011 to November 2012 at VA campuses in Oakland and O'Hara. At least six patients died.

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