Vets Affected by VA Hospital Errors to File Claims
July 28, 2009
An attorney representing about 60 veterans will ask the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to pay disability benefits and damages for mistakes that may have exposed them to blood-borne infections. Mike Sheppard of Nashville said he expects other affected veterans will join the complaint.
Other veterans are likely to seek compensation beyond the VA's offer of free medical care, said Sheppard. "I've gotten calls from all over the country," he noted.
According to Sheppard, the compensation requested will vary depending on the veterans' age, ailments, and other factors. "It's a case by case basis," he said.
The VA has said there is no way to prove that the positive tests stem from the endoscopy mistakes. In a statement, the agency expressed regret but also said veterans have been informed of their legal right "to submit disability claims on account of VA negligence."
07.27.2009; Bill Poovey
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