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The VA notifies veterans of potential medical malpractice

Living with a brain injury requires specific care, treatment and help. Any failure to diagnose a traumatic brain injury can leave victims vulnerable to further injury. A recent internal investigation at the Department of Veterans Affairs revealed that a sizable number of veterans were the victim of medical malpractice after their traumatic brain injuries were misdiagnosed.

Before veterans in California can receive disability compensation for a TBI, they must be thoroughly examined and diagnosed by a medical professional. However, TBIs are complicated matters and cannot be diagnosed by any old physician. Examinations for this type of injury must be conducted by a professional trained to spot the hallmarks of the disease. Neurosurgeons, neurologists and psychiatrists are necessary for rendering an accurate diagnosis.

Unfortunately, 24,000 veterans were not examined by any of these professionals. The VA's internal review of TBI examinations from 2007 to 2015 revealed that those veterans did not receive an accurate diagnosis because the individuals conducting the examinations were not actually qualified to do so. The effected veterans were notified by mail with an offer to have a secondary examination with a specialist capable of properly interpreting the results.

California veterans deserve to be treated by the correct specialists who can render accurate and timely diagnoses. The VA's failure to provide patients with the correct diagnosis left thousands of veterans in potentially vulnerable positions by leaving them unable to receive necessary treatment. Medical malpractice claims are intended to help victims in situations such as this by providing just legal recourse and compensation for physical, financial and emotional damages.

Source:, "VA Admits It Failed To Properly Diagnose 24,000 Vets With Traumatic Brain Injury", Jonah Bennett, June 2, 2016

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