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Bay Pines VA another incompetence concern – 3 veterans die after thoracic surgery.

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So many stories of VA not doing right by their veterans. Here’s another this time, Bay Pines VA. When a hospital has to pause surgeries there is clearly something that went wrong. The OIG investigated a complaint that a thoracic surgeon was incompetent and while the OIG did not substantiate that the surgeon was incompetent though 3 veterans died within weeks while in post op care after thoracic surgery.
I gathered up some stories for you over time of VA’s spotty record. Read on.

Published: BAY PINES, Fla. (WFLA) – Concerns about quality of care have shut down the thoracic surgery unit at the VA hospital at Bay Pines. VA spokesperson Jason Dangel confirms the decision to “temporarily pause thoracic surgeries.” The Joint Commission, a group that accredits hospitals, received a complaint about the thoracic unit and notified Bay Pines.

Read the article on wfla.com >

VA investigators plan to visit the state to look into management, personnel issues and medical practices at the Roseburg and Eugene veterans
clinics, a spokeswoman for an Oregon congressman said.
The investigation follows a report by The Register-Guard less than two weeks ago on claims by Dr. Scott Russi and several nurses that poor leadership at the Roseburg location and retaliation against whistleblowers were driving doctors to move to the Eugene clinic, compromising patient care.
VA vows changes on bad health care providers, lawmakers take action after USA TODAY investigation | Veterans Affairs and Veterans News from HadIt.com | Scoop.it

VA vows changes on bad health care providers, lawmakers take action after USA TODAY investigation

“Under Secretary Shulkin, VA’s new direction is to hold employees accountable and to be transparent with our findings and actions,” Cashour said.”… Followed by more blah, blah, blah

 

VA watchdog: Tomah staff failed to report rogue dentist | Veterans Affairs and Veterans News from HadIt.com | Scoop.it

VA watchdog: Tomah staff failed to report rogue dentist

The watchdog agency for the federal Department of Veterans Affairs says staff at the Tomah VA Medical Center failed to report a dentist who used improperly sterilized equipment for more than nine months and found surprise inspections could have alerted hospital leaders sooner.
The findings are contained in a report released Thursday by Office of Inspector General on its investigation into the lapse in hygiene, which could have exposed hundreds of veterans to bloodborne infections, including HIV and hepatitis.
Theresa “Tbird” Aldrich’s insight:

“What the heck is wrong with people? What kind of doctor doesn’t sterilize his equipment? What happened to do no harm? I was one of 1800 veterans in St Louis when this happened here. It was horrible the waiting for the test results to make sure I was clean.”

 

Inspector general says Roseburg VA used outdated colonoscopy methods | Veterans Affairs and Veterans News from HadIt.com | Scoop.it

Inspector general says Roseburg VA used outdated colonoscopy methods

The inspector general reported conclusions based on an investigation requested by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield. DeFazio said he heard from a constituent in 2014 that patients experienced long waits for colonoscopies and problems with the quality of those colonoscopies at the Roseburg VA.

Veteran patients in imminent danger at VA hospital in D.C., investigation finds

The facility has repeatedly run out of surgical equipment, used expired tools and dirty sterile storage areas. Conditions are so dangerous at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., that the agency’s chief watchdog issued a rare preliminary report Wednesday to alert patients and other members of the public.

 

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Probe Of Veterans Affairs Hospital Shows Patients Were Put At Risk

Steve Inskeep talks to VA Inspector General Michael Missal about an investigation into the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center. It found serious issues regarding the handling of medical equipment.

 

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Photos Showing ‘Shameful’ Scenes At VA Hospital Prompt Investigation

“The man laid down on the floor, and they went in there and picked him up and set him back in the chair,” one veteran recalled.

 

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Report: Florida VA hospital left deceased veteran in shower room for 9 hours

The investigation found that once the veteran died, hospice staff members requested a staffer known as a “transporter” to get the body moved to the morgue.
The transporter told them to follow proper procedures and notify dispatchers, but that request was never made, so nobody showed up to take the body away.

 

Cincinnati VA investigation is focus of public radio program Reveal | Veterans Affairs and Veterans News from HadIt.com | Scoop.itCincinnati VA investigation is focus of public radio program Reveal

Questions about the quality of care for veterans at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center — as well as problems facing Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country — will be the focus of this.

 

 

Veterans Affairs conducts internal investigation into OKC VA Medical Center | Veterans Affairs and Veterans News from HadIt.com | Scoop.itVeterans Affairs conducts internal investigation into OKC VA Medical Center

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is conducting an internal investigation into the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center, officials said.

 

List By Symptom – VA Disability Compensation

In March 2020 the VA removed the DBQ’s from their website. NVLSP.org has made them available to the public here
See above, the links below currently are broken, since the VA removed the DBQ’s
Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) Veterans now have more control over the disability claims process. Veterans have the option of visiting a private health care provider instead of a VA facility to complete their disability evaluation form.
Veterans can have their providers fill out any of the more than 70 DBQs that are appropriate for their conditions and submit them to us. It’s that easy!
Source: www.benefits.va.gov
Current as of 09/05/207 Check here for the latest Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) 

Cardiovascular

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of varicose veins, arterial diseases, producing swelling, claudication of legs, or pain on walking, skin/nail changesArtery and Vein Conditions (Vascular Diseases including varicose veins)
Evaluation of high blood pressure (BP): how to determine significance of BP readings or BP reading abnormalities.Hypertension
Conditions including: heart attack (MI), irregular rhythm, heart murmurs and heart surgery.Heart Conditions (Including IHD, Non-IHD, Arrhythmias Valvular Disease and Cardiac Surgery)

Dental and Oral

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of all dental and oral conditions, except TMJ Conditions.Dental and Oral Conditions
Evaluation of conditions affecting the TMJ joint with pain in the jaw when biting and clicks and sounds in the jaw.Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Conditions

Dermatological

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation for infectious and non-infectious diseases of the skin: how to evaluate rashes, spots, athlete’s foot, sweating, and acne skin lesions.Skin Diseases
Evaluation of palpable or disfiguring scars, producing distortion or asymmetry.Scars and Disfigurement

Ear, Nose, and Throat

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of various conditions of the ear including: infections, dizziness, vertigo, acoustic tumors and other conditions with ringing in the ears (tinnitus).Ear Condition (including: Vestibular and Infectious Conditions)
Evaluation of Anosmia (inability to detect any odor), Hyposmia (reduced ability to detect odors), Ageusia (complete lack of taste), Hypogeusia (decrease in sense of taste) and other conditions affecting the sense of smell and taste.Loss of Sense of Smell and/or Taste
Evaluation of conditions affecting, the sinuses, nose, throat, larynx, and pharynx, including, but not limited to deviated nasal septum and organic aphonia, vocal chord problems.Sinusitis, Rhinitis, and other Conditions of the Nose, Throat, Larynx, and Pharynx

Endocrinological

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of DM Type I or II, with alteration of blood sugar regulation, abnormal Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT), requiring medication or hospitalization or complications.Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
Evaluation of conditions affecting the hormone glands, including, but not limited to Cushing’s syndrome, Acromegaly, and Addison’s Disease.Endocrine Diseases (other than Thyroid and Parathyroid, or Diabetes Mellitus)
Evaluation of conditions affecting the functions regulated by the thyroid and parathyroid glands, including, but not limited to growth and metabolism.Thyroid and Parathyroid Conditions

Gastrointestinal

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of conditions affecting the esophagus such as stricture, spasm, or other conditions with lump in throat or chest, pain on swallowing, or regurgitation.Esophageal Conditions (including GERD, Hiatal Hernia, and Other Esophageal Disorders)
Evaluation of gallbladder disease, with inflammation, gallstones, pain after eating fatty food, or pancreatic conditions including pancreatitis that manifests as severe recurrent abdominal pain.Gallbladder and Pancreas Conditions
Evaluation of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) (chronic recurrent diarrhea or constipation). Ulcerative colitis (chronic inflammatory bowel condition leading to erosions and bleeding) and other conditions with Bloody stools, fistulas, and/or abscess.Intestinal Conditions (other than surgical or infectious) including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Diverticulits
Evaluation of hepatitis (which refers to a variety of inflammatory and infectious conditions) and Cirrhosis (chronic liver disease resulting from liver injury leading to degeneration of the liver)and other conditions characterized by jaundice, ascitis, fluid retention.Hepatitis, Cirrhosis and Other Liver Conditions
Evaluation of peritoneal adhesions, which are scars of the visceral lining of the abdominal structures that produces episodes of partial or complete bowel obstruction.Peritoneal Adhesions
Evaluation of stomach and duodenum conditions such as peptic ulcer disease, recurrent pain relieved by antacids, bloody stools, nausea or vomiting, indigestion.Stomach and Duodenum Conditions (not including GERD or Esophageal Disorders)
Evaluation of Amebiasis, dysentery, and various types of intestinal parasites with recurrent diarrhea, alteration in stool consistency or foul smell.Infectious Intestinal Disorders, including Bacterial and Parasitic Infections
Evaluation of removal of portions of the intestine and reconstruction and diversion of the intestinal tract: bowel diversion that requires use of external bags to collect stool.Intestinal Surgery (Bowel Resection, Colostomy, and Ileostomy)

Genitourinary

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of renal diseases including Nephritis, renal insufficiency, and other diseases of the kidney: kidney failure, abnormal kidney function tests, protein in the urine, edema, kidney stones.Kidney Conditions (Nephrology)
Evaluation of diseases of the urethra, penis, testes, and scrotum, producing pain on urination, swelling, blood in urine or incontinence.Male Reproductive Organ Conditions
Evaluation of malignant lesions of the prostate gland with frequent diurnal or nocturnal urination.Prostate Cancer
Evaluation of conditions affecting the bladder and urethra, including, but not limited to voiding dysfunctions and infections.Urinary Tract (Bladder and Urethra)

Gynecological

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of inflammatory neoplastic and cystic lesions of the breast: Breast mass or lumps.Breast Conditions and Disorders
Evaluation of diseases of the female genital tract including: uterus, vagina, cervix, ovaries, endometriosis, complications of pregnancy, and other conditions.Gynecological Conditions

Hematologic and Lymphatic

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of conditions of red and white blood cells, producing anemias, leukemias on tumors such as lymphomas.Hematologic and Lymphatic Conditions

Infectious Diseases

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of conditions associated with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and its treatment.HIV-Related Illnesses
Evaluation of infectious diseases not specifically-associated with either HIV or military service in a tropical area, the Persian Gulf, or Afghanistan.Infectious Diseases
Evaluation of infectious diseases associated with military service in tropical areas with exposure to salmonella, shigella, etc. producing symptoms such as chronic diarrhea.Persian Gulf and Afghanistan Infectious Diseases
Evaluation of conditions in which the immune system begins attacking healthy body tissues, including, but not limited to, Goodpasture’s syndrome and Guillain-Barre syndrome.Systemic Lupus Erthematosus (SLE) and Other Autoimmune Diseases
Evaluation of pulmonary and extrapulmonary tuberculosis symptoms.Tuberculosis (TB)
For use in evaluation of vitamin deficiencies (Beriberi, Pellagra, syndromes of dermatitis, diarrhea dementia in POW, post-GI surgery, bypass procedures, undernutrition and malabsorption.)Nutritional Deficiencies

Musculoskeletal

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of extremity, limb or digit (complete or partial amputation), and complications. Evaluation of stumps.Amputations
Evaluation of ankle pain, persistent deformity (ankylosis), ankle injuries, reduction of movement, and use of assistive device.Ankle Conditions
Evaluation for non-degenerative arthritic conditions such as Gout and Rheumatoid Arthritis: recurrent painful and swollen joints.Non-degenerative Arthritis (including Inflammatory, Autoimmune, Crystalline, and Infectious Arthritis) and Dysbaric Osteonecrosis
Evaluation of injuries, deformities, loss of elbow and forearm producing motion limitation.Elbow and Forearm Conditions
Evaluation of reduction or loss of toe function and motion, and alteration in mobility.Foot conditions including flatfoot (pes planus)
Evaluation of alteration in motion of the wrists or digits due to tendon or muscle injuries, and alteration in motion and function of the hand including ankylosis, trigger finger, loss of finger movement.Hand and Finger Conditions
Evaluation of alteration in extension and flexion, poor postural and body support, and alteration of rotation of the hip.Hip and Thigh Conditions
Evaluation of ankylosis of the knee, subluxation of the knee, knee instability, meniscus lesions, and functional limitations knee cartilage problems, locked knee.Knee and Lower Leg Conditions
Evaluation of traumatic and other injuries resulting in loss or alteration of function, location, type, tears, and weakness: torn scarred muscles.Muscle Injuries
Evaluation of bone infections producing fever, local alteration of function, residuals from a bone infection with persistent drainage or bone alterationOsteomyelitis
Evaluation of arm limitation of function, dislocation, alteration in joint function, incomplete movements, deformity, dislocation, nonunion, and fracture complications : frozen shoulder.Shoulder and Arm Conditions
Evaluation of arthritis and neck deformities.Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions
Evaluation of unfavorable or incomplete wrist motion due to ankylosis (limitation in range), painful or other alteration in function, resulting from traumatic or other injury complications, joint replacement.Wrist Conditions
Evaluation of chronic low back pain, arthritis and back injuries, spinal conditions or disc disease: low back pain with sciatica.Back (Thoracolumbar Spine) Conditions

Neurological

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of progressive degenerative disease of the brain and spinal cord with progressive muscle weakness and wasting, speech, swallowing and breathing problems.Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
Evaluation of alteration of the function of the nerves (motor and sensory), related to Diabetes Mellitus: weakness, numbness, tingling of legs and arms related to diabetes.Diabetic Sensory-Motor Peripheral Neuropathy
Evaluation of numerous other neurologic conditions such as: meningitis, HIV, brain abscess, Lyme Disease, encephalitis, stroke, brain tumor, and spinal cord injury.Central Nervous System and Neuromuscular Diseases (except TBI, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease, MS, Headaches, TMJ, Epilepsy, Narcolepsy, Peripheral Nerves, Sleep Apnea, Cranial Nerves, Fibromyalgia, and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
Evaluation of conditions affecting the following nerves in the Cranium: V (trigeminal, VII (facial), IX (glossopharyngeal), X (vagus), XI (spinal accessory), and XII (hypoglossal). (Conditions affecting cranial nerves I (olfactory), II (optic), III (oculomotor), IV (trochlear), VI(abducens), and VIII (vestibulocochlear (auditory)) are addressed in other DBQs.)Cranial Nerve Conditions
Evaluation of recurrent episodes of head pain producing work limitation or incapacitation: with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, tearing etc.Headaches (including Migraine Headaches)
Evaluation of fibromyalgia components, including, but not limited to sleep problems, muscle and joint pain, and altered affect.Fibromyalgia
Evaluation of disorders of the myelin sheath of the central nervous systems producing recurrent alterations of neurological function: such as weakness, numbness, urine incontinence, visual symptoms.Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Evaluation of symptoms that may include tremors, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. Other symptoms may include depression and other emotional changes; difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions.Parkinson’s Disease
Evaluation of narcolepsy components, including, but not limited to, sleep attacks, sleepiness, paralysis, and cataplexy.Narcolepsy
Evaluation of alteration of the function of Nerves associated with metabolic disorders, exposure to toxins, infections, immunological disorders, or inflammation and other conditions.Peripheral Nerve Conditions (not including Diabetes Sensory-Motor peripheral Neuropathy)
Evaluation of seizure conditions including epilepsy.Seizure Disorders

Ophthalmological

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of various diseases of the eye, such as inflammation, infection, glaucoma, deformities, alteration of tear ducts, cataracts, retina disease, and other conditions.Eye Conditions

Psychological

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation for anorexia, bulimia, and other eating disorders.Eating Disorders
Evaluation of symptoms, history, and impact related to mental disorders: depression, mood and affective disorders, psychosis, etc.Mental Disorders (other than PTSD)
Evaluation of beginning and extent of symptoms (acute – length of symptoms is usually less than 3 months, chronic – symptoms usually last 3 months or more, with delayed onset – usually at least 6 months have passed between the traumatic experience and the beginning of symptoms). Symptoms may include: recurrent experiences of a traumatic event, avoiding an excitant or irritant associated with the trauma, deadening of general responsiveness, increased arousal, including insomnia, recurrent nightmares, and extreme caution; exhibiting an inflated frightened response; and experiencing changes in hostility..Review Evaluation of PTSD

Respiratory

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of the respiratory system except Sleep Apnea and Tuberculosis.Respiratory Conditions (other than TB and Sleep Apnea)
Evaluation of disorder characterized by cessation of breathing during sleep and provides information necessary to determine functional impact (sleep apnea, snoring) daytime complications.Sleep Apnea

Rheumatological Diseases

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Components including but not limited to tiredness, loss of memory or concentration and enlarged lymph nodes.Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

General Surgical

Conditions – SymptomsForm Name
Evaluation of conditions involving internal organs bulging through the muscle, except hiatal hernia.Hernias (including Abdominal, Inguinal, and Femoral Hernias)
Evaluation of rectum and anus conditions causing alteration of sphincter control, stricture of prolapse, fistula, and other symptoms. Bowel incontinence or severe constipation blood in stools.Rectum and Anus Conditions (including Hemorrhoids)

Further Reading:

ptsd Please review my C&P Sleep Apnea DBQ – Veterans …

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Mar 27, 2017 – Posted March 27, 2017. Hello guys, please let me know what you think about my Sleep Apnea DBQ, hopefully this is enough to get my service connected? 30% or 50%?. Sleep Apnea Disability Benefits Questionnaire. Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination. Request? [X] Yes [ ] No.

How Long Does A Gulf War Illness C&p Exam Take? – Veterans …

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3 days ago – Depends on what you are claiming. If you are claiming a multitude injuries/ symptoms/benefits then it could take that long. What will happen in the exam: The doctor/nurse/pa, etc. will have your claimed disabilities and will exam/question you for for each one according to the DBQ(Disability Questionnaire) for the particular …

DBQ Chronic Adjustment disorder – Veterans Compensation Benefits …

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Jun 1, 2017 – Well not to sure how this will pan out any ideas? Will they finally seperate my PTSD/ AD from my TBI maybe maybe not ones getting a call to the complaint line if not? I was just found Permanent and total two days ago with this claim still pending I’m still awaiting the award letter. I’m hoping this won’t hurt my PT due that I …

Michigander – Veterans Compensation Benefits Claims – Hadit.com

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Nov 19, 2017 – $400 that she recommended she knew and for me to go to and have a DBQ filled out to file my claim. I chose to ignore that advice and began reading up and asking questions on the Hadit site. With the help on Hadit and on the podcast I was able to educate myself and file my claim even as a FDC (Fully Developed Claim).

Is it me or is my claim moving really fast? – Veterans Compensation …

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3 days ago – Posted June 22, 2016. I filed a claim for bilateral lower extremity radiculopathy secondary to lower back and the doctor said it was caused by a foot fracture :). The DBQ is on MyHealthVet. I just checked ebenefits and the status has changed to Pending Decision Approval with an estimated completion date 6/28/16 to 7/2/ 16.

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Dec 31, 2017 – I submitted PTSD DBQ along with other evidence as a FDC claim. Thanks so much, and I really appreciate all the support from Hadit. Been a long couple of years, but I am so grateful for you guys, and the fact the Military and Govt is admitting what they put me thru. Hope you all have a Happy New Year, and God Bless!!!

MST Claim – I have started the journey – Veterans Compensation …

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May 5, 2017 – My exam is tomorrow… and I just looked at the letter for the C&P and the exam time allows for 2 hours and it has a section for the examiner of “Special clinic instructions”. Services Requested: DBQ PSYCH PTSD initial (1), DBQ Medical Opinion-BH: PSYCH PTSD initial (1), DBQMedical Opinion – BH: PSYCH PTSD Initial 2 …

C&P Exams for Back, Hips and Knees, could someone review and …

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Jun 11, 2017 – Back (Thoracolumbar Spine) Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire. Name of patient/Veteran: Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507 , C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No. ACE and Evidence Review ————- ———- Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this …

LHI C&P exams never received by VA (they say) – Veterans …

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3 days ago – Hello all. Any idea how to get LHI (contractor) C&P exam results? The VA over the phone says they never received the DBQ’s which have now pasted the due date. Called both places I had the exams at and left a voicemail. The day of exams both places said they would be sent in within 24 hours of exam so I guess they …

Secondary Conditions: How to file? – Veterans Compensation Benefits …

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1 day ago – The veteran can go ahead and get the medical opinion/DBQ for each proposed secondary condition, with adequate medical rationale and appropriate jargon (” as likely as not”, “more likely than not”, or “due to/caused by”). Once all 3 requirements are met, they could go ahead and file a fully developed claim. If the medical …

I do have an independent medical opinion that agree with my assessment.

  You had stated here:  “I do have an independent medical opinion that agree with my assessment. ” A copy of that along with the death Certificate and autopsy should be referred to and attached to the formal Se4ction 1151 claim.   This is the actual SOL for FTCA claims in Tennessee: “Time Limits for Tennessee Malpractice Cases The victim in the case contracted hepatitis B from a colonoscopy in 2006. However, theVA did not inform him of the problems with the colonoscopy equipment until 2009.
The victim filed an administrative tort claim – the first step toward bringing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the VA – just 10 months after learning he had been infected with hepatitis. Unfortunately, by that time it was too late. His case was recently dismissed by a federal appeals court on the grounds that he waited too long to file suit. Even though the VA is a federal agency, medical malpractice claims against the VA are governed by state statutes of limitation. Tennessee has one of the shortest statutes of limitation in the country. Under Tennessee law, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within three years of the date the alleged negligent act occurred. It is important to note that this does not mean three years from the date the victim realized he was injured or three years from the date the victim realized his injury might have been caused by medical negligence.
The time limit is three years from the date of the negligent act, regardless of whether the victim draws the links or not. However, there is an exception in cases where the physician or medical facility fraudulently concealed the source of the injury. Because of this short time limit, individuals who suspect they may have been the victim of medical negligence should contact a Tennessee medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. In many cases, filing a lawsuit can preserve victims’ rights while evidence is collected to support their claims .” Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC
This article is part of what happened to many veterans exposed to Hep B , Hep C, and HIV by the VA. “In 2009, the VA notified more than 10,000 veterans that they may have been exposed to hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV while undergoing colonoscopies at Veterans Affairs facilities. The VA said the exposure risk stemmed from improper cleaning of the tools used to perform the procedures.Approximately 6,000 of those veterans were treated at a VA clinic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The others were treated at clinics in Augusta, Georgia and Miami, Florida. To date, at least 90 veterans have tested positive for one of the three viruses. Unfortunately, a recent ruling in Tennessee has made it hard for exposed veterans to seek redress for injuries caused by medical negligence.” from https://www.gkbm.com/articles/court-dismisses-medical-malpractice-claim-against-tennessee-va/
You might still be within the 3 year Statute of Limits.Their are MANY malpractice lawyers in Tennessee. I think I posted links to some of them for you.They often have a chat feature and often do free initial consults  via email. Maybe it is too late.It would be up at 3 years after your husband died,as I understand this: “Under Tennessee law, a medical malpractice claim must be filed within three years of the date the alleged negligent act occurred.” The only redress for those veterans above harmed by the VA, who found out over 3 years years after VA had exposed them to Hep B,C ,and HIV, is Section 1151. I feel the lawyer you had did not understand FTCA at all.

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