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VA to Offer New TBI Assessments to Thousands of Vets After Use of Unqualified Doctors

Posted on June 8, 2016 by Disability Help Group

In late May, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced they would be offering re-assessments to several veterans who may have received a misdiagnosis during screening for traumatic brain injury (TBI). This move comes after the VA disclosed several of their health care facilities used unqualified doctors to diagnose TBIs.

40 different facilities allowed unqualified doctors to perform TBI exams in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

While veterans in all of these states may feel the effects, the problems began in Minnesota. According to NBC KARE 11’s investigation only one of over 20 medical staffers at the Minneapolis VA Center were qualified to make a diagnosis. Hundreds of veterans may have received an incorrect diagnosis in Minnesota alone.

Nearly 25,000 veterans will receive notification they are eligible for a reevaluation. Many of those affected did receive TBI diagnoses, but the treatment of their condition may need reassessment. Another 8,000 veterans faced denial of brain injury disability benefits, potentially due to the improper assessment of their condition.

The VA will be providing new examinations and adjusting disability benefits where appropriate. Some veterans who are proven to have a TBI may be eligible for retroactive benefits as far back as 2007.

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