Vets affected by VA errors to file claims

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — An attorney is preparing to ask the Veterans Affairs Department to pay disability benefits and damages for hospital mistakes that may have exposed veterans to infectious body fluids.

Attorney Mike Sheppard of Nashville said he is preparing to file claims with the VA for about 60 veterans.

Among them are veterans who have tested positive for HIV and hepatitis and others who suffered emotional distress after the VA gave them initial positive test results for infections that turned out to be wrong.

Sheppard also said others among the roughly 10,000 affected former patients at VA hospitals in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Miami and Augusta, Ga., are also likely to seek compensation beyond the VA’s offer of free medical care.

http://militarytimes.com/news/2009/07/ap_vet_care_072809/

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