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Delays in treatment may be responsible for more than 100 deaths at VA medical centers since 2001, according to a new report.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) admitted to the Dayton Daily News that at least 23 people have died because of delayed care. But the newspaper's investigation found the words "delay in treatment" in 167 paid settlement claims with the VA.
As the VA scandal unfolds, many veterans and their families may be wondering: Can you sue the VA over delays in treatment? The answer depends on your specific situation, but you'll likely need to follow a certain procedure before filing a lawsuit.
An Overview of the Claims Process
If you are a qualifying veteran, you're entitled to a number of benefits, most of which will be doled out by the VA.
If you experienced a delay in treatment at a VA center which led to an injury or even the death of a loved one, here are the general steps you'll likely need to take to seek compensation:
The Dayton VA issued a statement to the Daily News assuring veterans that if there is an issue, the VA will "notify the veteran of his or her right to file a tort claim."
Whether or not that's true, you may wish to contact a veteran's benefits attorney to help you sort out your delay-of-care case.