Fed Circ. Revives Vet's Suit Over Benefits After Non-VA Care

By Y. Peter Kang (May 26, 2017, 9:34 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday revived a suit challenging the denial of disability benefits for a veteran who suffered injuries during a privately performed surgery recommended by a Veterans Affairs doctor, saying there were unresolved issues as to whether the surgery was prompted by VA care.

A three-judge Federal Circuit panel ruled that the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims must revisit a disability benefits suit filed by Paul Ollis claiming he became disabled after a certain nerve was severed during a "mini-MAZE" heart procedure that was recommended by a VA doctor but performed by a private surgeon. The panel...

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