Q: Can I hold the VA responsible for not healing properly from a surgery in 2012 - I have numbness on the surgical line
I had a myomectomy (fibroid removal). My surgeon told me that it may take a couple of years for the feeling to return and once a woman has surgery down there, she is never the same. I still have numbness in a large area over the surgical scar - my feelings never completely returned. I curious can anything be done about this. Now in retrospect, she likely told me that so I would not report it. My surgery occurred in the Detroit VA and I am a veteran.
A: Medical malpractice claims are intricate to pursue, and require an attorney. That said, you may find, after consultation with an attorney, that you are beyond the statute of limitations - meaning that an otherwise valid claim would be dismissed. The other issue is that pain and numbness is hard to base a med mal claim on. Every body is different, pain tolerances vary, and nerves can regenerate in 6 months for one person and 6 years in another person. You should, though, talk with an attorney. Good med mal attorneys have a doctor or nurse on staff who will ask you appropriate questions. Just know, though, that good med mal attorneys turn down far more cases than they ever take on.
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