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Can I Sue The Va Doctor That Falsified Medical Records?

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Last year I put in a claim for dental and was quickly denied by Waco. Short time later I requested copies of spine and neck x-rays (VA kept losing them IN THE X-RAY OFFICE! so I figured I better get my own copies.) and medical records. Was told by VA they threw out all my old records before a certain date.

While reading through my records I noticed an entry by my primary care MD stating no dental problems, but he never even looked in my mouth. 2 years before this visit I had civilian oral surgeon take x-rays & tell me if the problems weren't taken care of they could destroy my hearing, sight, or kill me. He stated and pointed out to me on the x-rays 12 teeth which he said were seriously in need of attention.

The "destroyed" records included x-rays of spine and neck. No mention to me at VA of any injury. Then a non-VA doctor's visit when I was told of displacia of the lower back and a brain stem injury. (Yes, this has indeed been a looonnnng headache.)

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Dental care from the VA has very specific guidelines for eligibility.

1. Vet has SC dental disability rated under the 9900 code

2. all POWs are eligible for VA dental care

3. all 100 % or TDIU veterans.

There are more guidelines too for eligible veterans and all this info is found at 38 CFR 17.12 and 38 CFR 17.161.(A link to 38 CFR is at the Home page of hadit)

If you read the regs you could appeal the denial if you fit into any category within 38 CFR that would make you eligible for dental care.I only put a few of the categories here.

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Trunks:

Thanks! And here I was thinking it meant my back was out of place.

Is there an online medical dictionary? It's pretty obvious I need one.

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My dental care at the VA has been pretty good so far. Dental infections can affect your overall health in a big way and many people ignore it or are afraid to go. I got four times a year. It seems to me that if a dental condition is so bad that it affects you overall health the VA should do something. You can get such severe infections that it puts your overall health in danger. What they would probably do is simple extractions. Unless you meet the guidelines they will do only what is absolutely necessary. I am not even sure you can get them to do that.

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Dental care at Dallas VA sucks. They don't have enough money and their solution is to pull teeth not save them.

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