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After you settled your tort claim either by settlement or judgement how long did it take for you to get your check from the US Treasury? I am taking a poll. My attorney was told by the assistant US Attorney that it would be three months. Is that what is normal? I know when the VA makes a decision and you get the letter that your backpay is paid generally within just a few weeks and the check comes from the US Treasury. I'd like to have some feedback on how long it has taken others and what state you are in. I don't want $ amounts, just how long and what state. Thank you!

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I was told they would transmit the cash to my bank as soon as I signed the settlement papers-

a few weeks later I called the OGC and told the lawyer who handled my claim that my price was going up-1,000 a week for every week in the dlay as the settlement was null and void until I got my money.

He immediatly gave me the Treasury Dept in Wash, DC and the guy pulled out my settlement papers and within about 3 days it was in the bank- that was years ago-

I called the Department of Treasury, Wash DC, and spoke to a Mr. Hill-

1-202-874- 6664.

Did the VA OGC send you a voucher to sign yet?

It is FMS form 197-A (unless that form has changed) and it spells out the malpractice and what they are sending-

maybe that form was just for elctronic transfer to my account- forget- but I do know Mr. Hill stepped it up when I told GC that my price went up.

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Now I think that number looks too familiar -I think it is the GC---is it?

Somehow I got ahold of the guy in the Treasury Dept-in DC- who handles tort claims- I thought it was his number but maybe not.

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I have a list of General Counsel numbers and that's not one of them. All of the General counsel numbers start with 1-202-273-xxxx.

I called that number you gave and it is the number for the judgement fund for the treasury department. Thanks Berta I needed the number.

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I called and of course had to leave a voicemail, but we'll se what they say when they call back if that ever happens.

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I spoke to the Treasury department and they confirmed it could take up to 90 days for me to get my check. They said it has to go through a review process. Someone from the judgement fund department is going to call me, yeah right. If I would have know it was going to take 90 days, I wouldn't have settled when I did. I would have gotten us back in front of the Federal Magistrate and gotten a higher settlement and would have said the money had to be received in a certain time frame. Not when they get around to sending it to me. I will be losing 90 days of interest on the money. Also, it just drags this out longer for me and I am so sick of it being part of my life. Thanks for the info.

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