Army Veteran Can Pursue a Claim for Alleged Failure to Tell Him He Had Been Diagnosed as Having Schizophrenia

Thomas v. Principi, 394 F.3d 970 (D.C. Cir. 2005)

A U.S. Army veteran claimed the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was aware that a physician had diagnosed him as having schizophrenia during an examination, but that the VA failed to inform him of this diagnosis for eight years and thus should be held liable for the damages he incurred as a result. A trial court dismissed the lawsuit after concluding that federal law dictates that all questions regarding the awarding of veterans' benefits are to be decided by the Secretary for Veterans Affairs...

Found in DMHL Volume 24 Issue 2