President Joe Biden visited Texas earlier this month to discuss the possibility of better benefits for veterans who have been experiencing health complications due to exposure to burn pits after their service in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to NBC News, “Biden’s visit to Fort Worth was the first stop on his “unity agenda” tour after announcing during last week’s State of the Union speech that his administration would be emphasizing four key issues — the opioid epidemic, mental health, supporting veterans and ending cancer — that it felt Republicans and Democrats could come together to address. ‘Every single solitary veteran deserves to be treated with dignity. They shouldn’t have to ask for a damn thing.’” said Biden.
Health care services and disability benefits get a boost
During his speech at the Tarrant County Resource Connection, the President made mention of a number of actions that have been taken to improve health care for veterans in the nation, but said that “some of the most important next steps need congressional action.” The NBC reported that “The House passed a bill with bipartisan support last week that would dramatically boost health care services and disability benefits for veterans exposed to burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
Earlier this year, the Senate passed another bill that helped extend the time span during which combat veterans are guaranteed care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. The President added, “Both of these bills have bipartisan support. These are the bills that unite the American people. These are the bills that will deliver the necessary care for our veterans and their families.”
What to do in a bad case scenario?
While the healthcare system and the government are trying their best to provide adequate care for the nation’s military members, there are times when against one’s best intentions something goes wrong. In such cases, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed by the patient; however, this only applies if one is no longer an active duty member of the armed forces. Before taking any action however, it’s important to know how a medical malpractice lawsuit works, which is why it’s essential to seek legal help as soon as possible.
It’s also important to note that in Texas, there is a specific “statute of limitations” which means there is a time limit on the injured party’s right to file a medical malpractice suit. In Texas, an injured individual has two years to bring a lawsuit to court.