Thinking of suing VAC - Need info and lawyer help

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Thinking of suing VAC - Need info and lawyer help

Post by DonnieD on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 10:41

I have been thinking of suing VAC (not sure if VAC is the target or dod) for 3 years now and I think I'm about to lose it because I can't get the help I need. I'm a young guy whose life was ruined and I was put on permanent disability at age 25. Basically my life is ruined. Now I wouldn't have a problem but I've been mistreated by vac throughout the years, I have to fight them for everything since my first day of release 10 years ago. I never appealed my first assessment years ago due to the PTSD being at an all time high and I couldn't take the extra stress, so they gave me some bullshit assessment and I've been pissed about it for years. Been seeing the same doctor that vac initially recommended for 10 years now and have always been diagnosed for ptsd and mdd and she's shocked vac denies me this or that. The diagnosis I have is apparently under the ptsd umbrella but it's very generic and the award I got for damages is very small. So I have been denied medication last year for ptsd which I had to end up forking my award money for every month since then.
I also was misdiagnosed by the military and ohip for 10 years and ended up going to europe, getting diagnosed and having surgery within 1 year (again used my award money for this (rent, surgery, doctors, medications, mri's etc). I came back and talked to vac to submit my claims (had letters from surgeons translated professionally) and VAC told me that I can't submit it. So I never did full physio because I thought I would come back and do it here and need treatment on the leg to help with the pain but they won't accept it. The service officer at vac that I used to have actually laughed at me when I told him about this and asked him if I can submit my claims with the european diagnosis / surgery notes. If anything I can prove it with the 15 cm scar in my hip area

In either case, I hope someone can tell me what kind of lawyer I need to talk to, and if they know any very good lawyers that fit us veterans in the GTA area. Also who should be my target in this matter? I already wasted 10 years and my life is passing before my eyes. I can't leave the house, I can't go shopping, my anger is still very high and my symptoms are manifesting because it's not getting treated properly and I can't get the support I need.

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Re: Thinking of suing VAC - Need info and lawyer help

Post by Willie on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 12:09

Have you contacted the Ombudsman office? I hope others on csat have some advise they can offer you. My thoughts go out to you DonnieD.

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Re: Thinking of suing VAC - Need info and lawyer help

Post by Trooper on Tue 25 Apr 2017, 15:32

Regarding taking legal action, my advise would be to first contact certain established Individuals for guidance or advise.

The Veterans Ombudsman would be one to contact: http://www.ombudsman-veterans.gc.ca/eng/complaint

Peter Stoffer would be another Individual to contact: http://mdlo.ca/our-team/peter-stoffer/

Michel Drapeau would be another Individual to contact: http://mdlo.ca/contact-us/

Contacting one or all of these Individuals will cost you nothing, they would be the best to guide you or direct you on what options you have in having your main complaints brought forward.
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