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A veteran underwent back surgery at a Los Angeles VA Center and awoke to severe burning and pain in his legs. The radiologist failed to notice that the screw inserted into the veteran’s spine during surgery was malpositioned. After months of pain, a CT scan revealed that the screw had penetrated a nerve root. Hodes Milman Liebeck partner Jeffrey Milman successfully negotiated an $850,000 settlement for the veteran, plus retention of all federal and medical benefits.