Military service members should never have to worry about receiving compensation if they are harmed due to the careless and negligent actions of military healthcare professionals. Unfortunately, they have been unable to file medical malpractice lawsuits for decades. That is about to change. At Peddicord & Townsend LLC, our Kansas City medical malpractice attorneys want to discuss a new law that opens the door for military service personnel to hold negligent doctors and healthcare professionals accountable for their actions.
For more than 70 years, the men and women of the US armed forces have not been able to file medical malpractice lawsuits against any military healthcare professionals who harm them due to a medical mistake. This is due to the Feres Doctrine, a law that prevents any military service member from suing the federal government.
For far too long, the Feres Doctrine has shielded military doctors and surgeons from liability for mistakes that they make that harm service member. Army Sgt. First Class Richard Stayskal found this out first-hand after he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer that his military doctor failed to diagnose.
Since his diagnosis in 2017, Sgt. Stayskal and his wife, along with other military service members, have worked to get this law changed. It has been a hard road, but they have finally been successful. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)was recently passed by Congress and signed by the president with a provision that finally allows service members to file medical malpractice claims against the federal government.
According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical mistakes kill as many as 250,000 people each year in this country and injured millions more. It would be foolish to think that military healthcare professionals do not make mistakes. Just like civilian healthcare professional, military doctors, surgeons, nurses, and more can all make the following:
Military leaders were against this change, but logic prevailed. Those injured by medical mistakes, whether they are military service members or civilians, incur tremendous medical expenses, and often have long-lasting pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one are a military service member that has been harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of a military healthcare professional, contact an attorney today. You may be entitled to significant compensation. At Peddicord & Townsend LLC, our knowledgeable and experienced team will work to secure the following compensation on your behalf: