U.S. Troops May Be Allowed To Sue For Medical Malpractice

Date: December 12, 2019
Posted In: DLP Law | Press

U.S. Troops Could Soon Be Able to Sue Over Medical Blunders

Since at least 1950 members of the military have been barred from suing for medical malpractice while being treated at government hospitals or by government physicians.  This bar is part of a blanket immunity provided to the U. S. Government protecting it from all lawsuits on behalf of active military members as held by the United States Supreme   Court in the case Feres v United States, 1950.  The Feres doctrine, as it is called, was recently in the news when marines sickened by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were denied the right to sue the government for its part in permitting the polluted water to exist at the base.  Now Congress, in a bi-partisan effort have included an exception to the Feres Doctrine in the current National Defense Authorization Act.   The new provision will grant military members the right to sue under certain circumstances for medical negligence at government facilities.  It is expected that the law will pass as drafted.  This is great news for innocent military members who suffer death or serious injury due to medical malpractice.

Joe Price
Attorney Joe Price is a seasoned Trial Lawyer serving Northeast, Central and Southeast Pennsylvania for the past forty (40) years. He has handled serious personal injury cases in courts throughout the Federal system including New Jersey and New York. Attorney Price is A.V. Rated by Martindale Hubble. He is Board Certified in Civil Practice by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1996.