Men and women of our armed forces can sue the government for damages in cases where their family members have been injured in a naval military hospital due to medical malpractice. Military retirees and dependents also have this right.
While the Feres doctrine — named after a 1950 Supreme Court case — prevents enlisted servicemen from suing the government for injuries “incidental to service,” damages can be recovered for nonmilitary patients under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) and the Military Claims Act (MCA). As such, if a retiree, dependent or military family member, is injured due to the negligence of a doctor in a naval hospital, a claim against the government can be filed at the federal level. However, there are strict deadlines and specific procedures that must be followed.
If you or one of your family members has been injured in a naval hospital due to negligent care, contact medical malpractice attorneys at Cronin & Maxwell today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
The military medical malpractice attorneys at Cronin & Maxwell represent servicemembers, retirees and their families in cases involving the following kinds of medical malpractice in naval hospitals:
There are certain standard treatment protocols doctors are expected to follow when treating patients. When investigating medical malpractice cases, our attorneys — and the experts we consult — evaluate the decisions and actions of medical doctors leading up to our client’s injuries.
We identify departures from standard treatment protocols, failures to conduct proper tests, missed opportunities to perform certain techniques or maneuvers and other acts of negligence. We review medical records, printouts of vital signs, staffing records and any other pertinent information while reconstructing to know what happened.
If you or your family has been injured due to medical malpractice on the part of a health care professional in a naval hospital, you may be able to recover damages under the FTCA or MCA. To schedule a free consultation and discuss your case, contact medical malpractice lawyers at Cronin & Maxwell today at 904-388-9555.