What is Military Medical Malpractice?

Military medical malpractice occurs when a patient in a military hospital or medical facility suffers harm due to the negligence of doctors, hospitals, or other healthcare providers. In certain cases, victims of medical malpractice have the right to sue for compensation.

Can active duty personnel sue for medical malpractice?

the national defense authorization
the national defense authorization
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), signed into law in 2019, gives active duty service members and their next of kin the right to file personal injury and wrongful death claims against negligent military medical providers for malpractice. It’s a significant expansion of military members legal rights, but there are limits to the right to sue.
 
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active duty service
Active-duty service members are not permitted to file claims for medical malpractice injuries sustained within combat zones. Active-duty members are not permitted to sue in federal court. Their medical malpractice claims will be reviewed and handled administratively by the Department of Defense.
 
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department of defense
If a service member disagrees with the Department of Defense’s resolution of a medical malpractice claim, the service member does not have the option to pursue the claim in court.
 
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military injury
Military service members and retired military personnel who have injuries caused by military medical malpractice prior to 2017 do not have a right to seek compensation, under the law.
 
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malpractice claim
If you believe you have grounds for a military medical malpractice claim, it’s a good idea to reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer for a free consultation. A military medical malpractice attorney can help you evaluate your legal options, gather evidence to support your claim and increase your chances of a favorable outcome.
 
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military injury victim
Victims of military medical malpractice have two years from the date of injury to file a claim.
 

Common forms of military medical malpractice

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Failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, and delayed diagnosis
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Improper or nonxistent aftercare
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Surgical errors or unnecessary surgeries
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Failure to consider patients’ medical history
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Improper medication or dosage prescriptions
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Improper testing or diagnostic procedures
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Negligent administration of anesthesia
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Negligent prenatal or childbirth care

Am i protected if i make a medical malpractice claim

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    Yes, the law explicitly prohibits the military or medical providers from retaliating against service members who file medical malpractice claims. You should not have to fear for your career if you file a claim.
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    If you have questions about whether you have a valid military medical malpractice claim, or if you experience retaliation from the military or its medical staff, speak to a military medical malpractice attorney right away.
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    For more than 25 years, Bertram Law Group PLLC has helped veterans, active-duty service members, and military families secure the compensation needed to move forward with their lives. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you in a free, confidential consultation.
 
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