Military Dependents Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Washington, DC
Dependents of military personnel should have access to the best medical care. However, many of them are harmed when negligent military medical staff provides inadequate care, resulting in serious injuries and permanent harm.
If you or your loved one is considering filing a military family medical malpractice claim, you may be confused about your rights and the process. Here, we discuss your family’s basic rights to pursue compensation from the federal government if they were injured in a military medical facility.
Can Dependents Sue Military Doctors?
While active-duty servicemembers are limited in their ability to pursue compensation for medical malpractice, dependents of service members or military spouses can file a medical malpractice claim or sue a military doctor if they received negligent care from a military hospital or clinic.
Bertram Law Group, PLLC has successfully helped countless military families secure compensation through the Federal Tort Claims Act and the National Defense Authorization Act after they were injured by negligent military healthcare providers.
Requirements in a Military Family Medical Malpractice Claim
To obtain compensation through a family medical malpractice claim, you must be able to show:
- The healthcare provider was employed by the federal government and had a professional duty to the patient.
- The patient was injured by a wrongful act or omission of the medical provider that constitutes a breach of the professional duty they owed the patient.
- The breach of duty caused the patient’s harm.
- The patient suffered damages.
The injured patient or their family member generally has up to two years to file a claim for military medical malpractice. This short timeline also applies to minors who are injured. When the two-year clock begins to tick depends greatly on the circumstances involved in the case, so it is essential to talk to a military medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights.
How a Washington, DC Military Medical Malpractice Lawyer Can Help
A military medical malpractice lawyer can help you with your claim by:
- Advising you of your rights – A knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer can review the circumstances of your loved one’s injury and explain your legal rights and options. With more than 25 years of experience handling these cases, Bertram Law Group’s medical malpractice attorney is well acquainted with these types of claims and can help you navigate the process.
- Reviewing your case by an expert medical team – At Bertram Law Group, we staff a registered nurse and work closely with doctors who can review your medical records and determine if negligence is likely responsible for your injury. Having a full medical review at the outset of your case will give you the information you need to determine how to move forward with your claim.
- Helping you file your claim – The official claim begins when you submit Standard Form 95. You must state the basic facts of your case, the basis of your claim, the potentially liable parties, and the full amount of your damages on this form. Any compensation you are awarded is based on what you list on this form, so it’s vital that you consult with an experienced military medical malpractice attorney before you submit a claim.
- Taking prompt legal action – An experienced medical malpractice lawyer will know the federal laws that apply to your claim so that you can file a timely claim and protect your right to just compensation.
If you would like to learn more about filing a military medical malpractice claim, contact Bertram Law Group, PLLC. We accept cases throughout D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. We provide a free consultation to learn more about your situation and to discuss your legal options confidentially and privately.