Common Military Medical Malpractice Cases
Life in the military is difficult by all accounts. Many military personnel find that being away from their families is the hardest part of serving—especially when their families aren’t being properly cared for. If you’re the dependent of an active-duty member of the military, you are entitled to high-quality healthcare. If your family member has been harmed or died as a result of a military medical professional’s negligence, consider having a Washington DC medical malpractice lawyer help you file a lawsuit. Attorney Catherine Bertram has over 20 years of experience representing military families in Washington DC.
Who Can File Military Medical Malpractice?
Though the name might suggest otherwise, active-duty military personnel cannot file military medical malpractice claims. The Feres doctrine states that a service member who is injured as a result of military-related negligence cannot seek damages from the U.S. government in any kind of personal injury lawsuit, including medical malpractice. However, a service member’s spouse or children may sue the government if they suffer medical malpractice at the hands of military medical personnel. Non-active-duty veterans may also file medical malpractice cases.
What Are Some Common Cases?
Military medical professionals are susceptible to making the same mistakes that civilian medical professionals make. Here are a few of the most common medical malpractice cases affecting military dependents and veterans.
- Misdiagnosis: If a military medical professional misdiagnoses an ailment that any other doctor could have correctly identified, that doctor may have committed medical malpractice. A delayed diagnosis that results in significant harm make be a medical malpractice case.
- Medication Error: Military doctors sometimes prescribe the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage and it harms the patient. This can lead to significant health problems or death and could be a malpractice case.
- Surgical Error: You’ve likely heard horror stories of surgeons amputating the wrong leg. This is just one kind of egregious surgical mistake that can and does happen.
How Can an Attorney Help?
The current state of veteran healthcare in this country is unacceptable. Across the country, veterans are forced to wait months to receive medical care. If you are a military veteran, or the spouse or dependent of an active-duty service member, you should speak with a lawyer about suspected instances of military medical malpractice. An attorney can help decide whether you have a viable case, then eloquently present your arguments in court. Catherine Bertram of Bertram & Amell is an experienced advocate for military personnel and their families. She’s a native of Washington D.C., and has been serving fellow Washington D.C. residents for more than 20 years.