Military Medical Malpractice Legislation Gives Victims Hope
Law360 (May 17, 2019, 8:05 PM EDT) -- A recently floated bill that would allow active-duty military members to sue the federal government for medical malpractice is an encouraging first step in providing justice for victims who are barred from filing such cases because of a 70-year-old U.S. Supreme Court precedent, experts said.
Led by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., House lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation on April 30 that would carve out a medical malpractice exception under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which specifically bars military members' claims for injuries or deaths "incident to” their service. The bill’s co-sponsors are six Republicans and four Democrats.
If H.R. 2422 is enacted,...
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