Anyone that has kept up even remotely with the news over the last two years is very aware of the many atrocities that have occurred at military hospitals especially those for veterans or Veterans Affairs hospitals. Despite the fact that these hospitals have probably been engaging in reprehensible behavior for years, it finally all came to light when the story about the extreme negligence and abuse regarding patients at Walter Reed hospital in Washington DC broke. It was then found out that many of these hospitals had negligent and sub par staff, dirty and unkempt facilities and countless instances of medical malpractice.
One of the reasons that these hospitals were able to operate in the manner that they were for so many years was because of the many restrictions the militarily makes when an individual signs up for duty. One of the things that an individual gives up when he or she decides to become a member of the military is the right to sue the government. Suing a military hospital counts as suing the government, so many people suffering from abuse did not go about bringing medical malpractice lawsuits against these hospitals. As a result, the hospitals continued to degenerate. Lawsuits can be an incredible way to keep hospitals and other organizations in check.
But despite this huge restriction, there are ways around it. The best thing that someone that has suffered from abuse or negligence at a military hospital is to get a close relative to file the lawsuit instead of him or herself. One other thing is that a patient who is not on active duty may have grounds in certain cases to file a claim.
There are many medical malpractice cases that can be filed in regards to these hospitals. Atrocities that may occur include:
• Delayed diagnosis
• Wrong amputation
• Wrongful death
If something has occurred to you or someone you love while staying at a military hospital, the following can legally file a claim against the hospital:
• Someone who is married to a current soldier
• The child of a current soldier
• A retired member of the armed forces
Do not let these restrictions keep you from reaching for justice.
To find out more about filing claims against military hospitals, visit the website of Washington military hospital claim lawyers of Fuller & Fuller today.