Indiana military families will not be able to file Medical Malpractice
claims for malpractice that occurs at military hospitals. That’s
because the United States Supreme Court decided it will not hear a case
that would have stripped the protection military doctors and nurses have
from medical malpractice lawsuits. The shield from military Medical Malpractice
and Medical Negligence lawsuits stems from a 1950 Supreme Court decision
and is known as the Feres Doctrine.
Fox News reports that in response to the Supreme Court declining to hear
this latest case, lawmakers say they will again propose legislation to
change the law that prohibits military medical malpractice lawsuits. If
lawmakers are successful in overturning the Feres doctrine, the Congressional
Budget Office estimates it will cost the government about $135 million
every year in claims.
Military doctors and nurses aren’t the only ones immune from medical
malpractice lawsuits. For example, in Indiana, the Indiana State Medical
Association explains some doctors are protected from medical malpractice
liability in specific cases like some volunteer work and some work at
community health centers and free clinics. In general, medical malpractice
lawsuits in Indiana are guided by the Indiana Compensation Act for Patients.
Experienced Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyers are well-aware of
the legal changes and challenges medical malpractice laws are facing.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a medical error, the Medical
Negligence Attorneys at Crossen Kooi can offer solid advice. Contact the
Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers for a FREE consultation.