A New Bill May Allow Military Members to Sue for Medical Malpractice
Louisiana Senator John Kennedy is helping to push a bill that would allow military personal to sue military hospitals for medical malpractice.
About the Military Malpractice Bill
Currently military members cannot sue the government for injuries sustained during medical treatment at their hospitals. This bill would give them the ability to sue for injuries sustained during medical, dental, or research care at military hospitals.
According to the Military.com, the only thing it would still not allow them to do is to sue care stations on the battlefield.
Stories of Those Affected
The current bill being proposed was named after Sgt. First Class Richard Stayskal. He is a Green Beret and a former Marine in the US Army. He now has terminal lung cancer because military doctors failed to investigate a suspicious mass on his lungs.
Another bill that had been previously proposed was named for another Marine Carmelo Rodriguez. He died at the age of 29 from melanoma after military doctors found a mass but did not tell Rodriguez it was melanoma.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
Currently medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The only things that kill more people are cancer and heart disease.
There are approximately 250,000 deaths every year from medical errors. However, despite the high amount of deaths caused by medical errors only about 5 percent result in any kind of lawsuit or payout for the harmed.
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