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On May 20, 2019, the Supreme Court had a chance to reconsider the constitutionality of Feres and chose not to do so. It is not the first time the highest court in the land could have taken a stand. In the 1987 decision United States v. Johnson, the court barred the widow of a Coast Guard pilot killed in a rescue mission from filing a claim under the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA), citing Feres as the reason.
In certain cases, and for specific conditions, opioids can be effective. However, painkiller dependence is very real, can occur quickly, and can wreak havoc on every aspect of your life — your job, your personal relationships, and your ability to experience joy.
Recognizing that overprescribing pain medication can be problematic for veterans, the VA has begun publicly posting data on how frequently doctors prescribe opioids. Former VA Secretary David Shulkin explained that the move would help, “provide a clearer picture of VA facilities that are successfully responding to the problem.”
If you are a U.S. military veteran seeking medical treatment from a VA hospital, make sure you know exactly who is treating you. Does your doctor work for the VA? Or is he or she a private contractor working for the VA? The reason it matters is because if something goes wrong with your treatment and you need to file a medical malpractice claim, the amount of time you have to do so can vary greatly.
More than a dozen states have filed lawsuits against Purdue Pharma for fueling the opioid epidemic that continues to destroy the lives of families and veterans across the country. However, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has taken a new approach when it comes to seeking retribution — going after the Sackler clan, the family responsible for running the pharmaceutical giant.
In 2016, the VA said that it was determined to reverse the rising suicide rate of veterans. Fast-forward two years later and it seems less, not more, is being done to reduce or prevent the suicide rate among veterans.
The Military Claims Act (MSA) allows for the submission of negligence claims (globally) against the U.S. government and its agencies, when its employees, while performing their duties, cause harm, property damage, or wrongful death.
The Military Claims Act (MSA) allows for the submission of negligence claims (globally) against the U.S. government and its agencies, when its employees, while performing their duties, cause harm, property damage, or wrongful death.