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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.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other invisible injuries plague countless veterans across the country. Unfortunately, returning home from wartime and seeking treatment is not as easy or timely as it should be.
Drugs like OxyContin and Fentanyl are overprescribed for a wide-range of non-cancerous conditions, leading to addiction, ruined lives, hospitalization, and even death. Medical professionals believe the solution is to recognize that drugs are not the answer, that painkillers should not be a first response, and in many cases, never used at all. Through a combination of treatments, rather, pain may be managed so that victims can enjoy their lives without the worry of addiction and the downward spiral it often causes.
Using the phrase “incident to service,” the Feres Doctrine is able to deny compensation to many military service members unfairly. The term covers a wide range of cases including those related to sexual harassment, wrongful death, personal injury, and medical malpractice.