Washington D.C. Military Medical Malpractice Attorney
Members of our armed forces and their families make incredible sacrifices, devoting much of their lives and independence in service to the United States. Between 2008 and 2017, more than 1.6 million military service members suffered more than 3.6 million “acute incident” injuries in the line of duty. Even those who are not directly exposed to combat scenarios are still susceptible to trauma from infectious diseases, psychological stress, and military medical malpractice.
These men and women deserve the finest medical treatment our country has to offer. But sadly, many never receive it. A Pew Research survey found that 52 percent of injured veterans reported inadequate medical care from our nation’s government. An equally troubling revelation was released in 2014 by The New York Times, which reported significantly higher rates of maternal and surgical malpractice, as well as other risks and complications, at military hospitals as compared to civilian facilities.
The Law Offices of Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates fiercely supports all active duty service members. Our dedicated Washington, D.C. medical malpractice attorneys have handled cases of military medical malpractice under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FCTA) for more than three decades. As both a physician and attorney, our principal lawyer has the unique experience required to pursue justice on behalf of those who have suffered from negligent medical care.
If you or someone you love is a victim of military medical malpractice, call or contact us today for a free case review.
- 1 Why Do You Need a Washington D.C. Military Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
- 2 Can the VA Be Sued for Medical Malpractice?
- 3 Can I Sue the Military?
- 4 What Is the Military Claims Act?
- 5 What Kinds of Claims Can Be Brought?
- 6 Our Washington, D.C. Military Medical Malpractice Attorney Is Ready to Help You Today
Why Do You Need a Washington D.C. Military Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
While a lawyer is not required to pursue some military medical malpractice claims, you should know that these claims can be particularly complex. Lawyers are aware of the many legal details and restrictions that accompany military medical malpractice lawsuits. Their in-depth knowledge can help save time that would otherwise be spent researching the law or correcting errors caused by an incomplete understanding of procedures.
Additionally, service members have a limited amount of time and only two chances to present their administrative malpractice claims. Having a well-qualified attorney prepare and handle the legal document preparation will ensure that your claim is filed promptly and properly. When you hire the legal team at The Law Offices of Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D., & Associates, you’ll also have peace of mind from knowing that someone with both intensive medical and legal knowledge, as well as experience with military medical lawsuits, will be on your side.
Can the VA Be Sued for Medical Malpractice?
The Veterans Administration (VA) is a federal agency that may be sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) for medical malpractice. If a military service member or their dependents becomes injured or sickened by medical malpractice at a VA facility, they may be eligible to sue the VA under the FTCA.
Can I Sue the Military?
Until very recently, the Feres Doctrine prevented most active service members from suing the military for medical malpractice. However, under a new Military Medical Accountability Act, the U.S. Department of Defense is establishing a system that will allow active duty military personnel to sue for compensation if they suffer medical malpractice at military medical facilities. Service members are still technically unable to sue in federal court but can now file claims under the FTCA and have them adjudicated in a process within the government that is still being developed.
What Is the Military Claims Act?
The Military Claims Act (MCA) covers certain damages that are not covered under the FTCA. For example, unlike the FTCA, which covers medical malpractice that occurs in domestic military facilities, the MCA covers service member injuries that occur internationally. However, the MCA only covers injuries specifically referenced by military regulations. These cases are often complicated, and it can be difficult to determine which laws apply to your unique circumstances. For this reason, it’s wise to work with a military medical malpractice lawyer who can determine your legal options and can ensure you pursue the compensation you deserve through the appropriate channels.
Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. represents all types of military medical malpractice clients, including those covered under the FTCA and the MCA. His combination of medical and legal experience allows him to act as an aggressive advocate for all service members, regardless of their circumstances. If you or someone you love suffered injuries or illness as a result of military medical malpractice, Dr. Wilson is here to help.
What Kinds of Claims Can Be Brought?
No two military medical malpractice claims are alike. Examples of potential claimants might be:
- Babies or mothers who suffer injuries due to improper delivery procedures
- Veterans who develop complications after misdiagnoses or delayed diagnoses
- Spouses or children of service members who suffer injury because of substandard care
- Active duty service members harmed by negligence at military medical facilities
- Service members or dependents who are denied life-saving treatments
- Military members who suffer unnecessarily for improper care for chronic conditions
Our Washington, D.C. Military Medical Malpractice Attorney Is Ready to Help You Today
When most personal injury lawyers handle medical malpractice claims, they are unable to review the medical records themselves without a medical degree. This is not the case for Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. who has the ability to discuss your case with you, review your medical records, discuss your case with potential expert witnesses, and advice you concerning your options. His ability to evaluate both the medical and legal details of every medical malpractice case he handles gives him a distinct advantage when fighting for our firm’s clients.
Dr. Wilson offers more than 30 years of legal and medical experience, as well as a demonstrated track record of success. The Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates has won more than $100 million in medical malpractice compensation for deserving patients and families throughout Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Call or contact us online to find out more about how we can help with your military malpractice claim.