Senate Bill Introduced to Restore Rights of Injured Service members
According to a recent AAJ article the legal rights of servicemembers injured by medical negligence would be restored under legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate. The article states that a 1950 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Feres v. United States prevents servicemembers on active duty from holding the government accountable for non-combat related injuries. This decision strips military families of their right to seek redress through our civil justice system. The Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act (S. 1347 / H.R. 1478), sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), would offer servicemembers injured by medical negligence the same protections currently provided to veterans.