On March 26, 2009 we reported on the efforts of one family to have the Feres doctrine legislatively overturned. If you recall the Feres doctrine prohibits an active member of the United States military from suing the an Army hospital for medical malpractice. This prohibition on medical malpractice suits brought by members of the armed services has long been an unfair bar to the legitimate claims of our nation’s heroes.
We are glad to announce that a House Judiciary subcommittee recently approved legislation to correct the injustice that is the Feres doctrine. This new bill would allow servicemen and their families to hold the military accountable for medical malpractice. The Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2009 is sponsored by Rep. Maurice hinchey (D-NY) and is named after serviceman Carmelo Rodriguez who died in 2007 after his cancer was misdiagnosed by military doctors. Below is a CBS news report about the late Sgt. Rodriguez.
The full House Judiciary Committee will take the matter up in July and decide whether to present the same to congress before it can become the law. While early on in the process, we are pleased to see the injustice of the Feres doctrine, which has been the law of the land since 1950, finally on the verge of being corrected.