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Congressman Hinchey Unveils New Legislation to Permit Medical Malpractice Claims Against the Military

Congressman Hinchey unveiled a new bill that would allow victims of medical malpractice in military hospitals to file medical malpractice lawsuits against the military. The bill will be called the Carmelo Rodriguez Military Medical Accountability Act of 2008 after Sgt. Rodriguez who died after a serious of catastrophic medical mistakes that lead to his death. When Rodriguez entered the military, a routine examination revealed melanoma. However the doctor did not tell him about the cancer and failed to refer him to a specialist. A subsequent doctor misdiagnosed the melanoma. Rodriguez soon died from the melanoma. This bill would allow families and individuals to assert medical malpractice claims against military doctors, effectively reversing the Feres Doctrine which prevents military members and their families from suing over medical care received in service.

Read more about the new bill here.