Should Veterans Have the Right to Sue for Negligence in Military Hospitals?


Since 1950, U.S. veterans have been unable to make claims for medical malpractice committed in military hospitals. This seemingly unfair rule was decided in a U.S. Supreme Court case referred to by the Plaintiff’s name, Feres.It is now called the Feres Doctrine.

Many lawyers who represent vets thought there was a chance this 60-year-old rule might have been overturned by the current Supreme Court in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff named Witt. Unfortunately, Last week the Supreme Court declined to hear the case, and issued no comment on their reasoning.

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