Trial Attorneys | Spohrer & Dodd | Jacksonville, FL
Military Medical Malpractice
Proudly serving active military, veterans and family members for over 35 years
While protecting our country, service members of any branch of the military can be involved in a medical malpractice that causes serious injuries or a wrongful death. Generally, the law forbids active-duty military from obtaining compensation directly from the government. To prevent the second guessing of "command and control" decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government is not responsible for injuries sustained to members of the armed forces during their course of duty. However, any member of the military or their family can seek compensation from the manufacturers of vehicles, medical devices, aircraft or other products that may have contributed to an accident. In addition, members may seek recovery from civilian contractors whose negligence is implicated in a mishap.
National and International Military Trial Experience
Based in Jacksonville, Florida, the law firm of Spohrer & Dodd aggressively seeks justice and fair recovery for military service members and families who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones due to negligence or malpractice. We are proud that our work promotes justice and enables individuals to confront the "well-defended" and "well-financed". Senior partners Robert Spohrer and Roger Dodd each have more than 35 years experience representing challenging and complex cases against the government and big business in state, federal, military and the U.S. Supreme Court. Our dedicated team of attorneys, staff and experts bring a wealth of trial experience to cases involving civilian and military malpractice, aircraft accidents, an unsafe workplace, vehicle accidents, insurance claims litigations, defective products and children's advocacy issues.
Filing a Negligence Lawsuit Against the Government
Military healthcare facilities and Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers offer some the best medical care in the world. But, when things do go wrong and you need assistance, only an experienced military medical malpractice lawyer can help determine your best options for seeking compensation for injuries. Specific government regulations for filing medical negligence claims exist under two Congressional statutes:
- Federal Tort Claims Act
The FTCA is a comprehensive legislative act by which the federal government has waived its sovereign immunity to allow civil suits for actions arising out of negligent acts of agents of the United States.
- Military Claims Act
The MCA covers injuries received by military families stationed outside the boundaries of the United States. The act is similar to the FTCA except the claimant has no right to sue the federal government if the military denies the claim.
A thorough understanding of the military judicial system can be critical to the success of your personal injury claim when you, or a member of your family, have suffered from someone's carelessness, negligence or malpractice. At Spohrer & Dodd, our military malpractice attorneys have investigated, settled and tried numerous incidents involving injury to military members, families, and injury to civilians due to military operations.