Navy hospital medical malpractice cases

One of the great things about serving in the U.S. Navy, Army, Marines, or Air Force is the sense of community. Both service members and dependents pull through a lot of challenges and tough times knowing that they are not alone.

Unfortunately, when medical malpractice happens in a Navy, Army, or Air Force hospital, the victims often feel isolated. In a culture where hopes of promotion are pinned on perfect performance reviews, the brass does not usually encourage open talk or investigation of what went wrong when someone is needlessly injured or dies as a result of poor health care on base or on post.

The New York Times went so far as to report that military doctors and nurses who tried to improve the quality of care often faxed being “brushed off, transferred, investigated, passed over for promotion or fire after they pointed out problems with care.”

As a U.S. Army veteran, who served active duty as an officer and hospital administration, I know where to look to uncover the truth of military medical malpractice. While I have handled medical malpractice cases for over 15 years, I also believe that my past active duty experienced has helped me identify some of the common problems in Navy, Army, and Air Force hospital care.

I made a list of all of the U.S. Navy hospitals in the United States below. Each of these naval hospitals is tasked with the mission of providing health care to airmen and their family members. But, as anyone who has ever served knows, that is not the only responsibility of those who work in military hospitals.

Navy, Air Force, and Army hospital doctors and most of the nurses and techs are in uniform. Being in uniform brings with it extra duties, in addition to taking care of patients. These sailors, corpsmen, airmen, and soldiers also spend a lot of time on training exercises, which splits their require attention, time, and even sleep. 

Military hospitals are also often understaffed, with doctors who have less experience than their civilian counterparts. That can be a recipe for disaster. When I was on active duty, as a hospital administrator, many of our doctors were repaying military scholarships to medical school. They reported for active duty fresh out of medical school and residency training, in other words, at the beginning of their careers. And when they repaid their four year obligations, most of them would ETS into a more profitable civilian career.

At Painter Law Firm, we have a strong focus on medical malpractice suits. We also understand the unique demands for injuries and deaths from medical negligence that occur on base or on post, at a Navy, Air Force, or Army hospital. One big difference between military medical malpractice and is that the Federal Tort Claims Act applies to injuries and deaths that occur on base or on post.

Our Texas-based medical malpractice attorneys understand that Federal Tort Claims Act and are available to handle Navy, Army, and Air Force hospital malpractice cases nationwide. Many victims of medical malpractice are concerned about cover-ups, particularly when it happens on base or on post. Fortunately, military medical malpractice and wrongful death cases are in federal court, where a neutral federal judge presides, rather than through the military system.

If you or someone you care for has been injured or has died from care at any Navy, Air Force, or Army hospital, call the experience medical malpractice attorneys at Painter Law Firm, at 281-580-8800, for a free, confidential evaluation of your potential case.

U.S. Navy Hospitals

National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Naval Hospital Beaufort, Beaufort, SC
Naval Hospital Bremerton, Bremerton, WA
Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Camp Lejeune, NC
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Camp Pendleton, CA
Naval Hospital Guam, Agana Heights, GU
Naval Hospital Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Naval Hospital Lemoore, Lemoore, CA
Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Oak Harbor, WA
Naval Hospital Pensacola, Pensacola, FL
Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, CA
Naval Hospital Ship Comfort, Baltimore, MD
Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, San Diego, CA
Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA
Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA
Naval Medical Clinic Patuxent River, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD
Naval Medical Clinic Pearl Harbor, Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI
Naval Reserve Fleet Hospital Great Lakes, Naval Station Great Lakes, IL
Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital, Twentynine Palms, CA

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Robert Painter is an award-winning medical malpractice attorney at Painter Law Firm Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Houston, Texas. He is a former hospital administrator who represents patients and family members in medical negligence and wrongful death lawsuits all over Texas. Contact him for a free consultation and strategy session by calling 281-580-8800 or emailing him right now.