Since 1979, almost 30,000 active-duty military personnel in the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force have died in non-combat situations, an average of nearly 5 deaths a day. The deaths occurred in activities ranging from off-duty incidents such as sickness, homicide and suicide, to training exercises and other peacetime missions. In 1998 an average of 55 soldiers out of every 100,000 died in non-combat related accidents.
Over the same period, over 1,000 soldiers have died from combat-related causes. These combat-related deaths occurred in conflicts including, but not limited to, the Gulf War, Somalia, Panama, Bosnia, various terrorist attacks (most notably a 1983 bombing of the Beirut Marine barracks) and Gulf War II (Operation Iraqi Freedom).
While military duty in both combat and non-combat training situations is perilous, some commentators are alarmed at the number of military men and women who loose their lives in peacetime maneuvers.
Two Congressional Acts allow United States servicemen and women to seek damages for injuries sustained due to medical malpractice. Under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), military personnel and their dependents are eligible to sue the federal government for medical malpractice that occurred at a military facility in the United States. The Military Claims Act (MCA) allows soldiers to sue the government for malpractice that occurred in an American military facility outside the United States.
If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a military accident, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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