Caps Raised on Military Medical Liability Claims

November 7, 2023

The Department of Defense (DoD) has raised the cap for U.S. military personnel who win medical liability claims against certain military hospitals and doctors. The troops, veterans or their authorized representatives can now receive up to $750,000 in damages. This is an increase from the previous cap of $600,000 and applies only to noneconomic damages. Economic damages, including loss of wages, are not capped.

The policy change to allow military personnel to sue DoD hospitals and doctors occurred in 2020. Up until then, troops and veterans were forbidden from suing the Department for any personal injuries or death resulting from negligent medical care caused by a military health professional.
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