Military Services Approving Roughly 3% of Malpractice Claims from Service Members

An Air Force ophthalmologist performs eye surgery.

In the four years since Congress passed a law allowing troops to file claims against the Defense Department for medical malpractice, the military services have received 597 claims and approved just 20, or 3%. Before the law was signed in late 2019, military hospitals and physicians largely were immune to claims from active-duty members under […]

Tripler Hospital Settles Malpractice Lawsuit for $9.5M After Army Wife’s Botched Surgeries Led to Death

Tripler Army Medical Center

The U.S. government will pay $9.5 million to a military family to settle a medical malpractice judgment for a “botched gastric bypass surgery” in 2020. In November 2020, Julie Bond, a 31-year-old Army wife, underwent a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure at Tripler Army Medical Center after being referred to the hospital’s bariatric surgery program by her primary care physician at […]

Tripler Army Medical Center to Pay $29.5M in Malpractice Case

Tripler Army Medical Center

Hawaii’s U.S. District Court on Tuesday awarded $29.5 million to a local military family in the largest medical malpractice judgment against Tripler Army Medical Center for a 2016 incident involving their then-month-old child. In September 2016, John and Laura Warren rushed their daughter to Tripler when their baby’s belly became distended and tight, and she turned blue from the bellybutton down. Shortly […]