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Doctor Lawyer Team Applauds DoD Medical Malpractice Accountability Effort

CONNECTICUT - The Doctor Lawyer Team, a law firm representing military members in lawsuits nationwide, comments on the efforts of U.S. Senator Mullin and U.S. Congressman Hudson to demand accountability for U.S. service members who have been victims of Department of Defense (DoD) medical malpractice. The DoD has failed to abide by a 2019 law Mullin and Hudson helped to pass to better protect soldiers from poor medical care.

Dr. Michael Giordano and Attorney Paul McConnell, partners and veteran owners of The Doctor Lawyer Team, have seen firsthand how the lack of accountability has left service members vulnerable to medical negligence or malpractice while serving their country. “We are proud that our elected officials are standing up and trying to enact important changes to laws that have historically harmed our country’s service men and women," said McConnell and Giordano in a joint statement, "Our service members put their lives on the line every day, and they deserve the best medical care available. If they are harmed from negligence, they deserve the same opportunities to recover as the people they protect."

In 2019, Senator Mullin and Congressman Hudson co-sponsored a bill to improve healthcare quality within the DoD. With this legislation, they intended to hold military medical personnel accountable for negligent acts committed while treating service members under their care. However, the DoD’s implementation of this law has been slow and inadequate.

“When our men and women in uniform make the brave decision to serve our country, they should know that we will take care of them and have their backs,” said Senator Mullin during a press conference on March 29, 2023. “What happened to SFC Richard Stayskal and so many others is a tragedy. We know that of the 155 medical malpractice claims that have been processed, 144 have been denied, and that’s just within the Army. That’s a serious problem. The DoD has repeatedly failed in its basic obligation to protect our service members, and they are liable.”

Congressman Hudson echoed these sentiments saying, “Rich Stayskal is my constituent. He’s my neighbor. He and Megan and the girls have become my friends. I was devastated when I heard this result from DoD. What happened to Rich Stayskal with this misdiagnosis and malpractice is unforgivable and an American tragedy. It’s compounded by the fact that, just like 144 heroes who have applied for relief, they have been denied. These folks kept their promise to us, they served honorably, and they deserve the best we have to offer them, and that’s not what they’re getting.”

To watch the entire press conference, click here.

The Doctor Lawyer Team is proud of elected officials' commitment to protecting military personnel from substandard healthcare provided by government providers such as those operated by the DoD. McConnell and Giordano believe that servicemen and women must receive quality healthcare services at all times—especially during their service—so that they can focus on protecting our nation without worry.

“The Army, Air Force, Navy, and the DoD all need to get their act together and implement the laws that our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are fighting to protect,” said Dr. Giordano.

About The Doctor Lawyer Team

At The Doctor Lawyer Team, we are dedicated to serving our clients and their families in achieving justice in the face of adversity. Founding attorneys Paul McConnell and Dr. Michael Giordano are trial lawyers with the experience and success to ensure you enjoy your legal rights. Dr. Giordano is a board-certified neurosurgeon and attorney, and attorney Paul McConnell is a former Judge and federal prosecutor.

We are a veteran-owned personal injury law firm that combines legal and medical expertise to deliver results, and we have unparalleled and uncompromising professional standards. Our personal injury doctor/lawyer team represents victims of serious injuries and families of those who have died because of incidents that occurred due to negligence.

We also help military families, both stateside and abroad, recover compensation if a family member or dependent has suffered injury through negligence or malpractice of a military doctor, VA hospital, or other medical facility. For nearly all our professional lives, we have been committed to serving alongside service members with “Mission Accomplishment” as the hallmark of our calling.

If you or a family member have been injured, our team can help. Our personal injury doctor/lawyer team represents victims of serious injuries as well as families of those who have died as a result of incidents that occurred due to negligence. Call The Doctor Lawyer Team at (833) DLT-WINS; (833) 358-9467 to schedule your free consultation.

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