NBC Evening News for Friday, Jan 11, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Lack of legal recourse available to active military personnel who become victims of medical malpractice by military physicians examined; Carl Ruffin's experience reviewed as example [Ruff in family attorney Stephen TILLERY - describes Ruffin's death due to anesthesiologist's incompetence.] [Ruff in's WIFE - recalls reaction to husband's death.] No. military malpractice suits settled by federal government in recent years mentioned; claims noted not include medical malpractice involving active military personnel. Denise Chaffee-Soltice's brain damage and other disabilities as result of treatment in military hospital detailed. [CHAFFEE-SOLTICE - is frustrated over her inability to be normal, people's reaction to her.] Feres doctrine's effect on Chaffee-Soltice's suit explained. [Memphis attorney Jeff CROWE - explains his legal challenge to Feres doctrine.] Army's use of Feres doctrine as excuse for not investigating Chaffee-Soltice malpractice allegations noted. [CROWE - doesn't believe mil. medical standards will improve without accountability.] Defense Department attorney's justification for lack of accountability outlined on screen.
REPORTER: Mark Nykanen
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