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Can I Sue the United States if I am Injured while on Active-Duty?

What is the Feres Doctrine? The law about suing the United States government is complicated. It is even more complicated for people in the United States military. Here is a basic explanation about why active-duty service members cannot sue the United States Government if they are injured. Suing the United States is difficult for everyone, not just for service members. Until 1946, individual citizens who were injured by employees of the United States wer more...

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Feres Doctrine

This 1950 U.S. Supreme Court case found that the United States is not liable under the Federal Tort Claims Act for injuries to members of the Armed Forces that occurred while the service member was on active duty (and not on furlough) and which resulted from the negligence of others in the Armed Forces.The practical effect of the Feres Doctrine is to bar service members from collecting damages for personal injuries, whether or not they were suffered in the performance of their duties. more...

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