Justice for Service Members Who Are Victims of Negligence
Our friends at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) are now fighting for the rights of service members who died not in combat, but because of medical negligence. One case in particular that is coming before a House judiciary subcommittee involves the tragic death of Marine Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez.
Sgt. Rodriguez served his country with honor for nearly a decade including a tour of duty in Iraq. Tragically, he died of medical negligence. His death should not have happened. When Rodriguez enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, he received a routine medical exam. Doctors diagnosed a blotch on his buttock as melanoma, but did not inform him of their diagnosis. Over the next eight years, the melanoma continued to grow. During his service in Iraq, Rodriguez had it examined again. This time he was told that it was “just a wart” and that he should have it examined upon his return to the United States. But when he actually got around to doing that, it was too late. Rodriguez died 18 months later from skin cancer, leaving behind his 7-year-old son.
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