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It’s now easier to sue Feds for malpractice

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The U.S. Supreme Court has made it easier to sue the federal government for negligence, including medical malpractice at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, in a case involving deadlines for filing lawsuits.

The 5-4 majority  held that such deadlines could be extended for plaintiffs who had either done their best to comply with them or had failed to obtain critical information before them, MedScape reported.

In one brief, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and other groups argued that, as an Associated Press story put it, “veterans unwittingly miss their deadlines for filing claims because the Department of Veterans Affairs has created a confusing process.”

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