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Shapiro & Appleton

Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys that Support Diversity, Equality and Civil Rights

The U.S. Constitution provides that the citizens of each state shall be entitled to all privileges and immunities of citizens in the several states, and the 14th amendment declares that "no state" shall abridge those privileges, nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process. Our lawyers take these constitutional freedoms seriously, and we often remind juries of how a negligent person or company may have stifled our client's liberty and essentially taken our client's property without compensation.

Diversity means committing our law firm to seeking out diverse opinions, ethnically diverse expert witnesses and physicians, and to being mindful of the advantages of diversity in all aspects of our legal representation of clients. After all, our clients come from every walk of life and it is our job to help client's who often do not have the means to battle a big company.  
This includes our service members.  The jobs soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, Coat Guardsmen and National Guardsmen do require them to take great personal risks. These brave men and women too often get injured or killed in the line of duty.

None should face risks from their superiors or civilian colleagues, however. Members of the military do not surrender their basic civil rights to protection from intentional or negligent harm when they put on their uniforms. If anything, the men and women of our Armed Services need to have more protection from personal injury.  Why should service members not be entitled to sue if a military doctor or military hospital commits medical malpractice? Under a court-imposed doctrine known as the Feres Doctrine, an active-duty military member normally cannot bring a medical malpractice claim against a doctor working in a naval hospital, even for gross negligence. Moreover, these protections seem completely inappropriate, particularly when the problem did not occur in a war setting.
 

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