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Can I do additional rehab that my doctor hasn’t recommended but I think may help in the healing process?

Any injured person should never attempt physical activities inconsistent with their doctors restrictions. All sorts of issues relating to your physical condition, like whether you suffered any pre-existing condition of relevance, can arise in a deposition. If you are out of work from a serious injury, there will likely be an inquiry about all of your prior jobs and employment and you must disclose to your lawyer if you were fired for many prior position and why, and you must disclose any and all prior injury related claims that you have ever filed whether you believe they are relevant or not. We deal with lawyers that subpoena high school transcripts, division of motor vehicle driving records, other background checks etc.

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Can I file a claim against the U.S. military if I am injured during active duty military service because of mistakes by the military?

No. The United States is protected from personal injury claims or wrongful death claims by active military members that occur during the active duty military service, even if the injuries were due to mistakes made by the military or its doctors. The “Feres Doctrine” prevents claims made by active duty service members. Our firm has written extensively about the “Feres Doctrine” and the need to change this law, but it is still in existence and routinely upheld in court.  
About the editors: The motto at Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp& Duffan law firm is simple -“All we do is injury law.” We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you’d like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at (833) 997-1774.

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