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STOCKTON: Army Recruit Dez Del Barba Has Leg Amputated After Contracting Flesh-Eating Disease During Basic Training


Mar 28, 2019

Dez Barba Stockton: Army Recruit Dez Del Barba Has To Have Leg Amputated After Contracting Flesh-Eating Disease During Basic Training For the California National Guard

STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA (March 28, 2019) – A 21-year-old army recruit identified as Dez Del Barba had to have his leg amputated after contracting a flesh-eating disease during basic training. 

Family members of the victim are blaming his condition on a lack of proper medical treatment at an army base. Dez Del Barba has had a total of 14 surgeries since mid-February including one that required the amputation of his leg above his left knee.

Doctors did this to help fight the spread of of necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial infection that can be deadly. The Centers for disease control says that quick surgeries and antibiotics are essential in fighting the disease. 

It all began when Dez Del Barba had a sore throat and later tested positive for the flesh-eating disease. Family members are saying that doctors waited 24 hours before notifying them of their son’s condition. 

The army recruit is currently at the Brooke Army Medical Center and awaiting a fitting for a prosthetic leg. There is an ongoing investigation into the incident at this time. 

You can help support the victim by donating to the Go Fund Me page set up for him.  

Liability In Accidents During Basic Training

Nearly 1,200 soldiers are discharged from the military every year from injuries they sustained during basic training. Soldiers may be seriously injured due to a doctor’s failure to provide reasonably prudent healthcare to prevent infection or treat an illness. Generally speaking the federal government is immune from civil lawsuit through the doctrine of “sovereign immunity.” But there are exceptions. Victims of medical malpractice may be able to file a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Unfortunately, not everyone who is injured through military medical malpractice may be able to pursue a claim. Under the “Ferres Doctrine” active military personnel are generally barred from bringing medical malpractice claims. Family members of the victim are generally not barred from bringing claims. Moreover, if the negligent healthcare provider was an independent contractor this may allow a victim to avoid statutory impediments to bringing a personal injury claim. 

Of course, negligence may extend beyond the care of a doctor. It’s important that victims attempt to locate the original source and cause of their illness. If, for example, a company independent of the federal government was responsible for a soldier’s illness they may face liability as well. The laws regarding claims for injured soldiers can be very complex. It’s best to have a personal injury attorney investigate your case and let you know what your options are. 

Getting Help After An Accident During Basic Training

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our thoughts and prayers to Army Recruit Dez and his family as he continues to recover. We strongly encourage everyone to donate to the Go Fund Me page that has been set up to help the victim recover. There needs to be some accountability for what has happened. It’s important that steps are taken to prevent this from taking place in the future. 

If you or someone that you love has been injured due to the medical negligence of doctors on a military base you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have about your rights. We can fight on your behalf to get you the justice that you deserve. Whether you need more information about an incident or are seeking assistance we are here for you. You can always reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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