Wounded service members are being targeted by lawyers in hospital rooms, persuading them to sign representation agreements on the spot in order to obtain rights from the Department of Defense. This concerning phenomenon has been brought to light by State Comptroller Matanyahu Engelman, who issued a warning about the issue.
Engelman expressed concern that these wounded individuals are being pressured to sign agreements without fully understanding whether representation is truly necessary. The Department of Rehabilitation of the Ministry of Defense has emphasized that wounded military personnel receive all necessary services free of charge during their hospitalization and for the first four months of rehabilitation after hospitalization. However, some individuals may require representation during medical commissions after this period.
It is worth noting that there are strict limitations on the fees that lawyers can receive for representing patients during medical examinations at the National Insurance Institute. However, no such restrictions exist for medical examinations at the Ministry of Defense. The Bar Association has stated its intention to take action against lawyers who actively approach wounded service members with offers of their services, particularly if done so in a hospital setting.