Thousands and thousands of plaintiffs appeal their cases to the U.S. Supreme Court every year. However, only a fraction of those cases will ever be heard by the Court. That is because the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) is selective about what cases they take. They have a limited schedule and only agree to hear cases that may have significant nationwide impact or settle legal issues on which there is disagreement in lower courts.
Recently the Court released a list of some of the cases it has agreed to take on this term (which begins in October). According to the Huffington Post, one of those cases involves claims of medical malpractice and battery by military doctors on the island of Guam. Interestingly, the case is making headlines because it was filed by the plaintiff himself, without a lawyer at all (known as “pro se”). It is rare for any appeal to be filed without an attorney and it is downright unheard of for those cases to be added to the SCOTUS schedule.
Medical Malpractice, Battery, & The MIlitary