U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Military Malpractice Case
Monday, June 27, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court announced today it would not hear the case of Staff Sgt. Dean Witt, who died after a military doctors botched his appendectomy, according to the Stars and Stripes. The Supreme Court’s decision means the Feres Doctrine will remain the law of the land, as it has been since 1950.
As Home Post explained last week, the Feres Doctrine prohibits servicemembers from suing military doctors for malpractice. Witt’s family brought a lawsuit against the government, according to the Stars and Stripes, after a routine surgery left 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Witt in a vegetative state (read more).